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Guitarist and composer Ty Citerman writes, performs and teaches music for numerous ensembles across the spectrum of jazz, rock and new music. His professional career began as a teenager in his native St. Louis, and then moved to the larger stages of New York City in the early 1990’s. He is a founding member and composer for the internationally acclaimed punk/jazz/new music ensemble Gutbucket. He has also shared the stage with the American Composers Orchestra, Kaoru Watanabe, Cyro Baptista, Frank London, Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham, Todd Reynolds, Ethel, the composer collective Anti-Social Music, and many more. Ty leads the klezmer/jazz project Bop Kabbalah and is also a composer and performer in the Collapse Guitar Quartet.
Ty’s music has been recorded on the Cuneiform, Cantaloupe Music, Enja, NRW, Knitting Factory, and Kids Creative labels. He has written much of the vast repertoire for Gutbucket, which has taken the group to 20 countries and 33 states during its fourteen-year (and running) career. Gutbucket has released five CDs/LPs, including 2011’s highly acclaimed “Flock.” Ty’s music has been featured on National Public Radio (“Soundcheck,” “World Café Live”), Radio Free Europe and numerous college and independent stations across the US, UK, Canada, Australia and Europe. He has performed at the London Jazz Festival, Paris Jazz Festival, Belgrade Jazz Festival, Jazz A Vienne, Bang on a Can Marathon, Earshot Jazz Festival, Jazz Saalfelden, Worldport Jazz Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, and Warsaw Summer Jazz Days.
Guitar Player called Ty’s music “kinetic punk jazz opuses” that reveal “an explosive concoction containing lethal doses of Ornette Coleman, King Crimson, John Zorn, Black Sabbath, Stravinsky, and Fugazi.” The Guardian (UK) wrote that Ty’s composition “Throsp% boasts a hypnotically creeping guitar riff and an atmosphere of sustained menace” which “is not standard jazz territory.” And JazzTimes called Ty’s recent piece Murakami “…one of [Gutbucket’s] finest compositions to date…a track that finds the quartet painting in bold, dark strokes of color with moments of glistening light…” Ty has appeared on television in the Dirty Sock Funtime Band’s videos for “Jack’s Big Music Show” on Nick Jr./Noggin. He also appears in the band’s DVD “Sock-A-Delic” and in programs that the band has produced for PBS stations across the country.
Ty’s music was commissioned by the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC in 2012 for a special performance entitled “Tibet in Comics,” for which he collaborated on a score for projections of the beautiful graphic novel The Magic Life of Milarepa. Ty has written extensively for dance and film, including a portion of Gutbucket’s live score to the classic 1950 French animation Jeannot L’Intrepide. The Gutbucket-Ethel octet premiered his composition More More Bigger Better Faster With Cheese at Jazz Saalfelden in the summer of 2006 to a standing room only crowd.
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