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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 larger stages in New York City in the early 1990’s.
Ty is a founding member and composer for the internationally acclaimed punk/jazz/new music ensemble Gutbucket. He has also shared the stage with such diverse ensembles and performers as the American Composers Orchestra, John Zorn, Kaoru Watanabe, Glenn Branca, Jon Madof, Eyal Maoz, Frank London, Rhys Chatham, Jill Sobule, Todd Reynolds, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Ethel, Brian Chase, the composer collective Anti-Social Music, and many more. Ty leads the Jewish-themed quartet Bop Kabbalah and is also a composer and performer in The Collapse Quartet.
Ty has recorded for Cuneiform, Cantaloupe Music, Enja, Kids Creative, Knitting Factory, NRW, and Tzadik Records. He has written much of the vast repertoire for Gutbucket, which has taken the group to 20 countries and 33 states during its fifteen-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 Carnegie Hall, the London Jazz Festival, Paris Jazz Festival, Belgrade Jazz Festival, Jazz A Vienne, the Bang on a Can Marathon, Earshot Jazz Festival, Jazz Saalfelden, Worldport Jazz Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, and Warsaw Summer Jazz Days, among other prestigious venues.
Guitar Player called Ty’s music for Gutbucket “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.
He has a vibrant private guitar teaching practice and has also been invited as a guest artist to teach programs on composition, arrangement and improvisation at the Eastman School of Music, California Institute of the Arts, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, Dartmouth College, the Bang on a Can Summer Music Institute and other schools and conservatories.
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 for dance and film as well, including a portion of Gutbucket’s live score to the classic 1950 French animation “Jeannot L’Intrepide.”
Ty’s newest recording project of original compositions for Bop Kabbalah was released on May 27, 2014 on Tzadik Records’ Radical Jewish Culture series, and features him on electric guitar alongside Ben Holmes (trumpet), Ken Thomson (bass clarinet) and Adam D Gold (drums).
Ty’s music is published by Bop Kabbalah (SESAC). He endorses Tom Anderson Guitars, Pedaltrain pedal boards, Spectraflex guitar cables, Reunion Blues gig bags and Sibelius software.