Here's some of the
bands and projects I've performed, toured, recorded and
To hear some tracks, go to the Music page
of this website.
|Harmony Hall -
City State (2012)
An all star eight piece band of some of my favorite players - 8 of my
recent compositions - primarily written for school bands.
Go to the 'Charts' page for recordings and scores.
& Paul Walfisch - Genderful (2011)
|| Rob Reddy’s Small Town The Book of the Storm
(2007) Reddy Music RED-002
"Dense and uncompromising, yet
accessible and infinitely rewarding, The
Book of the Storm is Reddy's most fully realized work yet, a high
water mark in an ever expanding discography." —Troy Collins,
Recorded live at the Tribeca Performing
Center, NY in March 2007. I'm playing Soprano and
An all star band with some great moments.
Go to: http://robreddy.com/music-store/the-book-of-the-storm/
The Pink Noise Saxophone Quartet, The
Up. 1999 Pink Tomato Music
My band from 1996-2002. Read
Up. ..and at the bottom of this page.
‘Ryhmically driven, mood shifting music with blues and bop roots,
keeping an anarchic energy barely in check. They wove themes of jazz,
blues and ethnic folk melodies into a huge sphere of sound that was
always tuneful’ Cadence Magazine.
To buy a CD send $10.00 (USD) plus $2 shipping to anywhere.
||I can be seen
and heard in the movie ‘Dummy’
Mila Jovovitch, and Academy Award winner Adrian Brody who plays a
depressed suburban ventriloquist. I play drums in the house punk band
and I'm playing clarinet on the
I can also be heard on
the soundtrack of Clay
- 2001 - Jetset Records
Ponzi Scheme’ - 1998 -
'Some Strange Reaction' - Jetset Records - 1997.
You can listen to a couple of tracks on the 'Music' page.
Play the Music of Harry Potter.
A project of music written for the author of the Harry Potter book
series J.K Rowling on
her 1st visit to the US.
The tracks were created with
the fine Sydney guitarist and producer, Tim Rollinson - (See also 'The
Modern Congress' below.)
To listen to some tracks, go to the 'Music' page.
|| The Modern
..a great album by Sydney guitarist and producer,
Tim Rollinson. I'm on a couple of tracks..
||The Last of
the International Playboys
A fine lounge album featuring some of my
arranging and compositions.
Lounge (Transcontinental Records)
Led by my dear friend Walter Kuehr, who runs the Main Squeeze accordion
store on the lower east side, and is leader of the famed all
girl accordion orchestra - http://www.mainsqueezeorchestra.com/gallery.html
- who I've performed with numerous times, plus done some arranging and
||Myth Science (Knitting Factory
Love in Outer Space (Knitting Factory Works) Downtown Jazz
& Other Sounds (Knitting Factory compilation 1997) Myth Science
- Time Out (compilation) (Knitting Factory 1996)
LOVE IN OUTER SPACE is a
collection of Sun Ra compositions. Myth-Science: Briggan Kraus (alto
saxophone); Tim Otto (tenor saxophone); Anthony Coleman (organ); Reuben
Radding (acoustic bass); Ed Ware (drums). Recorded live at the Knitting
Factory Tap Bar, New York, New York on October 7 & 8, 1995.
Includes liner notes by Reuben Radding.
JazzTimes (10/96, p.102) - "...[a] jumpin', happy set....They do
capture some of the raw, emotive, unbridled spirit of Ra's mid-sized
groups circa 1956-60 in Chicago....Myth Science gets beyond cool bar
fare: it's lounge wizardry for thinkers.
|| Virgil Moorefield
Temperature in Hell is Over 3000 Degrees’. (Tdzadik Records);
(Cuneiform Records). Various artists.
The Original Otto Orchestra
bother with the covers bands. Only The Original Otto Orchestra has the
right stuff. Fortunately for true music lovers, music from their
vintage years as well as from their astonishing comeback ('Where the
hell have these characters been? I mean what planet have they been on?'
- Variety Gazette) is available on modern discs for the connoisseur.
While the Ottos compositions and arrangements for massed saxophones
(four of them in all) do not shun the spectacular, the loopy and the
surreal, there is a serious intent here to explore the timbres and the
blended tones of what Debussy, when asked to compose for saxophone,
called, 'this strange aquatic instrument'. Each of the four members in
fact plays at least two of the saxophone family. The frequency range is
impressive - from bass sax, up through baritone and tenor to soprano.
Whether buzzing like bagpipes, hooting coolly or roaring like
fundamentalist preachers, the Ottos unfailingly intrigue the ear with
their textures, harmonies and tones."
