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Kris Tiner

Bakersfield, California
United States

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KRIS TINER is active on the West Coast jazz and creative music scene as a trumpet player, composer, and improviser. His music has been described as "extraordinarily inventive" by Signal to Noise magazine, and Cadence magazine calls him "a really compelling voice." He has toured and performed at concert venues and festivals throughout North America and appears on over 30 recordings; his own projects have been released on the pfMENTUM, Nine Winds, and Evander Music labels. In addition to numerous interdisciplinary collaborations involving dance, poetry and spoken word, visual art, film, and animation he has recorded music for radio, television, and motion picture scores and his trumpet playing has been heard on MTV and Comedy Central. His primary musical projects include the Empty Cage Quartet - a collaborative new jazz ensemble that has been hailed in the jazz press as being "one of the most powerful and appealing jazz units currently active" (–All About Jazz), and TIN/BAG - a duo collaboration with New York guitarist Mike Baggetta which deals with a music that is spare, ethereal, and highly exploratory, "clearly cut from cloth that hasn't been designed yet..." (–Improvijazzation Nation). Kris is a regular member of both the Industrial Jazz Group and the Los Angeles Trumpet Quartet, and he has performed and/or recorded with groups led by Vinny Golia, Leroy Jenkins, Gerry Hemingway, Wadada Leo Smith, Kraig Grady, Jeff Kaiser, Harris Eisenstadt, G.E. Stinson, Lukas Ligeti, Phillip Greenlief, Michael Vlatkovich, Joe LaBarbera, Steuart Liebig, Bill Horvitz and Brad Dutz. Originally from Wasco, California, Kris holds an MFA in African-American Improvisational Music from California Institute of the Arts where he worked closely with Wadada Leo Smith, Leroy Jenkins, Vinny Golia, Charlie Haden, and Edward Carroll. He has lectured on both music and visual art, and currently teaches and directs the jazz program at Bakersfield College.


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