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Tiny Orchestral Moments   

is an international troupe of connected musicians who meet periodically to practice, perform, write, record, and improvise together.

We invite new Music into the world by collaborating across geographies, genres, genders and generations. The ensemble includes a gender-balanced core team of invited, masterful musicians who are already established in their work as internationally-recognized performers.

The core team is energized via contributions from guests, students, beginners, apprentices, organizers, instructors and experienced collaborators from in and outside the worldwide Guitar Craft and local Seattle Circle communities.




 Workshops


Tiny Orchestral Moments hosts weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly inclusive Workshops where we invite a full spectrum of aspiring, practicing and master musicians to come together to collaborate and participate in the act of bringing music to life.

The aim: develop practical skills to work in diverse groups, resolving (alleged) differences by practicing the act and art of Harmony. We actively develop structured improvisation that sounds composed, and composed collaboration that sounds improvised, including beginners and masters.

Recurring Workshops are open and designed to include existing local communities. Longer, quarterly and yearly Workshops are hosted as residential retreats where participants live and work together to invent, write, refine, present, perform and record collaborative repertoire for layered guitars, voices, violins, strings, wind, keys, bass, drums and percussion. 





Performances


Tiny Orchestral Moments performances are immersive. We fill the room with movement and sound in 360-degrees as musicians play in and around the audience. Physical surround sound is often complemented by striking lights and multiple walls of ambient video, and supported by a mobile orchestra of guitarists from the extended Seattle and international Guitar Circle community.

In addition to hosting public performances as part of each project, workshop and retreat, the full team also invests energy working, writing, improvising and recording in world-class studios.



Products

TOM I
in 2016 resulted in 3 CDs of new music
recorded at London Bridge in Seattle.

TOM II in 2017 resulted in 2 CDs new of music
recorded at Bear Creek in Woodinville.

TOM III in 2018 will result in 3 CDs new of music
recorded at London Bridge in Seattle and SkyMuse in Stanwood.

Complementing the nine CDs emerging from the first three seasons of TOM, Louise Amandes is directing a feature-length Tiny Orchestral Moments documentary for official release in 2019.

And, we are working on a separate short documentary sharing the story of our recent immersive collaboration with Ron Jones at SkyMuse studios



 


 



Most Recent Event: TOM III happened on August 25-September 2, 2018.

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TOM I @ the Chapel, TOM @ RChain, TOM @ SeaProg, TOM III, photos 1, 2, 4 © Peter Dervin, 3 by Donna Van Buren





Product Preview: Tiny Orchestral Moments Box Set  
nine CDs in an unlikely, unusual box  |  coming Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

2016
Songs
2016
Producers Sessions
2016
Improvisations
2017
Songs
CD1 CD2 CD3 CD4 CD5
Tiny Orchestral Moments - Songtiles

 


 



The Troupe
TOM 2016 Musicians

Core Team
Petra Haden (Los Angeles)
Paul Richards (Los Angeles)
Nora Germain (Los Angeles)
Nigel Gavin (Auckland)
Amy Denio (Seattle)
Patrick Grant (NYC)
Julie Slick (Philadelphia)
Steve Ball (Seattle)
Sonia Wilson (Paris)
Carl Marti Germain (Seattle)
Aileen Elizabeth Bunch (Philadelphia)
Erin Victoria Wigger (Los Angeles) 
 
Seattle Guitar Circle
Jaxie Binder
Curt Golden
Bob Williams
Dean Jensen
Chris Gibson
Sandra Prow
Lucius Gregory Meredith
Bill Van Buren
Rob Taylor-Manning
Jane Mabry-Smith
 
Studio Guests
Trey Gunn (Warr guitar / bass / uke)
Igor Abuladze (guitar / bass)
Nathan Grigg (keyboards)
Dan Moore (drums)
 
Documentarians
Steven Perilloux (Los Angeles)
Louise Amandes (Seattle)
Ron Austin (Seattle)
Peter Dervin (Seattle)
Aileen Bunch (Philadelphia)
Steve Ball (Seattle)
 
Chapel Engineer
Christian Heilman
 
London Bridge Engineers
Geoff Ott (Thurs / Fri engineer)
Shohei Ogami (Sat engineer)

All TOM I tracks recorded
Wed Aug 31st - Sat Sept 2nd, 2016
at London Bridge Studio, Seattle WA
Mixed by Martin de Aguirre and Steve Ball
Produced by: Steve Ball


TOM 2017 Musicians

Core Team
Janet Feder (Denver)
Paul Richards (Los Angeles)
Nora Germain (Los Angeles)
Nigel Gavin (Auckland)
Amy Denio (Seattle)
Alex Anthony Faide (Buenos Aires)
Julie Slick (Philadelphia)
Steve Ball (Seattle)
Sonia Wilson (Paris)
Carl Marti Germain (Seattle)
Julia Zenteno (Mexico City)
Martin de Aguirre (Madrid)
 
