Isaac Cavallaro is an Australian multi-instrumentalist, music director, producer, composer and educator, currently working with a number of artists whilst undertaking his Masters of Music Research at Griffith University’s Queensland Conservatorium.
Graduating from Ferny Grove State High School in 2007, Isaac received multiple awards after earning the top of the class position in both classroom music and music extension (2007), as well as receiving the school cultural award (2006, 2007). Isaac continued his studies at Griffith University’s Queensland Conservatorium, earning his Bachelor of Music, majoring in advanced performance for jazz drums. During his time there, Isaac received the Sid SJ Bromley Jazz Award for Outstanding Student (2015) and Griffith awards for Academic Excellence (2013, 2014, 2015).
His passion for education has seen Isaac run his own private teaching business across Brisbane and teach at Ferny Grove State High School as a contracted instrumental instructor for percussion and guitar ensembles. Here, Isaac would arrange material specific to players’ skills and interests, bringing out the best in each individual’s performance. Isaac has been contracted by Griffith University to deliver live improvised performances with Steve Newcomb (Head of Jazz Queensland Conservatorium) and share his experiences as a working musician at The Queensland Conservatorium’s jazz workshops. This passion for education extends beyond the classroom to Isaac’s self-managed online blog where he interviews various artists from all over the world, with his best-received posts featuring interviews between himself and Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie, Donny McCaslin) and Greg Saunier (Deerhoof).
Outside of drumming and educating, Isaac also runs and directs his self-titled solo electronic project, fusing his composition and drumming abilities to create silky pop melodies and experimental electronic textures. His solo music can be heard on Triple J, Triple J Unearthed digital and Triple Z radio, with each station sharing multiple warm reviews on a number of his singles. Isaac also likes to use his composition and production skills to work with various businesses, designing their audio marketing content for ad campaigns and TV program jingles. Most recently, Isaac worked with the Australian travel agency, Escape Travel where his music was featured daily during the international tennis tournament, The Australian Open, reaching nearly three million viewers (2015).
In September 2018, Isaac finished a three-year stint working full-time for Royal Caribbean International, travelling all over the world, working in a variety of roles including Musical Director, Assistant Musical Director, Band Leader, Guest Entertainer and Orchestra Drummer as well as DJ’ing private weddings on board The Allure of the Seas (2015 -2018).
Isaac’s ability to communicate honestly and sincerely, both on and off his instrument, has earned him drumming positions with a wide variety of artists. Some of which include: Toni Childs (USA), Elisa Furr (USA), RIVAH, The Kite String Tangle, Dustin Tebbutt, Torfason and Inigo to name a few. Acting as a drummer, producer, music director whilst often reverse engineering electronically produced beats to be recreated and performed live, Isaac has continually gained the respect and trust of each artist’s vision he works with.
Currently, Isaac is working with various artists functioning as either their music director, co-writer, producer, sideman or, at times, a combination of these music related positions. Isaac’s wide array of experience and skills are leveraged to help artists best deliver the product they’re aiming to create.
With a constant desire to learn more, Isaac plans to continue his study of music, whilst striving to create honest and relevant art.