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Bassist, Composer,
Bandleader and Educator

Ivan Tagg is a Melbourne based double and electric bass player, composer, bandleader and instrumental teacher. He began playing electric bass in his early twenties. While traveling abroad, his exposure to European musical culture inspired him upon his return to learn the double bass. Ivan has studied with Lloyd Swanton, Dave Ellis, Craig Scott, Brendan Clarke, Phillip Rex and Tamara Murphy undertaking jazz performance, theory, classical technique and has completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Melbourne Polytechnic in 2014.


In 2005 Ivan studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Toni Graf and Ron Phillpot completing Fundamentals of Music and playing in jazz ensembles.


He has composed and arranged for film, animation, documentaries, small and large instrumental ensembles as well as many groups spanning across various musical genres and styles. Since 2016 he has helmed his own band Admiral Keneally’s Bone Patrol, featuring his original compositions, performing in venues such as the Paris Cat, Open Studio, Bar Oussou and Bar 303, the iconic Basement in Sydney and The Canberra Blues Festival to name a few.


Ivan’s career highlights include tutoring and performing for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestraʼs Family Jams in 2014, recording on The Boats album Segundo in 2015, supporting Jon Butler and The Bird at the Basement and recording and releasing his debut album of original compositions with AK’s Bone Patrol in 2020.

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