Craig Ogden and Paul Tanner graduated from the University of Western Australia with Honours degrees in performance. While Craig moved to London to establish his career as one of the world's leading classical guitarists, Paul based himself in Perth and consolidated his reputation as an outstanding and versatile percussionist.
Craig has been described as a "worthy successor to Julian Bream". He travels the world performing as a solo guitarist and as a soloist with leading orchestras. His first CD release earned him a Grammy nomination, his recording of the three Rodrigo Guitar Concertos was received with praise by the Rodrigo family, and Music from the Novels of Louis de Bernières became one of the best selling classical CDs in the United Kingdom and Australia during 1999/2000.
Paul has spent many years touring Australia, the USA, Latin America and Africa to augment his diverse range of percussion techniques. He has performed with leading musicians in an eclectic range of musical styles, including jazz marimba/vibraphone in his own original music group Scope, Latin percussion in salsa bands and studio recordings, orchestral percussion with the Western Australian Symphony, and contemporary percussion in solo recitals and with the Nova Ensemble.
In October 2000, Craig and Paul combined their musical energy to form OgdenTANNER - a guitar and percussion duo with a core repertoire of popular guitar duets, tangos, and new works written for the occasion. The duo has since performed to sold-out houses within Western Australia and released a CD to coincide with their 2002 tour of the United Kingdom.
With some of the most educated fingers, wrists and palms in the business...OgdenTanner presented a concert to remember...
...[Tanner] brings the nonchalance of mastery to a battery of instruments, seemingly unfazed while steering a faultless way through music that is a closed book to any but the most adept and experienced of musicians.
Ogden, too, is increasingly privy to the secrets of an instrument that guards them jealously and reveals them grudgingly - and then only to a favoured few (for membership of which Ogden now has irrefutable credentials)...
This was the sort of concert that would have gained acclaim anywhere in the world.
On the evidence of this performance, OgdenTanner is well on its way to international stardom.
Neville Cohn, The West Australian
...Audiences are in for a treat; these good-looking young Australian men have that rare combination of talent, taste and virtuoso technique packaged in relaxed style that deserves to win them many more fans.
Ron Banks, The West Australian
...But Mr Ogden is not average. His command of the instrument leaves one in no doubt as to his incredible facility and deep musical persona.
...Tanner's touch with the vibraphone and marimba, along with congas and a small set of cymbals and hi-hat, was, as with Ogden's playing, the kind that makes you pay attention.
...The Celtic flavour and lush harmonic pastoral flavour of the movement was given a fluid and perfectly synchronised performance.
After the interval (there was almost no need for one, the music being so entertaining and engrossing) there came an intriguing arrangement of Piazzolla's Tango Suite for two guitars...this ingenious transformation worked like a treat...The sheer variety of sounds that Tanner produced was exhilarating...[Ogden's] playing is nothing short of immaculate and both players exuded, I might add typical, Antipodean confidence and this was very refreshing.
...a confident sense of atmospherics, helped along by the duo's amazing interplay.
...how on earth do they find the time to rehearse and perform with such lucidity and togetherness? Being such busy musicians the answer is probably very simple - they are just brilliant at what they do. Catch them if you can.
Tim Panting, Classical Guitar Magazine (UK)
...Craig Ogden and Paul Tanner know how to make make music for guitar and percussion visually appealing as well as pleasurable on the ear. . .the two young men also interact playfully, tossing catchy melodies back and forth...
...Ogden and Tanner also bring warmth and accessibility to their recital...
...Impressively, Tanner wielded up to four mallets at once, playing every note from memory. In turn, Ogden (also a trained percussionist) surprised by taking up shakers for a rhythmic jam session...
...the duo's musical intuition, technical precision and theatrical flair...
...two virtuoso solos confirmed each musician's place in the top ranks of their respective fields. Exploiting the guitar's percussive potential, Ogden wowed us with the belly dance-inspired Elena's Tsiftiteli, by Evangelis Boudounis, while Tanner, sticks a blur, coaxed myriad tonal subtleties from the marimba in Joseph Schwantner's 1990 perpetual motion study, Velocities.
...The inspirational program concluded with a white-hot performance of Piazzolla's Tango Suite...
Naomi Millet, The West Australian Website