Marc Hannaford
Described by Jason Moran as a pianist who has “taken full control of the music histories that interest him: from Messaien to Earl Hines…with a new sound that only comes from within him,” Marc Hannaford has established himself in the New York jazz and improvised music scene since his arrival from Australia in 2013.  He has performed and recorded with improvised music luminaries such as Tim Berne, Tom Rainey, Mark Helias, Tony Malaby, Jen Shyu, and Ellery Eskelin.  His most recent release, Can You See With Two Sets of Eyes? was pronounced “advanced, contemporary, improvised, virtuosic music might sound like, a decade or more into the future” (The Weekend Australian).

Marc won the 2013 Music Council of Australia’s Freedman Fellowship, the 2013 Jazz “Bell” award for most original album (Sarcophile), and the 2013 Australian Performing Rights Association’s Art Award for best work (“Anda Two”).  Other awards and nominations have come from the National Jazz Awards, The A.R.I.A. awards, The AIR awards, The Australia Council for the Arts, the Ian Potter Foundation, University of Melbourne, and the International Song Contest.

Marc current resides in New York.  He has performed at lauded New York venues The Stone, The Jazz Gallery, Spectrum, Greenwich Music House, Cornelia Street Café, Barbès, and Ibeam, and in Australia under the auspices of The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, The Stonnington Jazz Festival, Jazzgroove, The Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival, The Melbourne Jazz Co-operative, The Make-It-Up Club, The Sydney Improvised Music Association.  His collaborators have included Tony Malaby, Tom Rainey, Tim Berne, Scott Tinkler, Ingrid Laubrock, Anna Webber, Simon Barker, John Rodgers, Ken Edie, Satoshi Takeishi, Simon Jermyn, and Ben Gerstein.

A recording of his twenty-minute work, “Fainter, Stronger,” commissioned by the Monash Art Ensemble, will be released in 2019, and he is currently working on material for trio, solo piano with electronics, and chamber ensembles.

Marc Hannaford is a complex Australian pianist that has taken full control of the music histories that interest him: from Messaien to Earl Hines. When Marc fuses those histories with his own compositions, the results are a new sound that only comes from within him, and thankfully they exist for us to hear.  It’s rewarding music that deserves all of the attention the music demands.
— Jason Moran (pianist)

If by chance you were wondering what an advanced, contemporary, improvised, virtuosic music performance might sound like, a decade or more into the future, this album provides a definite possibility.
— John McBeath (The Weekend Australian)

Hannaford spins lines like unspooled pearls.
— Bradley Bambarger (Downbeat)

Hannaford’s performance once again placing him in the top echelon of Australia’s very best jazz pianists.
— John McBeath (The Weekend Australian)

Startling . . . one of the most forward-thinking jazz musicians in his harmonic and rhythmic conception, as well as being one of the most engaging pianists we have.
— John Shand (Sydney Morning Herald)

This kind of conviction and openness to the possibilities of collective and open improvisation is astounding.
— Eyal Hareuveni (

This pianist makes you believe there’s still hope for the future . . . nay for the present of improvisation while half of the jazz world survives with one foot in the grave.
— Andrea Ferraris (

It is Hannaford who’s at the centre, throwing with loose notes, breaking harmonies apart into thousands of atoms, holding very still and then again exploding into a firework of dissonance.
— Tobias Fischer (

Complex, simple, aggressive, delicate, triumphal, dazzling, acerbic and engaging.
— Roger Mitchell (Herald Sun)

Monday Dates
Can You See With Two Sets of Eyes?
The Vivificationists
The Unpossibility of Language
Lost In The Stars
Faceless Dullard
Ordinary Madness
Shreveport Stomp
The Garden of Forking Paths


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