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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.