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Commisions/Solo Piano • Jazz • Progressive Rock • Alternative • Musical Theatre • Children's Music
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|I am on a quest to create a series of piano recordings in various stylings, a body of work I hope will become a "quilt of personality" - the central expression of my musical mind. I've had the fortune of being able to bring the first two collections to life through commissions, private performances and CD recordings:
The first is Morning Whispers, a song cycle of tragic beauty. Although it's marketed as New Age - and I supposed that is the closest genre label - it is more Neo-Classical and melancholy than most New Age recordings. The use of key changes, unusual time signatures, and other variational devices makes this work involving, not merely background music. Its internal intensity, however, does not detract from its healing essence, its sense of inner joy.
The second is 13 Masks. This project came out of discussions about the role subconscious plays in creativity. I used my illustration of 13 Masks to inspire songs combining ragtime, jazz and avant-garde classical, but tried to let my subconscious lead the way, creating phrases and variations that pleased something deep inside (not the tiny voice of my first composition teacher). I am very proud of the outcome.
There are two more collections planned in the series: Myth and The Artsist. "Myth" will be a series of songs bring to life certain myths, utlitzing my storytelling experience, emphasizing classical styles. "The Artists" will use my favorite painters as muses, as starting points, and I will attempt to paint jazz portraits of each. I'm very excited to continue playing.
For more details, see Tobin Mueller's Recordings...
|Rain Bather & The Muller's Wheel/ Jazz...|
Technically, all my solo piano recordings are listed under jazz. But my first pure jazz recording is Rain Bather, a jazz ensemble 80 minute long play CD. Although I play B3 and am sole composer, the highlights of nearly every recording are superlative solo performances by all-star band members. Most of the tunes are in the jazz-funk-fusion vein, but many others try to break new ground, defying easy labels.
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Tobin Mueller - B3 organ, electric piano, synth; composer
Chris Mueller - acoustic piano
Jeff Cox - acoustic bass
Dane Richeson - drums & percussion
Woody Mankowski - soprano saxophone
Tom Washatka - tenor saxophone
Doug Schnieder - tenor sax
Ken Schaphorst - flugelhorn
Bob Levy - trumpet
Sal Giorgianni - flute
Bill Barner - clarinet, additional sax
McBoy - electric guitars
My latest release is The Muller's Wheel, a funky journey through the history of jazz. Collaborating with saxophonist Woody Mankowski is a joy on so many levels. He is one of the most versatile and talented saxists on the planet, and an incredibly nice man. This is perhgaps my most enjoyable musical endeavor ever. Check our 2010-2011 Project page for details.
The Muller's Wheel is on sale as a digital release on CDBaby July 4th and will be out on iTunes soon.
|Audiocracy / Progressive Rock...|
See: Audiocracy: Revolution's Son for latest band info.
Ever since I first listened to Yes, I have been enthralled with progressive rock. Using the Internet, I collaborated with players from around the world. We put tracks together piece by piece, a whole different way to record, but it was very rewarding: the music is inventive and driving!
The album was well reviewed in Progessive and other leading prog mags. The CD inculdes a collection of great arwork illustrating each song by Hovakimian Anoushavan. Please check it out.
Tobin Mueller: organs, synths, pianos, drum programming, backing vocals
Twon: vocals, bass, acoustic guitar
Bob Piper: electric guitar, guitar synth
Darren Chapman: electric guitar
Tadashi Togawa: guitars
Rob Thurman: drums
• Audiocracy on CDBaby
• Audiocracy on iTunes
• Audiocracy on ReverbNation
|A Bit Of Light / Alternative Rock...|
A progressive folk / cross-genre collection of songs I've been accumulating for a decade, A Bit Of Light includes some of my favorite collaborations with saxophonists, fiddle players and guitarists, mixing jazz, bluegrass, tango and folk-rock. World renown violinist Entcho Todorov, saxophonists Danny McCaslin and Woody Mankowski, and guitarist John Luper provide fabulous highlights.
The CD comes with a digital booklet in PDF format:
Download the Digital Booklet here!
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Two previous releases of mine are also in the Adult Contemporary camp:
• Pilgim Village
• Holy Land
For more details, see Tobin Mueller's Recordings...
2004: Runners In A Dream, musical drama set in the Holocaust,
(music by Tobin Mueller; book & lyrics by Tobin Mueller & Randyl Appel).
2002: What Survives, a jazz rendition of Creature themes, CD recording.
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.
1974: From the Creation, avant-garde drama performed by Odyssey Playhouse.
1973: Find the Cost, surreal drama performed by the Samuel Pickard Theater.
|Children's Music / CenterStage Productions...|
One of the highlights of my career was working with the United Nations and environmental NGOs during the late 80s and early 90s. In additon to writing an environmental play for youths that toured the world, I was able to help plan international events that empowered youths in the worldwide environmental movement. I wrote a tune adopted as their theme song: We Are The Ones.
From 1987 to 1995, before moving to New York City and concentrating on adult theatre, I wrote a series of youth educational musicals marketed by CenterStage Poductions:
To Save the Planet, environmental musical.
I Want to Know!, about the history of science & invention.
The Sound of Money, about economics.
Danger, Dinosaurs!, about the exctinction of the dinosaurs and the importance of friends.
Music of the Planets, about the solar system.
Mickey Spleen Saves the Day, swing-jazz anatomy musical.
Say "Yes!" to Life, anti-drug, pro-self musical.
Frankenspell Superstar, Tale of a Man-Made Messiah, based on Frankenstein.
Robin Hood and the Free People of the Forest, musical drama about freedom and revolution.
Celebrate Earth, CenterStage "Best Of" Compilation CD.
*All music, lyrics, text by Tobin Mueller.
|Online Music MP3s...|
|• Streaming Music Player
• Audiocracy on MySpace
• Audiocracy on ArtsForge
• Spoken Word Poetry