Tara Jane ONeil is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and visual artist. She creates melodic and experimental music under her own name and in collaboration with her brilliant friends. Her recordings and live performances range from solo songing to noise improvisations. TJO has composed and performed music and sound for films, theater and dance performances, and written large and small ensemble experimental architectures.
As a solo artist, TJO has released 7 albums internationally. She was a founding member of Rodan and several other 20th century bands, and has collaborated on recordings and stages with musical artists such as the groups Ida, ,Sebadoh, Mirah, Jackie O MF, Lucky Dragons, Mount Eerie, LIttle Wings, Papa M, Come, and Michael Hurley, Catherine Irwin, Marisa Anderson, Amy Ray, Nikaido Kazumi, Ben Vida and many more. In addition to rock clubs, galleries and DIY spaces all around north America, Europe, and Japan, she has performed at All Tomorrow’s Parties (invited by the Dirty Three), Primavera Festival, the Centre de Pompidou, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Musuem, TBA festival, High Desert Test Sites and many many others. She has shown her visual art in galleries all over the northern hemisphere and had four monographs of her visual art published.
In the spring of 2016, TJO completed a new album of songs. Most was recorded at Wilco’s Loft Studio in Chicago, with Mark Greenberg, James Elkington, Gerald Dowd, and Nick Macri. Some was recorded in Los Angeles and features Chris Cohen, Wilder Zoby, Joan Shelley and many more singers and players.
In 2014 TJO released her most recent album, WHERE SHINE NEW LIGHTS was released in 2014 on Kranky, to much high praise.
2015 found TJO contributing a song to Remembering Mountains: the Unheard Music of Karen Dalton (tompkins square), alongside Lucinda Williams, Julia Holter and other brilliant woman.
On the other side of the TJO spectrum, her score to the experimental film Medusa Smack was released on a split LP with the sound artist ELEH (important records). this music incorporates the sonambient sound sculptures of Harry Bertoia.
Late 2016 will see the release of a collection of instrumental works TJO has composed and performed for dance performances, short films and singing rocks.
SOME recent PRESS
ALL THAT PITCHFORK REVIEWED – PITCHFORK 2000-2014
SHINE A LIGHT: KRANKY CHAMELEON TARA JANE O’ NEIL ON HOT SPINES AND GONG JAMS – FACT magazine june 2014
TARA JANE ONEIL, “WHERE SHINE NEW LIGHTS”– DECODER MAGAZINE Feb 2014
CULT HEROES: TARA JANE ONEIL LIVES BY HER OWN TRUTH, ON HER OWN TERMS – the GUARDIAN February 2015
After Fifteen Quiet Years, Rodan’s Jeff Mueller and Tara Jane O’Neil Speak– the VILLAGE VOICE May 2013
“Nothing short of revelatory – O’Neil has always impressed us with her evocative, cleverly produced songwriting, but honestly with this side-long piece she has managed to construct the single most absorbing piece of drone music we have heard this year – it’s just utterly breathtaking within its disciplined, measured approach.” – BOOMKAT
” O’Neil went on to make some of the most important and interesting alternative music of the last 30 years…”
“Ever since she began putting her name on the front of her albums, Tara Jane O’Neil has perfected the art of writing songs that perfectly encapsulate both the comfort of misery and the misery of comfort. … ”
“wow the new Tara Jane O’Neill album is kind of a masterpiece”
-John Darnielle twitter