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Tobin Mueller - collaborative and solo artist
My latest jazz collaboration with saxophonist Woody Mankowski, The Muller's Wheel, is a prpoject I am very excited about it. Please check it out. Woody also played on Rain Bather, which won Best Album of 2009 (JazzChicago.net). And he was instrumental in inching me closer to completing my Come In Funky project, featuring Ron Carter on bass.
Some of my most rewarding projects are solo piano. See Morning Whispers, 13 Masks and Midwinter Born. Collaborations with musician friends from around the world led to my progressive folk album A Bit Of Light, featuring songs I wrote for film, and my progressive rock album, Audiocracy.
In addition, I've added photos to the website, which I sell to hotels and private collectors. I have begun to organize them into coherent collections. More will follow.
Also, I've written an impressionistic version of my memoirs as a series of dreams (Book Of Dreams), which includes many illustrations. As an NYC Dramatist Guild playwright and poet, and musical lyricist, I have had a long standing and tempestuous love affair with words. But my Book Of Dreams is a surreal favorite.
|Müller's Wheel - jazz - Remastered and now on CD, formerly titled The Muller's Wheel, this jazz ensemble recording takes you on a joyous history of instrumental jazz from bop to funk. Order directly from me Müller's Wheel - remastered ($10) or purchase from CDBaby. The CDBaby site also has reviews and additional liner notes. The happiest, hippest hour of music you'll ever hear, featuring Tobin Mueller on piano & organ, Woody Mankpowski on saxes.
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|Rain Bather - jazz - 13 track 80-minute long play tour de force jazz collection by an all-star ensemble. Featuring Tobin on B3 organ, Chris Mueller at the piano, percussion by Dane Richeson, plus a totally hip ensemble - saxes, horns, flute, clarinet & acoustic bass. Not to be missed! Winner of "Album of the Year" for 2009 at JazzChicago.net. See: RAIN BATHER webpage.
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|Voice and piano...|
|Hard Place To Find - voice/piano - Tobin's favorite songs, Volume Two. Including: "Still Crazy" (Paul Simon), "Bob Dylan's Dream" and "Shelter from the Storm" (Dylan), "Paradise" (Richie Havens), "Dulcinea" (from Man of la Mancha), "Somewhere" (from West Side Story), and "Alfie" (Bacharach). Many more, plus an original song by Tobin Mueller, "Let Yourself." All songs have to do with journeying, questing, searching. For details, see Hard Place To Find project page.
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|A Bit Of Light - contemporary folk fusion - A 14 track compilation. Styles range from tango to jazz fusion, yet always seem to gravitate to contemporary folk. I hope these inventive arrangements paint an entertaining yet honest and intimate, portrait of the artist. Features: Entcho Todorov-violin; Donny McCaslin & Woody Mankowski-saxes; Bill Barner-clarinet; Thor Oliverson & John Luper-guitars.
CDBaby.com - iTunes - Digital Booklet - Reviews
|Song of Myself - voice/piano - Tobin's favorite cover songs, reinterpretted. Intimate, heartfelt, devistatingly honest music. Complete lyrics and song notes are linked from Tobin's Song of Myself project page. Ballads, blues, showtunes, folk rock, jazz - the music of Tobin's roots. These are songs he's song for decades, songs that have evolved and matured with him. Album released July 13th, 2012
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|Midwinter Born - solo piano - a collection of jazz reinterpretations of traditional Christmas carols , Mueller captures the quiet simplicity, expectant playfulness, and over-riding joy of the season. It is his prettiest, most delightul solo piano album. The wonder of Christmas unfolds as he takes you on a yuletide journey through his musical imagination. For details, see Midwinter Born project page.
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|13 Masks - solo piano - A commision designed to create an interweaving of jazz, avant-guard classical, and ragtime blended through the "chaos of the subconscious." I've tried to always compell, surprise in these musical stories. Influences include Monk, Brubeck, Joplin, Medeski, as well as Shostakovich, Ligeti and Bartok. I composed these pieces for myself, regardless of genre, market, or any one else's expectations, reminding me how powerful solo piano can be.
Simig Media Records - CDBaby.com - iTunes - Reviews
|Morning Whispers - solo piano - New age / Neo-classical solo piano combining lyrical impressionism, romance and contemporary jazz influences. Songs of tragic beauty. Original commission was to create a cycle of solo piano songs to promote healing and inner joy. Contemplative. I've donated many copies of this CD to non-profit organizations dedicated to peace and inner discovery.
