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TIGUE

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BIOGRAPHY

Tigue is a group of three percussionists with a fluid musical identity. The Brooklyn-based trio (Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody) makes their own kinetic and hypnotic blend of instrumental minimalism while opening up the possibilities of their instrumentation through commissioning and collaboration. Tigue’s debut album Peaks was released in 2015 with New Amsterdam Records with highlighted performances at the Ecstatic Music Festival, Bric Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, and the Stavros Niarchos Festival in Athens, Greece. Recent commissions and premieres have included works by Molly Herron, Randy Gibson, Jason Treuting, Adrian Knight and Robert Honstein alongside collaborative ventures with Kid Millions and visual artist / sculptor Michael Mercil. These works have been presented in venues and universities throughout the country including EMPAC, Roulette, The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Noguchi Museum, Yale School of Music, and Princeton University.  Praised for their focused and “high octane” performances (New York Times), the Ohio-born band members have worked together since they were practically children.

Along with performing, the members of Tigue are dedicated to outreach and community projects. In collaboration with Make Music New York, the trio has led three 10-week music education programs with adult and adolescent inmates at New York City’s Rikers Island Correctional Facility, featured in both the New York Times and Rolling Stone Magazine. Working with inmates in both men’s and women’s facilitates, the trio shared the communicative nature of music through West African musical traditions and hand drumming culminating with inmate performances for the Rikers population.  Tigue has also presented workshops and masterclasses with collegiate universities, elementary classrooms and community groups across the globe. 

UPCOMING PROJECTS

Tigue has three major projects on the horizon for Spring 2018. First, A collaborative workshop / residency with film director / visual artist Jodie Mack in March.  A performance of Jason Treuting’s “9 Numbers” at Roulette in May, followed by audio and video recording sessions. And their largest project, the release of their second full length album with NNA Tapes in April and subsequent national tour in June. The self-titled album, two years in the making, is their latest collection of hypnotic compositions rendered in ecstatic complexity; an intricate patchwork where instrumental lines and textures, like uniquely patterned autonomous organisms, go in and out of alignment to produce a vibrating landscape.

RECENT PROJECTS

In 2017, Tigue events included a Carnegie Neighborhood series performance in the Bronx premiering the latest movement of Jason Treuting’s piece 9 numbers, a trip to Boston, MA to perform on the Celebrity Series “Stave Sessions “ with fellow Brooklyn trance inducers Innov Gnawa, the premiere of Randy Gibson’s “The Four Pillars Appearing from The Resonating Discs invoking The 72:81:88 Confluence in a setting of Quadrilateral Starfield Symmetry ATS4 Base 6:81” with the Avant Media Festival, a weekend in Columbus, OH performing the latest version of Michael Mercil’s “Thoreau’s Desk” and a week long workshop and performance of new music for new instruments in collaboration with composer Molly Herron and instruments designed by Dartmouth College engineering students. Tigue’s original music was represented by a month long residency at Brooklyn venue Threes Brewing, a two week tour in Europe opening for Man Forever, a trip to Athens, Greece for the Stavros Niarchos festival and a series of workshops and performances in Amsterdam. 

Tigue — selections from “Peaks” (2015)

Tigue released Peaks with New Amsterdam Records in November 2015 and described as “meant for eyes-rolled-back-in-the-head Whirling Dervish levels of dancing, cut with electroacoustic/white noise interludes that mimic ecstatic exhaustion.” (Hannis Brown, Q2) With Ben Seretan (Guitar) and Tristan Kasten-Krause (Bass) This clip is taken from the 2016 Ecstatic Music Kick off at WNYC’s Greene Space. Start at 3 minutes for a patchwork of complex polyrhythms with melodic hooks and danceable grooves.

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Robert Honstein — “An Index of Possibility” (2012)

Filmed in the spring of 2015, this performance of Robert Honstein’s “An Index of Possibility” was directed and edited in collaboration with percussionist/filmmaker Evan Chapman. Commissioned in the summer of 2012 and premiered in June 2013, Tigue has performed the work extensively throughout the United States. Start at 10:40 to hear waves of percussive textures transform into a an angular american gamelan.

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Matt Evans — “Quilts” (2016)

A quilt is a multi-layered textile, traditionally composed of three layers of fiber: a woven cloth top, a layer of batting or wadding, and a woven back, combined using the technique of quilting, the process of sewing the three layers together. Occasionally, the three layers of the quilt are tied together using evenly spaced knots rather than sewn. This video from Roulette features clothing by designer Matthew Pedersen. Start at 21:00 to catch the works conclusion.

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