TIM O'DWYER: SOUNDPAINTING (WLJ Participatory Series #2)




[ We Love Jazz SG Participatory Series #2 ]

Our previous installation for We Love Jazz Participatory Series (WLJPS) went down a storm and if you missed it, join us for our second series with Soundpainter - Dr Tim O'Dwyer. Tim has been a scholar with Walter Thompson since 2014 after he went to a workshop in Paris where he was teaching. We promise you just as much fun!

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6:30-7:00pm: Door opens, set up.

7:00-7:45pm: Soundpainting workshop Part I

7:45-8:10pm: Break

8:15-9:00pm: Soundpainting workshop Part II

9:00pm : End of session

What is Soundpainting?

Sound painting is the universal multidisciplinary live composing sign language for musicians, actors, dancers, and visual Artists created by Walter Thompson in Woodstock, New York in 1974. Today, more than 1200 gestures have been created to shape the direction of performance and real-time compositions. The language continues to develop through Thompson's performance, and contributions from various artists and educators across different genres.

How will it be organised?

Dr Tim O'Dwyer will introduce the language in a series of hands and body gestures that represent specific form of music element and/or expression to be performed by the participants. Tim will then conduct and communicate with the group in the series of signs, and develop the responses of the performers into a composing piece.

'I don't have any experience in this...'

Do not worry if you are not a musician or a professional artist in any creative disciplinary as the session will be workshopped. In fact, sound painting is also a creative process that enables each individual and group to draw out their own innate creativity through an array of structural parameters conducted by the Soundpainter. It is through this experiential learning process that you will discover that creative voice you never knew. Let this discovery surprise yourself.


  1. Please come 15 minutes before the start of the session to set up / soundcheck
  2. Bring your own instruments & microphones (we will prepare PA & amps).
  3. We have basic instruments : drum set, piano, keyboards, PA system, but no cables will be provided
  4. For participants : please be prepared to make new music, not songs you know and normally play - this is not a regular Jazz jam session / open mic.
  5. For audience : please be ready to hear the process of how people improvise, not necessarily a specific song or familiar melodies/progressions.
  6. Be open to playing with musicians of all ages, genres, levels and experiences.
  7. There will be no eating or drinking allowed in G302 except water and such, but there is a bench outside of the room and many places to eat nearby.



Saxophonist / Improviser / Composer / Soundpainter / Educator

Dr Tim O'Dwyer, (b. 1971) in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, is a saxophonist, improviser, composer, soundpainter and educator currently Head of the School of Contemporary Music at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore where he has been living and teaching since 2004. Tim's career has constantly stretched across borders of genre, performance practice and art forms. Trained as a jazz musician at the Victorian College of Arts graduating with a BA Music in 1993 and furthered his studies with a tuition grant from Australian Council for the Arts in 1995 studying with composer Richard Barrett in Amsterdam and visionary saxophonist / improviser Evan Parker in London.

Following his studies, Tim returned to Melbourne and joined the underground punk-jazz band buckertirder who went on to release four acclaimed cods and countless shows with their uncompromising original material (composed by O'Dwyer in collaboration with David Brown bass/guitar, Sean Baxter drums, Adams Simmons saxes and James Wilkinson Trombone/Electronics) to performing the works of Sun Ra "Space is The Place" and the late-period of John Coltrane (including celebrated performnaces of 'Meditations' and 'OM'), to collaborations with the contemporary classical group LIBRA, the contemporary dance group dance works (in collaboration with choreographer Sandra Parker) and performing with international rock groups like Zena Geva (Jap) and Sonic Youth (US). bucketrider performed celebrated shows at both The Melbourne and Wangarratta Jazz Festivals.

Tim has been a scholar with Walter since 2014, after he went to a workshop in Paris where he was teaching. Since then, Tim formed his own group in Singapore: "Erik Satay and the Kampong Arkestra". The expressive, exciting and colourful ensemble is carefully hand picked by Tim and made up of the best experimental performers in Singapore.



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Fri Jun 30, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM SGT
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