Simig Media Records - CDBaby.com - iTunes - Reviews - More recordings by Tobin Mueller
|Although I have loved performing as a solo artist, I highly value the energy and inspiration collaboration lends. I'm always looking for inventive projects to join. Write me!
All of my stage plays involved collaborations. Writing musical theatre has honed my collaborative instincts. Directors, producers, design people, actors and co-writers all get in the act. It's a whirlwind of creativity. Unlike film, in theatre the author provides the central vision... one of the reasons I love it.
My latest collaborations have been with my friend and jazz saxophonist Woody Mankowski. The result is The Muller's Wheel, 14 tracks of pure funky joy. We wanted to write our own happy history of jazz, from swing to funk, and this was the result. It is definitely my most upbeat album. We plan on a driving funk album next year. I love funk. I'm looking forward to it.
A decade ago, I formed a progressive rock band with guys spread all around the globe. We call it "Audiocracy," a play on words indicating both the reign of music and the post-political nature of the band's lyrics. Progressive rock is a combination of rock inventions, classical virtuosity, and jazz freedoms; so much fun. My son, Twøn, sings lead, which is another joy, making the group inter-generational as well as cross-continental.
My nephew Chris Mueller was the pianist formost of my Off Broadway shows. He knew his way around those scores. He and I collaborated on bringing the music of my musical "Creature" into the jazz realm. The result was Rain Bather (jazz ensemble). Please check out the album on iTunes and CDBaby. It was winner of "Album of the Year" for 2009 at JazzChicago.net.
My 2007 progressive folk fusion recording, A Bit Of Light, features wonderful contributions from very talented musicians. On many of these tracks, the solos they have added resulted in significant collaborative additions. Several are players I met on MacJams, others are from NYC:
Entcho Todorov - violin
Donny McCaslin - tenor & soprano sax
Bill Barner - clarinet & tenor sax
John Luper - guitar
Thor Oliverson - bass & guitar;
Martyn Kember -Smith - fiddle
Woody Mankowski - soprano sax
The entire spirit behind Artsforge.com (the website I founded) is collaboration. When it was fresh, we created recordings, a space opera video game, and planned several eBooks. But eBooks never took off and the gaming world changes so fast, the collaborative aspect of the site kind of skidded sideways. ArtsForge is now a great place to view art and listen to music and dream of what might have been.
I was tooling around the net when Garageband first came out (the Mac music software, Jan. 2004) and discovered a new site, MacJams. I contacted the admins and they agreed that it would be cool to emphasize collaborations. I've been working with them ever since and the site has spawned tons of great artist-to-artist projects. The future is bright, but there's a lot of work to do before the promise meets the expectations. I keep plugging away.
• Spoken Word Poetry with Gregory DelTufo
• Ongoing Projects
2013: Hard Place To Find, solo voice and piano.
2012: Song Of Myself, solo voice and piano.
1998: Müller's Wheel, The Muller's Wheel - remastered under new title.
2011: The Muller's Wheel, ensemble jazz recording, collaboration with Woody Mankowski.
1998: The September Project - 10 Years Later, original songs inspired by 9/11.
2009: Rain Bather, ensemble jazz recording, winner "Best Album in Midwest - 2009".
2008: Audiocracy: Revolution's Son, collaborative progressive rock concept album.
1998: Book of Dreams - a memoir, my journal of most important dreams, ongoing.
2007: A Bit Of Light - progressive folk fusion, The Lost Records.
1998: 13 Masks - solo piano from the chaos of the subconscious, commissioned solo piano.
2006: Morning Whispers, commissioned solo piano song cycle.
2005: Pilgrim Village, CD of new music about transition and exploration.
2004: Runners In A Dream, musical drama set in the Holocaust,
1998: (music by Tobin Mueller; book & lyrics by Tobin Mueller & Randyl Appel).
2002: What Survives, a jazz renditions of Creature themes, CD recording.
2001: Holy Land, Music Collection -15 track CD inspired by 9/11.
2001: Journal from the Streets, first-hand account of 9/11 and aftermath, plus photos.
2000: Falling Past Love, Poetry Collection - a fall into passion and the climb out of loss.
1999: Ash, Poetry Collection - a juxtaposition of biblical allegories and personal confessions.
1998: Creature, an alternative Frankenstein, musical drama.
1998: Xianu Override, a computer space opera, available for Mac only (story, script by TJM).
