About the Teacher

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Maria performing at ‘Her Sound Her Story’ concert, 2016

About The Teacher – Maria Moles

Maria is a drummer based in Melbourne. After completing a Bachelor of Music Performance at Victorian College of the Arts in 2013, she currently performs extensively around Melbourne both solo and with various ensembles, including bands/artists such as Jaala, Great Rack and an Empty Club, Ogopogo, Josh Kelly Trio, On Diamond, Maria Moles & Adam Halliwell, Francis Plagne, and Tanzer.

Maria’s solo project ‘Mondo Flockard’ explores the use of layering sounds/rhythms played on either drum kit/percussion which are then electronically manipulated through the use of filters and pitch modulators. Her self-titled EP was released in 2016 through Tonelist, and was listed on Avant Music News under Best Albums of the Year 2016. In her short time performing solo, Maria has supported Clever Austin (Hiatus Kaiyote) and Chris Corsano (Bjork, Thurston Moore, Evan Parker) and has performed an improvised score to Ben Christensen’s 1922 silent film at Dark Mofo Festival 2017.

In May 2015, Maria toured Europe in her duo with Adam Halliwell and performed as venues and festivals throughout Germany, France and Italy, including a collaboration with the Sicilian Improvisers Orchestra.In the same year, Maria toured Australia with Melbourne band Jaala supporting Grammy-nominated band Hiatus Kaiyote for their ‘Choose Your Weapon’ Tour. The duo has also performed throughout Japan in April 2017, playing alongside Japanese artists such as Yoshitake Expe, Joe Talia and Tetuzi Akiyama.Other artists that Maria has collaborated with include Harry Angus (The Cat Empire), Krakatau, Lucas Abela, Hammers Lake, Lloyd Honeybrook, Carla Ori (Biscotti), Xani Colac, Peter Knight, and the Hobart Improvisers Collective. Some venues/festivals that Maria has performed at include: ‘Stand By Your Woman’ at Melbourne Hamer Hall, Falls Festival, Dark Mofo, Sydney Opera House and The Metro Theatre.





Jaala is a 4 piece art-pop band, based in Melbourne. The band has been quick to receive critical praise in their short time together. From NME, calling lead singer Cosima Jaala a “perfectly abstract pop-star”, the Financial Times UK naming them the “Festival standout” for their performance at BigSound and Pitchfork describing their music as “infinite origami”.

The band has performed extensively around Australia, supporting Hiatus Kaiyote for their ‘Choose Your Weapon’ National tour in 2015. Other bands that Jaala has supported include Methyl Ethyl (PER), The Internet (USA), Polica (USA) and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizzard (MEL). Their debut album ‘Hard Hold’ was released in December 2015, and their second album ‘Junior Spirit’ will be released in May 2017.

Cosima Jaala – guitar/vocals
Nic Lam – guitar
Jules Pascoe – bass
Maria Moles – drum kit


Maria Moles & Adam Halliwell

Electroacoustic duo Maria Moles (drums) & Adam Halliwell (guitar) create a highly original and ever-evolving blend of 70’s free jazz, traditional Malian music, minimalism, and Krautrock.

In 2015, the duo released their debut album ‘Sun Ghost’. After releasing the album, Maria and Adam have performed at several events and venues around Australia; including Sound/Unsound Festival, The Record Crate, The Sound Club and Make It Up Club. As well as performing around Australia, the duo toured Europe in 2015, performing at venues/festivals around Germany, France, and Italy.

Josh Kelly Trio

A trio lead by Melbourne saxophonist, Josh Kelly, which draws influence from two pivotal movements in jazz from the late 50’s: modal jazz and free jazz. Ideas from each movement are used to inform contemporary jazz compositions that are rooted in these traditions but expand on them through extended harmonic and rhythmic tools influenced by the modern Melbourne and New York jazz scenes. The rhythm cycles or grooves are influenced by jazz and traditional folk music, including African and traditional Korean music. The band features:

Josh Kelly – Alto Saxophone
Hiroki Hoshino – Double Bass
Maria Moles – Drum Kit



Other artists Maria has performed with include:

Harry Angus (The Cat Empire)
Darren Hanlon
On Diamond
Lucas Abela
Jen Cloher
Lazercatz 2000
Yoshitake EXPE (JPN)
The First Baboon Civilization Orchestra
Great Rack
Clever Austin (Hiatus Kaiyote)
A Brother Scratch
The Age of Floods
Trumpet Jazz Band
MOU Quartet
MIUC Big Band
Stevie Richards
Fluorescent Organs

It is because of this dedication and performance experience that makes Maria such a great teacher. She also possesses a Working With Children Check (WWCC) From the Victorian Department of Justice.