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|MidWinter Born is Tobin's most recent recording, reinterpretations of traditional Christmas carols for solo piano. Mueller captures the quiet simplicity, expectant playfulness, and over-riding joy of the season. It is his prettiest, most delightul solo piano album. Mueller’s playing ranges from New Age to Neo-classical, modal jazz to honky tonk. The wonder of Christmas unfolds as he takes you on a yuletide journey through his musical imagination. The ancient quality of this music is never lost; the modern musical twists add layers of respect, honoring the historical roots of each melody.
Morning Whispers: Tobin's first solo piano collection is , a song cycle of tragic beauty. Music of healing and introspection. New Age and Neo-Classical. 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. This is Mueller's most introspective work. Several of these works have since been used in film. Cover photo taken by Mueller on Cape Cod.
13 Masks: Tobin's second solo piano collection. This project came out of discussions about the role subconscious plays in creativity. Tobin used his illustration of 13 Masks to inspire songs combining ragtime, jazz and avant-garde classical. He let his subconscious lead the way, creating phrases and variations that pleased something deep inside. An eclectic mix of original of songs, for sure.
Currently, I am excited to have started a forging of Impressionism and Jazz in my latest preoject, Impressions of Water & Light. Check out my project page to follow my progress.
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|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.
|Voice & piano...|
Hard place To Find - voice/piano - Following on the success of Song of Myself (see below), Tobin has released a new volume of his favorite songs. Complete lyrics and song notes are linked from Tobin's Hard Place To Find project page.
"Still Crazy" by Paul Simon. Bob Dylan's "Shelter from the Storm" and "Bob Dylan's Dream." Richie Haven's "Paradise." "Dulcinea" from Man of la Mancha. "Alfie" by Bacharach. "Somewhere" from West Side Story. Many more, plus one original song by Tobin Mueller. All songs having to do with journeying, questing, searching. Released June 2nd, 2013 on CDBaby.com. Will be available on iTunes soon...
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. New additions to the Great American Songbook.
"American Tune" by Paul Simon. "Blackbird" by Paul McCartney. Bob Dylan's "Dignity." A Joni Mitchell and an Elton John medly. "Being Alive" from Company (Stephen Sondheim). "Impossible Dream" from Man of la Mancha. "Oh Danny Boy." "Frozen Man" by James Taylor. Many more, plus two original songs by Tobin Mueller.
A moving and meaningful compilation. Songs from a life well lived. Released July 13th, 2012.
A BIT OF LIGHT - voice/multiple instrument ensemble - 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.
|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
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• 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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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