Darrin Archer studied Composition and Theory at Latrobe University, and Jazz Piano at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Since then, he has been performing in Sydney and Melbourne with various bands, touring, recording, composing and teaching.
He has released 3 albums of original music as a bandleader and composer, and recorded with many great Australian artists including Tim Wilson, Gianni Marinucci, Grace Knight, ATM15, Gideon Brazil and James Mustafa.
As a performer, Darrin performs regularly at Melbourne’s Jazz clubs and festivals with bands such as ‘Cannonball’, ATM15, and Gianni Marinucci’s Nonet, and has worked with a variety of artists such as Hetty Kate, Emma Gilmartin, Michelle Nicole, Hugh Stuckey, Eugene Ball, Paul Williamson, Rita Satch, Olivia Chindamo and Gian Slater. He has played at all the major Jazz festivals including Wangarratta, Stonnington, Eltham, MIJF and the Adelaide Fringe. He has also toured nationally with the Black Arm Band.
Darrin has taught piano privately, delivered piano master classes, and lectured at Monash University. He currently lectures, teaches piano, and takes ensembles and masterclasses at the Australian Institute of Music.