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.
(please go to RIOT ACT MEDIA page for professional press materials)
“Her new album features 11 songs, and there’s not a dud in the bunch.”
“Anyone who is able to make music that functions as both poem and song possesses something that warrants a special sort of regard. Eclectic multi-instrumentalist Tara Jane O’Neil has been doing just that since ’92…”
“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
SOME recent PRESS
ALL THAT PITCHFORK REVIEWED – PITCHFORK 2000-2017
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