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Tim Feeney
University of Alabama - United States

Overview

Tim Feeney seeks to explore and examine the timbral possibilities inherent in everyday found and built objects. He treats his percussion setup as a friction instrument, using bows, scrapers, and rosined drumheads to capture and amplify frequencies that go unheard when an object is struck with a traditional mallet. He supplements this acoustic console with an electronic instrument, arranged from mixers, contact microphones, and effects pedals, that synthesizes and alters the spectral characteristics of low-fidelity tones, feedback, and noise.

Tim worked for years within Boston's timbral improvising community, a group of musicians interested in unstable sounds and silences, exploring austere combinations of sound and the otherworldly ripple effects that pulse through a silent space and alert ears. He has performed with musicians including thereminist James Coleman, cellist/electronic musician Vic Rawlings, pianist Annie Lewandowski, tape-deck manipulator Howard Stelzer, trumpeter Nate Wooley, sound artists Jed Speare and Ernst Karel, saxophonist Jack Wright, the trio Meridian (with percussionists Nick Hennies and Greg Stuart), and the trio ONDA (with vocalist Ken Ueno and violinist Hillary Zipper. His concerts have been held at experimental spaces such as the Red Room in Baltimore, Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art, Firehouse 12 in New Haven, Connecticut, the Knitting Factory New York, and the Stone, as well as the Center for New Music and Audio Technology at UC-Berkeley, the Stanford Art Museum, Princeton University, and Dartmouth College.

Tim's double life as an interpreter of contemporary compositions has led him to venues such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Zankel Hall, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and his work has been featured on WNYC Radio's New Sounds.  A member of Boston's Callithumpian Consort, Tim has appeared on the Musica Nova series at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany, and at New York's Tonic, as part of its 50th birthday celebration for John Zorn. As a founding member of the So Percussion Group, Tim appeared in concerts and masterclasses at Columbia University and Williams College, and commissioned David Lang's The So-Called Laws of Nature, premiered at the 2001 Bang on a Can Marathon.  He is a co-founder of the duo Non Zero, with saxophonist Brian Sacawa, which has performed American and world premieres of works in concerts at MIT, NYU, the University of Michigan, the Kerrytown Concert Hall, New York's Tenri Cultural Institute, and Eastern Nazarene College.

An active educator, Tim has given workshops on improvisation, chamber music and solo percussion performance, Ewe dance-drumming, and Balinese gamelan schools including at the University of Miami, Longy School of Music, UC-Davis, Bucknell University, and the Peabody Conservatory.  He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music in 2007, and is currently Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Alabama School of Music.