Mr Steve Brien

Lecturer in Guitar

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

An acclaimed jazz guitarist, Steve Brien established himself in the Sydney jazz scene in the late 1970s, playing with local jazz musicians such as Dale Barlow, James Morrison and Don Burrows. In 1985 he won an overseas study grant and went to New York City, where he spent two years studying part-time with Jack Wilkins and John Scofield and playing with many New York musicians. He returned to Australia in 1987 and toured with the James Morrison Quintet, travelling extensively through Australasia and Europe. In 1992 Brien returned to the US, establishing himself on the Connecticut jazz scene where he played with many local and New York jazz musicians, such as John Mastrioanni, Nicole Pasternak, Ralph Lalama, Ali Ryerson, Giacomo Gates and Joyce Di Camillo. He returned to Australia in 1998 to join the faculty of the Sydney Conservatorium and continues to maintain a busy performance schedule. In 2005, he was awarded a Masters of Music from the University of Sydney.

Selected publications & creative works

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  • Arthur, G., Scott, C., Brien, S., Dickeson, A. (2010). 1. I Concentrate On you 2. You Belong To Me 3. You Must Believe In Spring 4. How About You? (Freed/Lane) 5. Smile (Chaplin/Turner/Parsons) 6. What A Wonderful World (Weiss/Thiele) 7. The Windmills Of Your Mind (Legrand/Bergman) 8. I'll Come Running (G. Arthur) 9. Make Someone Happy (Styne/Comden/Green) 10. Learnin' The Blues (D.Silvers). On The Gregg Arthur Quartet Lounge Jazz, CD, Sydney, Australia: Gregg Arthur Enterprises Pty Ltd/Hebbes Music group Pty Ltd.
  • Arthur, G., Hope, M., Scott, C., Evans, A., Ciampa, J., Brien, S., Muller, J. (2003). 1. A Different Place 2. Just A Game 3. It's Nice To be 4. Be Still 5. More and More 6. Everything 7. A Better Man 8. Talking About You 9. Wide Land 10. When I Think Of You 11. Sydney 12. Would People Have to Know? 13. Is It Real? 14. You Were Made for Me. On A Different Place, CD, Sydney, Australia: Hebbes Music Group Pty.Ltd/ Gregg Arthur Ent Pty Ltd.

2010

  • Arthur, G., Scott, C., Brien, S., Dickeson, A. (2010). 1. I Concentrate On you 2. You Belong To Me 3. You Must Believe In Spring 4. How About You? (Freed/Lane) 5. Smile (Chaplin/Turner/Parsons) 6. What A Wonderful World (Weiss/Thiele) 7. The Windmills Of Your Mind (Legrand/Bergman) 8. I'll Come Running (G. Arthur) 9. Make Someone Happy (Styne/Comden/Green) 10. Learnin' The Blues (D.Silvers). On The Gregg Arthur Quartet Lounge Jazz, CD, Sydney, Australia: Gregg Arthur Enterprises Pty Ltd/Hebbes Music group Pty Ltd.

2003

  • Arthur, G., Hope, M., Scott, C., Evans, A., Ciampa, J., Brien, S., Muller, J. (2003). 1. A Different Place 2. Just A Game 3. It's Nice To be 4. Be Still 5. More and More 6. Everything 7. A Better Man 8. Talking About You 9. Wide Land 10. When I Think Of You 11. Sydney 12. Would People Have to Know? 13. Is It Real? 14. You Were Made for Me. On A Different Place, CD, Sydney, Australia: Hebbes Music Group Pty.Ltd/ Gregg Arthur Ent Pty Ltd.

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