Tony Maloney has been a percussionist all his life, starting as a snare drummer aged 8, then broadening into drum kit and orchestral percussion at school before studying under Louis Pocock (RPO timpanist) and Mike Skinner (ROH principal perc.) at Trinity College of Music, gaining an LRAM in 1972.
Principally Tony is a percussionist and kit drummer but also plays piano and rhythm guitar.
Always interested in a varied musical life, Tony has delved into many performing genres, enjoying the diversity and challenge that this brings.
Teaching percussion has been a lifelong commitment and has taught in schools and colleges throughout his career.
He has been head of percussion at the Centre for Young Musicians and the London Schools Symphony Orchestra since 1992 where a thriving department has produced many students that have gone on to become professional players.
Recording and composition has also been a passion which has born fruit within ‘Backtrack Studio’ since 1983. He has written and arranged a large catalogue of percussion ensemble music that has been widely used in the education field together with a large body of work produced at the studio.
Tony’s involvement with Incantation goes back to the 80’s when the band started recording at Backtrack Studio in South London. Tony’s studio became the recording home for the band where much time was spent working on new projects.
At the time, Tony’s percussion performing was varied; West End Musicals, freelance orchestral and band gigs were coupled with a busy teaching schedule. During this time he composed a timpani concerto, scored for 5 timpani and string orchestra which was performed at Dartington College.
During the 90’s his percussion playing was used in several Incantation recording projects resulting in joining them on tour around the UK performing ‘On Gentle Rocks’, one of the band’s more eclectic albums.
Since that time he has worked with Mike Taylor and Tony Hinnigan as joint composer, pooling his resources on many recording projects for library albums. The creative side of music making is now his main preoccupation which culminated in the recent development and production of ‘Atacama‘.
With Mike and Tony he was able to conceive and compose tracks, giving them the authentic treatment and production that Incantation has become famous for. The story of the Chilean miners became a fascinating story to be told, and who could tell it better than the UK’s foremost pan-pipe band. With the help of other musicians on ‘Atacama’, all close musical friends, the musical scope of the album was broadened. This added weight and depth, fully describing the miners’ plight.
More recently Tony has been co-producing a new album of folk-tunes from the British Isles, to be released on the Incantation label.
He recently performed a solo percussion piece ‘On the West side’ in which he used material from West Side Story to weave a fifteen minute improvisation. This was part of a concert to celebrate Leonard Bernstein at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
At home, music is very much at the centre of life with his beloved girls – partner Sally and daughters Rachel and Kate, all devoted music lovers and singers!
Shame about the football though………..