A riot of reeds, percussion and brass making a ‘joyful noise’ for dreaming, dancing and celebration.
Tim is a musician, performer and creator of outdoor shows and exhibitions. With his band Tongues of Fire, he makes music and theatre that draws on the history of outdoor rituals and celebrations and the traditions of village, circus and street bands, the sounds of church and chapel, the free jazz marches of Albert Ayler and the cosmic carnival of Sun Ra.
Tim weaves forgotten strands of music tradition and history into a rich contemporary framework. He breathes new life into outdoor theatre and processional traditions, telling stories, building giants, great beasts and dream machines. The result is a rich, fresh and unique sound, written for brass, reeds and drums, with a distinctive signature.
Tim has played saxophone for over thirty years, working as an improviser and experimental musician in a wide variety of settings. In the eighties he played in a number of groups attempting to combine punk energy, tape loops ‘scratching’ and free improvisation, featuring guitarist Mike Cooper and drummer Paul Burwell. In the nineties he founded the band Pandaemonium featuring great musicians like Pat Thomas, Alex Ward, John Edwards and Steve Noble, playing music by and inspired by Sun Ra. He now plays in Alex Wards Predicate and a range of bands, trios and quartets including Humstrum with Hannah Marshall and The Worlds Unknown Trio with Steve Noble and Dom Lash.