Biography

Tnee is a charismatic and unique musical artist with a contagious enthusiasm for creativity and spontaneous invention. 

His most recent work has been as a creative producer and musical director in A Very Naughty Christmas a piece of independent musical theatre which played to sold-out crowds at the Brisbane Powerhouse in December 2017. 

Tnee is Co-Artistic Director of Western-Dyer productions who in September 2017 toured to over 16 regional areas around Western Australia with their critically acclaimed cabaret show Barbara and Barry’s Sweet Sour and Saucy

In early 2017 Tnee was the Music Director for the Matilda Awards Ceremony (Queensland Theatre Awards) and was Music Director for Seven on Sinatra hosted by the Powerhouse as part of the Queensland Cabaret Festival.

At the end of 2016 Western Dyer Productions toured three of their own productions to over 20 regional centres around Queensland which culminated in co-hosting the Mt Isa Carols by Candlelight to a 2000+ audience. As well as his freelance work Tnee is currently employed at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts as a trainer in music and performance.

While in London (end of 2015) Tnee's unique talents were put to use as an artist/compare in the cabaret 'Les Enfants Perdus' for the Canterbury International Arts Festival, as MD/artist/compare for 'Christmas in the Spiegeltent' in Bristol and as MD for a season of 'Oh Lady Be Good' at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Before leaving Australia, Tnee was awarded a Careers Development Grant from Arts Queensland to study advanced songwriting and production techniques in the London. At the end of 2015 Tnee was musical director for 'Oh Lady be Good' and 'Songs for Sarah Conner' both of which featured in the 2015 Queensland Cabaret Festival. 

His unique skills and allure have bestowed him with critical success for his performance of Sweet Sour and Saucy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his long-time collaborator and life partner Melissa Western. Building on the success of Sweet Sour and Saucy, the duo were awarded a grant from the Playing Queensland Fund and have since successfully toured their cabaret to over twenty regional towns around Queensland.

He has worked with Opera Australia as an assistant musical director/composer on their production of Yarrabah the Musical. He has also worked as a musical director with WOT Opera (2014), helping to facilitate the rapid creation of student-lead operas. He has a Bachelor of Arts, Advanced Dip of Jazz Performance from the Jazz Music Institue and has attained a Grad Dip in secondary education with distinction at QUT.

He is known for his captivating emotional expression as a virtuosic jazz pianist in solo and group performances around his hometown of Brisbane. Tnee is also frequently commissioned to compose music, his most recent composition, 'Mummy who am I', is featured in a book published by Boolarong Press. He is a respected jazz educator jointly responsible for the highly successful jazz engagement program Talkin’ Jazz from 2006 - 2011. Tnee is a full-time musician/performer working in a variety of rolls from session playing on jazz recordings to fronting covers bands for corporate events. 



Qualifications

Graduate Diploma Education Music QUT with Distinction (2010) 

Bachelor of Arts Griffith University (2007)

Advanced Diploma of Music Jazz Music Institute (2006)

Musical Improvisation | Piano | Voice | Synthesisers | Composing | Arranging | Looping | Recording | Audio Production (Logic) | Film Production | Teaching (Classroom/Private) | Mentoring | Community Facilitation | Syllabus Design.



Career Highlights
  • Christmas in the Spiegeltent Bristol 2015
  • 'Les Enfants Perdus' Canterbury International Arts 2015
  • Lissa and Nee Nee Aus Day Courier Mail Piazza Southbank 2015
  • Queensland Tour SSS and L&NN over 20 regional QLD towns 2015 
  • Sweet Sour and Saucy Woodford Folk Festival 2014
  • Lissa and Nee Nee's - Morten Bay Regional Council Library Tour 2014
  • Sweet Sour and Saucy Canterbury International Arts 2014
  • Music Director - WOT Opera    Sydney    2014
  • Bobby Brookes Wilson - Little Richard Tribute    Twin Towns Gold Coast    2014
  • ArTour Showcase    Brisbane Judith Wright Centre    2014
  • International Women’s Day - MC/Performing    Brisbane Town Hall    2014
  • Lissa and Nee Nee’s Riverside Adventure    Woodford Folk Festival    2013
  • Sweet, Sour & Saucy     Edinburgh Fringe Festival    2013
  • Lissa and Nee Nee’s Riverside Adventure    Edinburgh Fringe Festival    2013
  • Assistant Music Director - Opera Australia    Yarrabah the Musical; Cairns     2013
  • The Keapers – Original Compositions    Brisbane Jazz Club    2013
  • Jesse Green Feat Tnee & Hanlon Brothers    Brisbane Jazz Club    2013
  • Lissa and Nee Nee Riverside Adventure Powerkids Brisbane Powerhouse     2013
  • The Keapers – supporting Vince Jones    Gold Coast Arts Centre    2013
  • Lissa and Nee Nee / Minx Moxy    Woodford Folk Festival    2012
  • Baby Loves Music and Movement     Out of the Box Festival - QPAC    2012
  • Oh Lady be Good     UK National Rural Touring Scheme    2012
  • Songs from the Heart    State Library Queensland    2011
  • Ella meets Marilyn     Brisbane Jazz Club    2010
  • Premier’s Senior’s Christmas Concert    Cairns; Brisbane    2010
  • Close to You     Brisbane Cabaret Festival    2010
  • Of War and Love    State Library Queensland    2010
  • Premier’s Citizenship Ceremony     Suncorp Stadium Southbank    2009
  • Lush Life    Edinburgh Fringe Festival; UKNRTS    2009
  • Lord Mayor’s Gala Ball    Brisbane Town Hall    2009
  • Melissa and Cunning Accompanist    Adelaide Fringe; Sydney; Melbourne    2008
  • Tim Rodger’s Support Act – Australian Tour    Brisbane Jazz Club    2007
  • Mischievous Minx    Brisbane Cabaret Festival    2006

Professional Development

Vince Jones (Australian Jazz Legend) Master Class at Jazz Music Institute (2011) 
David Leiberman (New York Jazz multi-instrumentalist/composer) Master Class at JMI (2010) 
Irene Bartlett (Jazz vocalist) Masterclass at the Brisbane Jazz Club (2009) 
Darren Percival (Vocal instrumentalist) at the Brisbane Powerhouse (2009) 
Aaron
Goldburg (NY Jazz pianist/composer) Workshop and Masterclass - Allans Music Academy (2008) 
Aquinia ‘Queenie’ Van der Zant (Singer/actress) Cabaret Maser class at Powerhouse (2007) 
Ingrid James (Jazz singer) private tuition (2007) 
John Reeves (Jazz pianist) private tuition (2006) 
John Hofman (Jazz trumpet) private tuition (2001) 
Neil Favell (Classical French Horn) private tuition (1996-2000)