Tim is a saxophonist, composer and bandleader and helps create celebrations and theatre events. Much of his creative life has been spent outdoors, playing in soca bands in the back of a lorry and samba bands around Stonehenge, shaping personal ceremonies and parties, creating celebrations in urban and rural spaces and cooking for wet and hungry performers. He creates a music and theatre that draws on the history and forms of outdoor ritual and celebration. His creative interests also include free improvisation, writing for a variety of bands from trios and saxophone quartets to large groups, arrangements for street bands, theatre music, soundtracks for installations and films and struggling with how to make solo saxophone music.
"Engaging and powerful brass-based music….. fresh, bold with a distinctive signature. It is hard to think of many composers or musicians who share such a passion for bringing such a variety of rich but often forgotten seams of musical history into a contemporary framework.” Simon Chatterton, Independent producer.
Tim has played saxophone for over thirty year, working as an improviser and experimental musician in a wide variety of settings. In the eighties he played in a number of groups attempting to combine punk energy, tape loops ‘scratching’ and free improvisation, featuring guitarist Mike Cooper and drummer Paul Burwell. In the nineties he founded the band Pandaemonium featuring great musicians like Pat Thomas, Alex Ward, John Edwards and Steve Noble, playing music by and inspired by Sun Ra. He now plays in Alex Wards Predicate and a range of bands, trios and quartets including Humstrum with Hannah Marshall and The Worlds Unknown Trio with Steve Noble and Dom Lash.
“Muscular, well developed playing.. somewhere between Johnny Hodges and Dudu Pukwana.” Phillip Clarke, The Wire.
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