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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.