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Kris Tiner

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.

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”Trumpeter Kris Tiner can turn barbed wire to beauty...” -Greg Burk, LA WEEKLY

“Peerless technique with a rigorous, Miles-like economy, and a folksy sort of lyricism that one does not usually find in avant-jazz.” -Dave Wayne, JAZZREVIEW.COM

“Trumpeter Kris Tiner has a beautifully clear swing-to-freebop sound and a gift for phrases that hang provocatively in the air.” -Nate Dorward, Exclaim! Canada's Music Authority

“Tiner in particular is a really compelling voice, blending the timbral resourcefulness of Smoker or Wadada with the focused linear constructions of, say, Booker Little.” -Jason Bivins, CADENCE MAGAZINE

“Tiner plays through a spectrum of tones and approaches...” -Rex Butters, ALL ABOUT JAZZ LOS ANGELES

“Tiner's trumpet and flugelhorn work is both conversational and eliptical, much like Bill Dixon's in its unhurried examination of space.” -Larry Nai, CADENCE MAGAZINE

“Extraordinarily inventive..

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KRIS TINER has lectured on both music and visual art, and currently directs the jazz program and teaches courses in jazz and American popular music at Bakersfield College. He has taught at CSU Bakersfield, Taft College, Wasco High School, and the Academy of Creative Education in Los Angeles, and he has been a visiting lecturer/clinician/performer at CalArts, Bennington College, Mesa College, Saddleback College and The Oakwood School as well as at numerous high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools throughout Southern California

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