Seattle Guitar Circle
Jaxie Binder
Curt Golden
Bob Williams
JT Milhoan
Chris Gibson
Sandra Prow
Lucius Gregory Meredith
Bill Van Buren
Joel Palmer
Jane Mabry-Smith 
Butter Boy
Sofie Ball

Studio Guests
Nathan Grigg (keyboards)
Dan Moore (drums)
Louise Amandes (drums/percussion)

 
Documentarians
Louise Amandes (Seattle)
Ron Austin (Seattle)
JT Milhoan (Seattle)
Ingrid Pape-Sheldon (Seattle)
Frank Sheldon (Seattle)
Peter Dervin (Seattle)
Aileen Bunch (Philadelphia)
Steve Ball (Seattle)
 
Chapel Engineer
Vance Galloway
 
Bear Creek Engineers
Jonathan Plum
Taylor Carroll

All TOM II tracks recorded
Wed Aug 17th - Sat Aug 20th 2017
at Bear Creek Studio, Woodinville WA
Mixed by Martin de Aguirre
Produced by: Steve Ball

TOM 2018 Musicians

Core Team
Beth Fleenor (Seattle)
Paul Richards (Los Angeles)
Nora Germain (Los Angeles)
Nigel Gavin (Auckland)
Amy Denio (Seattle)
Alex Anthony Faide (Buenos Aires)
Julie Slick (Philadelphia)
Steve Ball (Seattle)
Sonia Wilson (Paris)
Carl Marti Germain (Seattle)
Rachael Beaver (Seattle)
Martin de Aguirre (Madrid)
Heather Bentley (Seattle)
Oscar Mander (Stockholm)
Brad Hogg (Los Angeles)

Electric Gauchos
Fernando Kabusacki (Buenos Aires)
Fernando Samalea (Buenos Aires)

Zum
Luciano Pietrafesa (Mendoza)
Shinkuro Matsuura (Osaka)
Fumihito Hatano (Osaka)

Seattle Guitar Circle
Jaxie Binder
Curt Golden
Chris Gibson
Lucius Gregory Meredith
Bill Van Buren

Studio Guests
Nathan Grigg (keyboards)
Igor Abuladze (bass)
 
Documentarians
Louise Amandes (Seattle)
Cristos Kotsovos (Stanwood)
Patrick Davis (Portland)
Peter Dervin (Seattle)
Aileen Bunch (Philadelphia)
Steve Ball (Seattle)
 
Ballard Homestead Engineer
Carl Germain
 
London Bridge Engineers
Jonathan Plum
Taylor Carroll

SkyMuse Engineers
Will LeMaster
Ron Jones

All TOM III tracks recorded
Mon Aug 25th - Sat Sept 1st 2018
at London Bridge, Seattle WA
and SkyMuse, Stanwood WA
Mixed by Martin de Aguirre
Produced by: Steve Ball




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Tiny Orchestral FAQ

  Q: What is Tiny Orchestral Moments?

1. An open, public practice and performance incubator for music-based collaboration across geographies, genres, genders and generations.

2.
A living school designed to provide opportunities for aspiring performers, producers, leaders, instructors, masters, organizers and audiences to experience and practice the art of Continuous Improvisation.

3.
A sustainable series of weekly, monthly, quarterly collaborative community events designed to bring Music to life via development and presentation of world-class, transformational performances, products, and performers.

  Q: Why is this work important?

We must invest in, discover, learn and practice effective techniques for sustainable collaboration, cohabitation, integration and harmonization, especially as the world around us appears to disintegrate.

We believe in and have directly experienced the power of Music to fuel, feed and foster connections across cultures and countries.

We mix and match beginners with mentors and masters to develop harmonization skills across alleged differences that might otherwise separate us.

  Q: What is 'Continuous Improvisation'?

One Answer: A necessary skill required for transforming how we work, play and live together in harmony within a diverse, complex, global culture.

Continuous Improvisation requires listening before speaking (or playing or acting), then application of intelligent, intentional, unconditioned skill in delivering whatever is required in the moment to enable exceptional, harmonious and energizing experiences.

It is:

a. the mindset that enables us to transform a supposedly wrong note into a beautiful resolution.

b.  a skillset that enables us to humbly recognize, reject and replace fixed, rigid, mechanical, formulaic reactions by receiving and applying improvised insights and innovations while integrating intentional, incremental improvements to deliver what is needed in the present moment.

c. a collaborative practice that enables us to transform seeming disadvantages into advantages that may be required to keep us alive and thriving.

  Q: What is a 'Tiny Orchestral Moment'?

One Answer: A brief, unpredictable, but reliably priceless moment when an ordinary, collaborative experience transcends time to become an exceptional and significant part of our shared present awareness.

Stars align, insights appear, energies resonate and rise. Individuals spontaneously morph into coherent groups and perform unlikely and unplannable feats of synchronized magic. Improvisations vibrate with timeless inspiration, and improvisation sounds composed and feels alive.

Collaborators synchronize, harmonize and solve problems that, moments earlier, seemed impossible. 


Tiny Orchestral Moments - Songtiles
 
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