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Bio & Press Kit

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Gui­tarist and com­poser Ty Citer­man writes, per­forms and teaches music across the spec­trum of jazz, rock and con­tem­po­rary clas­si­cal 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. He holds a Mas­ter in Music (M.M.) in music com­po­si­tion from Brook­lyn College.

Ty is a found­ing mem­ber and com­poser for the inter­na­tion­ally acclaimed irrev­er­ent cham­ber jazz ensem­ble Gut­bucket. He also leads the Tzadik Records-recording quar­tet Bop Kab­balah, which in 2016 added vocal­ists Kamala Sankaram and Sara Serpa to pre­miere Ty’s newest long-form com­po­si­tion “Future Gen­er­a­tions (A Set­ting of Yid­dish Poetry by Avrom Reyzen).” Ty has shared the stage and per­formed with such diverse ensem­bles and per­form­ers as the Amer­i­can Com­posers Orches­tra, John Zorn, JACK Quar­tet, 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 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 appears on their six CDs/LPs and  has taken the group to 20 coun­tries and 33 states dur­ing its seventeen-year (and run­ning) career. 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.” Down­beat and The Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald both gave Bop Kabbalah’s debut CD 4/5 stars and Jaz­zTimes called it “…one of the year’s most arrest­ing recordings…wailing with enough majesty to bring down the walls of Jericho.”

Ty 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. His 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 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.