Welcome to the website of
pianist and composer
Welcome to the website of
pianist and composer
On Friday I'm playing at the Jazzwerkstatt Bern, on the occasion of the festival's ten-year anniversary, with a brand-new project: Lisa Hoppe's Ambush. Lisa is a fantastic bass player and composer and we're playing a concert of her music, especially written for the occasion. The band is made up of Lisa (Germany) on bass, myself on piano, Phelan Burgoyne (also from England) on drums, Yumi Ito (Switzerland/Poland/Japan) vocals and Yehonathan Cohen (Israel/USA) on sax. Click on jazzwerkstatt.ch for more info!
This month I'm spending a lot of time in one of the most beautiful Swiss cities, Lucerne, playing a solo piano gig most nights, in the bar of the Hotel Schweizerhof. I had already been here before, almost a year ago, rehearsing for the Philipp Fankhauser/Margie Evans Unplugged Tour. There's a lovely Yamaha grand piano and the surroundings are quite inspiring - Richard Wagner finished composing Tristan and Isolde here in 1859. The food's pretty great too! I'm also really looking forward to playing at the Jazzwerkstatt in Bern with Lisa Hoppe's Ambush, on which more later.
I arrived back in Europe a week ago, after a very enjoyable six weeks over Christmas, playing in Dubai with Ollie Howell's quartet at Quincy Jones' first ever jazz club: Q's bar at the Palazzo Versace. I now have a new website to keep you informed about upcoming projects for 2017 and beyond.
March 7th - Jam Session Opener, Mehrspur, Zurich, Switzerland
March 9th - Jam Session Opener, Louis Bar, Hotel Montana, Lucerne, Switzerland
March 30th - Jam Session Opener, Louis Bar, Hotel Montana, Lucerne, Switzerland
April 7th - Ollie Howell Quartet album launch, Rich Mix, London, UK
May 2nd - Ilja, Podium Basel, Switzerland
May 4th - Ilja, Lebewohlfabrik, Zurich, Switzerland
May 5th - Ilja, Café l'entre deux, La Chaux-de-fonds, Switzerland
May 6th - Ilja, Bärechäller, Aarburg, Switzerland
May 24th - Ilja, Pyramidstage Bern, Switzerland
June 10th - Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra, St. Luke's Church, Upminster, London, UK
September 12th - Lisa Hoppe's Ambush, HKB Auditorium, Bern, Switzerland
September 15th - Tom Millar medium ensemble, HKB Auditorium, Bern, Switzerland
September 29th - with Chris von Hoffmann band, Louis Bar, Hotel Montana, Lucerne, Switzerland
Autumn 2017 - UK album launch tour for Unnatural Events, details to follow
Autumn 2017 - Switzerland/Germany album launch tour for Unnatural Events, details to follow
November 2017 - London Jazz Festival with Tom Millar Quartet
PAST CONCERTS 2017:
November 28th 2016 - January 6th 2017: with Ollie Howell Quartet, Opening Q’s bar, Dubai, UAE
January 12th - Jam Session Opener, Louis Bar, Hotel Montana, Lucerne, Switzerland
January 19th - Jam Session Opener, Louis Bar, Hotel Montana, Lucerne, Switzerland
January 26th - Jam Session Opener, Louis Bar, Hotel Montana, Lucerne, Switzerland
January 31st - Jam Session Opener, Cinqième Etage, Bern, Switzerland
February 3rd-6th - Solo Piano at the Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland
February 11th-18th - Solo Piano at the Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland
February 20th-21st - Solo Piano at the Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland
February 24th - with Lisa Hoppe’s Ambush, Jazzwerkstatt Bern @ PROGR, Switzerland
Tom Millar is a pianist, composer and bandleader. He was born in Sydney, Australia, grew up in London, and read Music at King’s College, Cambridge, followed by an MA in Jazz Piano at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He is currently based in Switzerland, where he is taking composition and piano lessons with Django Bates.
His debut album with his quartet, Unnatural Events, will be appearing in 2017 on Spark! Label, and was recorded with funding from an Emerging Excellence Award (Help Musicians UK), the Jazz Services’ Recording Support Scheme, and a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The quartet plays Tom’s original music, inspired by places and people that are important to him. Tracks include the soulful ballad 'Park Hill’; his setting of the proto-environmentalist poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, 'Inversnaid'; and rock-out grooves in 'The Seafarer', 'Power Chord Thing' and 'Woad'. It features some of the most in-demand young jazz musicians in London: Misha Mullov-Abbado on bass, Alex Munk on guitar and Dave Storey on drums. Singer Alice Zawadzki features on two tracks on the album.
Tom has performed at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Vortex, 606 Club, the London Jazz Festival, KKL Lucerne and Paul Klee Centre, Bern. He toured England and Wales with the Lyric Ensemble, performing the music of Michael Garrick; with Ollie Howell’s quintet; with Duncan Eagles’ quartet; and has recorded albums with the Tom Smith Septet and Andrew Linham Big Band. Further afield, he has played in the USA, Europe and Qatar, including a nationwide tour with Swiss blues star Philipp Fankhauser and venerable singer Margie Evans from Shreveport, Louisiana. He recently played for the opening residency in Quincy Jones’ first ever jazz club, Q’s bar, at the Palazzo Versace, Dubai, between November 2016 and January 2017. Upcoming projects include playing with bassist Lisa Hoppe's Ambush at the Jazzwerkstatt Festival, Bern.
While living in London, Tom ran the monthly jam session and gig at the Green Note, Camden, as well as playing a monthly duo concert there with some of his favourite singers. He was also a member of Way Out West musicians’ collective, for which he created various different projects including a quintet with Gareth Lockrane and Fini Bearman, and a nonet playing his compositions and arrangements with Jim Hart, Tim Whitehead, Tony Woods and Laura Jurd, among others.
'beautifully articulated piano lines … Millar's percussive composition 'Rain in Rio' [was] an audience favourite' Jazzwise
'Ambitious young band … exploring sophisticated original material' Time Out, London
'Tom's music is full of strong melodies, quirky rhythmic hooks and unusual forms' Londonjazznews.com
'Finely crafted tunes and thoughtful improvisations' Tim Whitehead
Photo credits: Aga Tomaszek (1, 2, 5, 6, 7), Sabine Burger (9), Pascal Steiger (4), Monika S. Jakubowska (3), Gonyukov (Gvitaly) at Dubai Night (8)
Please contact me at tom [at] tommillar [dot] com
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