1998: Established ArtsForge, an online community of artists, composers, and writers.
1996: Frankenstein, the Man-Made Messiah, musical drama.
1995: Robin Hood, musical drama.
1994: Freedom’s First Light, musical drama (music & lyrics by TJM, book by Ed Medina).
1993: We Are the Ones, theme song of United Nations’ Global Youth Forum & Children's Alliance for Protection of the Environment.
1990: To Save the Planet, children's musical about the environment, winner of 4 national and international awards.
1988: The Politics of Selfestness, essay, published in New Humanity, London, England.
1987: The New Age Politics, political philosophy text, Amherst Press.
1986: Sweet Liberty, song performed at the Statue of Liberty Re-dedication.
1985: The Diary of a Househusband, autobiographical domestic humor.
1980: From Where the Sun Now Stands, historical fiction, Indian History of Nez Perce.
1979: Pindar's Ode, contemporary ballet commissioned by & performed at UW-Milwaukee.
1978: Lustre, first collection of poems.
1974: From the Creation, avant-garde drama performed by Odyssey Playhouse.
1973: Find the Cost, surreal drama performed by the Samuel Pickard Theater.
For a more complete listing, see Tobin's ArtsForge Major Works listing.
The Muller's Wheel, jazz, ArtsForge, © 2011.
Rain Bather, jazz, ArtsForge, © 2009.
AUDIOCRACY: Revolution's Son, progressive rock, The Lost Records, © 2008.
A Bit Of Light, progressive folk fusion, The Lost Records, © 2007.
13 Masks, commissioned inventive solo piano, © 2007.
Morning Whispers, commissioned song cycle for solo piano, © 2005.
What Survives, jazz renditions of Creature themes, CD recording, © 1998-99, 2000.
Pilgrim Village, 15 songs about transition and exploration, © 2005.
Dreams & Promises, Music Collection -14 track CD of musical ballads and film songs, © 2004.
Speechless, Music Collection - 9 track CD of instrumental music, © 2003.
I Will Love, Music Collection - 20 track CD of love songs, © 2002.
Holy Land, Music Collection -15 track CD inspired by 9/11, © 2001.
Dreams & Promises, Music Collection -14 track CD of musical ballads and film songs, © 2001.
Mickey Spleen Saves the Day, swing-jazz children’s musical soundtrack recording, © 1994.
Celebrate Earth, CenterStage Compilation audiocassette recording, © 1993.
Frankenspell Superstar, Tale of a Man-Made Messiah, soundtrack recording, © 1992.
Robin Hood and the Free People of the Forest, musical drama soundtrack recording, © 1992.
To Save the Planet, musical drama soundtrack recording, © 1991.
I Want to Know!, musical comedy soundtrack recording, © 1990.
Say "Yes!" to Life, musical drama soundtrack recording, © 1989.
The Sound of Money, educational musical soundtrack recording, © 1989.
Danger, Dinosaurs!, musical comedy soundtrack recording, © 1989.
Music of the Planets, educational operetta soundtrack recording, © 1988.
For more information on available CDs, go to Tobin Mueller's Recordings...
|Honors & Awards...
Environmental, Music, Writing, Art Awards:
United Nations’ Global 500 Roll of Honor, laureate, 1994.
Rain Bather, Midwest Album of the Year (2009), JazzChicago.net
MacJams Best Song Contest Winner, 2003-2004.
CenterStage Children’s Theatre Troupe, founder and director, 1988 to present.
Wisconsin Association of Environmental Educator’s “Earthguard Award”, 1993.
Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s “Environmental Excellence Award”, 1994.
Wisconsin Theatre Association, president, children's theatre division, 1989-90.
Wisconsin Arts Board, Artist-in-resident, 1989 to 1993.
Top Ten Digital Artists Award winner, 1999 highest vote getter.
Bryce Forum Select Gallery Award Winner 1998-1999.
DigiFad 10 Ten Award, 2000.
Digital Paint Award, 1999.
Web Design Awards:
Mind Tour Award of Excellence, 2000.
Visionary Award, 2000.
Webdancer's Pick, 1999.
Digital Waterfall's "Spotlight Award", October 1999.
"Best of the Best" Softwind Design Award, 1998.
"Killer Site Award", 1999.
Digital Artworks Award, 1999.
The Art & Ramble Award, 1999.
The Information Revolution Award, 1999.
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• Funk Project with Woody Mankowski
• Spoken Word Poetry with Gregory DelTufo
• Book of Dreams
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