Paul Tanner began his percussion studies as part of the special music programme at Churchlands Senior High School. After graduating as Dux of Music, he entered the Bachelor of Music course at the University of Western Australia. Paul collected the Hodges Prize for Musical Composition and the V.H. Cooper Memorial Prize for performance, before graduating with First Class Honours (1A) in 1988.
In 1991, Paul was the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Resarch Award, and travelled to San Diego to study with virtuoso percussion soloist, Steve Schick. He then spent five months in Latin America, where he attended the Folk Cuba workshops (Havana, Cuba) and Carnivale (Olinda, Brasil). In 1997, he travelled through Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali and Zimbabwe, furthering his study of percussion music of the world.
Paul is an incredibly versatile and experienced percussionist, having been a founding member of Magnetic Pig, and Nova (new music groups), and a regular performer with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (including time as Principal Percussionist). He has played with such diverse groups as Scope (original jazz), The Elastic Band (world music), Tropicana (salsa) and numerous musical theatre productions.
Some of his current groups are-
Leonardo (with accordionist Cathie Travers),
OgdenTanner (Guitar-Percussion Duo with UK-based guitarist, Craig Ogden), Guapo (Tangos, jazz),
Pi (new music) and