TARA JANE O’NEIL

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tara Jane O’Neil creates melodic and experimental music under her own name and in collaboration with other artists, bands, and filmmakers. Her work innately crosses genres and boundaries — drawings that morph from natural forms to linear abstractions, melodic songcraft melded with experimental noise. Live performances range from solo construction to large ensemble improvisation. Dance, film and theater scores accompany the work, each telling the story in a dialect all their own. Though they spring from the same source, each piece takes a distinct form — several genies emerging from a single lamp.

Her musical life started at the tender age of 19 as the bass player for the influential and short lived art-punk ensemble Rodan in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. During the 1990’s, O’Neil played in the duo Retsin and non-epic chamber rock band the Sonora Pine, and collaborated with many other groups. In New York City, she recorded her first solo album, Peregrine, in the bathtub of her Ludlow Street apartment; its 2000 release on Quarterstick Records marked the start of O’Neil’s increasingly complex and beautiful solo releases, most recently 2009’s A Ways Away [KLP207].

In 2003 she moved to Portland, Oregon. While writing her own music, O’Neil has also collaborated with Papa M, Ida, Mirah, Michael Hurley, Jackie O’Motherfucker, and the King Cobra; scored soundtracks for film and theater; and records instrumental music under the moniker Strange Clouds. O’Neil is also an accomplished visual artist whose paintings and drawings have exhibited worldwide, and appeared on several record covers and in numerous publications; two books of her artwork have been published, Who Takes A Feather (Map Press, Japan, 2003) and Wings. Strings. Meridians: A Blighted Bestiary (Yeti, 2007.)

She recorded a self-titled collaboration with Nikaido Kazumi, with whom she spent two years turning their four-day recording session into gorgeous intuitive guitar and voice duets that create a collection of orchestral collages which are truly a unique delight for the ears.

Recently, O’Neil has relocated to Los Angeles.  This spring, she is releasing a new single on K, the Connections 7″.  She can be found this April organizing a festival or Portland art and music being presented by the Pompidou and its adjacent venues in Paris and Metz with fellow K artists Mirah and Tender Forever.

 

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Intended for both for dreamers and lovers, for sleepy afternoons in the sunshine and moments of light and laughter, Tara Jane O’Neil’s International Pop Underground 7″ Sirena [IPU136] are two songs are captured with such artistry that they are almost tangible. From that 7″….

Tara Jane O'Neil - Sirena

O’Neil coaxes gamelan sonorities or tiny gongs out of her guitar, thick dissonant tone clusters or rapid finger picking to support her mellifluous call. From TJO’s full-length album A Ways Away [KLP207]

Tara Jane O'Neil - Dig In

Tara Jane O'Neil

Photo by Sarah Cass

Tara Jane O'Neil

Photo by Sarah Cass

Tara Jane O'Neil

Photo by Sarah Cass

Tara Jane O'Neil

Photo by Megan Holmes

Tara Jane O'Neil

Photo by Megan Holmes

Tara Jane O'Neil

Tara Jane O'Neil

Photo by Elena Márquez

For booking inquiries please contact erik@unclebooking.com
Date City Venue Country
07/16/13 Tara Jane O’Neil in Seattle, WA The Sunset United States
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 5433 Ballard Avenue Northwest. Venue phone: (206) 784-4880. w/ Shugo Tokumaru
07/15/13 Tara Jane O’Neil in Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge United States
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 830 E Burnside St.. Venue phone: (503)231-9663. w/ Shugo Tokumaru
07/13/13 Tara Jane O’Neil in San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill United States
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 1233 17th Street. Venue phone: (415) 621-4455. w/ Shugo Tokumaru
07/12/13 Tara Jane O’Neil in Los Angeles. CA The Echo United States
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 1822 W Sunset Blvd. w/ Shugo Tokumaru
06/20/13 Tara Jane O’Neil in San Francisco, CA The Independent United States
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 628 Divisadero St. w/ COME
06/19/13 Tara Jane O’Neil in Los Angeles. CA Bootleg Theater United States
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 2220 Beverly Blvd. w/ COME
05/31/13 Tara Jane O’Neil in Portland, OR Disjecta United States
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 8371 N Interstate Ave. As part of The Quiet Music Festival
08/26/12 Tara Jane O’Neil in Portland, OR Holoscene United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 1001 SE Morrison Street (503) 239-7639. Venue phone: (503) 239-7639. An ensemble playing the composition One Piece of Seven (performed with Rachel Carns, Kanako, Lisa Schonberg, Rachel Blumberg, Katy Davidson)
08/26/12 Tara Jane O’Neil in Portland, OR Holoscene United States
Time: 6:00am. Address: 1001 SE Morrison Street (503) 239-7639. Venue phone: (503) 239-7639. RACC Grant Project – Sev Entrain w/ Rachel Carnes, Lisa Schonburg, Kanako Pooknyw, Heather Treadway + Special Guest
07/21/12 Tara Jane O’Neil in Los Angeles, CA Pieter Performance Space United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 420 West Ave 33. w/ Little Wings and Bouquet (Carolyn Fro, The Finches)
07/20/12 Tara Jane O’Neil in Isla Vista, CA Biko Garage United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 6612 Sueno Rd.. w/ Little Wings and Bouquet (Carolyn Fro, The Finches)
05/27/12 Tara Jane O’Neil in Louisville, KY The Cave United States
Time: 8:00pm. w/ Catherin Irwin (of Freakwater)
05/25/12 Tara Jane O’Neil in New York, NY Whitney Museum of American Art United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 945 Madison Avenue. Venue phone: (212) 570-3600. Performing with Dawn Kasper inside of her installation, This Could Be Something If I Let It
05/24/12 Tara Jane O’Neil in Brooklyn, NY Zebulon United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 258 Wythe Avenue. w/ Lone Wolf (Ryan Sawyer)
04/26/12 Tara Jane O’Neil in Paris Le Gaite Lyrique France
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 3bis Rue Papin. Venue phone: 01 53 01 52 00.
04/25/12 Tara Jane O’Neil in Paris Centre Pompidou France
Time: 8:00pm. Address: Place Georges Pompidou. Venue phone: 01 44 78 12 33. Live score to films by Vanessa Renwick
04/21/12 Tara Jane O’Neil in Paris Centre Pompidou France
Time: 8:00pm. Address: Place Georges Pompidou. Venue phone: 01 44 78 12 33. Live score to films by Vanessa Renwick
04/20/12 Tara Jane O’Neil in Metz Les Trinitaires France
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 12 Rue des Trinitaires. Venue phone: 03 87 20 03 03.

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"A Ways Away, O'Neil's fifth solo album and first on the K imprint, draws together her considerable experience as a producer, singer, and songwriter in a fleetingly beautiful 36 minutes that washes over the listener in an introspective haze."
-Pitchfork

"The improvisation and ambiguity make the album [Tara Jane O'Neil & Nikaido Kazumi] very textural and also very alive. Everything is perpetually unresolved and moody. It makes for breathtakingly organic music, almost untouched by human hands."
-MTV Iggy"