KRIS TINER (b. 1977) is active on the West Coast as a trumpet player, composer, and improviser. His music has been described as extraordinarily inventive by Signal to Noise magazine, Cadence Magazine calls him a really compelling voice, and LA Weekly jazz critic Greg Burk claims, Trumpeter Kris Tiner can turn barbed wire to beauty. He has performed at concert venues and festivals throughout North America and in Europe and West Africa and he appears on over 35 recordings. His own projects have been released on the Clean Feed, pfMENTUM, Nine Winds, and Evander Music labels and are regularly featured on jazz radio stations throughout the world. 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, NBC, Comedy Central, and NPR.
Kris has performed in a wide range of classical, jazz, and popular styles as well as various improvisational and electro-acoustic formats, and he has studied traditional music from Latin America, West Africa, Indonesia, and North India. Incorporating ideas from the fields of Integral Studies and transpersonal psychology, his compositions explore connections between various improvisational world music systems and contemporary compositional practices. As a composer-improviser, Kris has been the recipient of awards from the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the American Composers Forum, Chamber Music America’s French-American Jazz Exchange, the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE), and the Kennedy Center's Jazz Ahead program.