By John Clare from http://www.rufusrecords.com.au/artists.html Available special order; LP only. - (pre CD's -
yeah, it's that old.)
'Stairways to Heaven' is from an Australian TV variety show that
featured a band every week doing their own version of Stairway to
Heaven. I'm on it with the band 'Pardon
Boys' - fronted by ex Jimmy and the Boys frontman, Ignatius
a really old clip,
circa 1988, of us doing
their hit version of: Stairway to Heaven.
Salant - Various releases 2010-2013 - http://normansalant.bandcamp.com/album/grace-single
Cunningham Stories to Play (2000)
Joe Gallant & Illuminati Big Band
of The West' Scratchy Records 1994 -
Joe had a pretty big and wild band back in the 90's - Did some fun gigs
with them at the old Tribeca Knitting Factory.
A little embarassing but a period piece nontheless - from the mid
1980's - the Sydney Band Lunar Circus
one of our 'hits' E=MC2 The band
actually came second in the Australian TV show Starsearch in about
1987. We lost by 1 point.
Also as a sideman:
Pinetop Perkins; The blues piano legend
seen on a Chicago
street corner in The Blues Brothers movie,) and Grammy Lifetime
achievement award recipient.2005.
The Big Apple Circus
The Main Squeeze
Orchestra; A band of 16 women accordionists led by a dear
friend of mine Walter Kuehr, I recently arranged one of my pieces
for them, and am one of the few men other than Walter to
have had the absolute pleasure to have played in the band.
Ballin the Jack - led
Ska legend Roscoe Gordon.
George Kilby Junior and the Coolerators
The Brooklyn Saxophone Quartet
Radio cult figure Joe Frank
The Flux Quartet
Joe Gallant and the Illuminati Big Band
Steven Bernsteins’ Diaspora Soul
Michelle Kinney and Chris Cunningham's’
Cecil Taylor- rehearsal band 1994
The Australian Environmental Orchestra. (New
Guinea Tour 1990.)
The New York Theater Workshop
Pardon Me Boys
David Linton and Electric Outhaus
Selected performances and venues:
Bang on a Can, Avery Fischer Hall
Knitting Factory and related festivals, 1996,97 and 98;
Soha Arts Festival
North Sea Jazz Festival
NY Microtonal Festival
La Mama Galleria
CBGB's, and Gallery 313
Barbican Center, London
Singapore Arts Festival
Hamumis Festival, Papua New Guinea
Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide Arts festivals. (Australia)
American Festival of Microtonal Music
New York Theater Workshop
Extensive US, Australian and world touring and club performances.
Film, Video and Theater:
Russia For Sale PBS Documentary. Dir. Natasha Lance. Parallax
Productions NY, 1993.
Lester Shot From a Canon Dir. Adam
Fingerprint Films NY 1993
Every Good Boy Dir. Adam Yaffe. Fingerprint Films NY 1995
Dance scores for Lucy Guerin at DIA Center for the Arts and
Susan Graham: Score for video
installation. Southhampton College 2004; Plus she did the artwork for
my cd's - The Jig Is Up, and City State.
have been presented by:
The Jazz Composers Collective
Texaco NY, and Heineken NY Jazz Festivals
Edge Fest, Ann Arbor MI
The Absolute Ensemble
Meridian Arts Ensemble
Danspace @ St Marks Church
Here's a review for the Pink Noise Sax Quartet
New York City's
Pink Noise Saxophone Quartet is led by Australian tenor and
Tim Otto , who has also performed with
Myth Science ,
Joe Gallant , and the Virgil Moorefield Ensemble.
Otto formed the quartet in 1994, applying the "Pink Noise" name
to the group in a reference to both the lush harmonies of combined
saxophones and the abrasiveness of low frequency static. Far from
abrasive, however, the PNSQ juxtaposes street marches, funk,
freewheeling jazz, blues, and Middle Eastern music, performing pieces
with both solo and collective improvising as well as adventurous
ensemble writing. The original quartet included Peck Allmond -- an alto
and tenor saxophonist from the San Francisco Bay area who has also
Don Cherry ,
Peter Apfelbaum and the
Julius Hemphill Sextet -- Norman Salant, and
Blaise Siwula in addition to
Otto . During the late '90s, the quartet went through a number of
personnel changes, always retaining
Otto in the driver's seat while evolving into a unit
characterized by rigorous compositions and arrangements in addition to
free-blowing improvisation. Other members of the PNSQ have also
Andy Laster of
Hydra , Interpretations of Lessness, the Julius Hemphill Sextet,
New and Used,
Ballin' The Jack , and
Erik Friedlander 's
Topaz -- on baritone saxophone, Canadian
Michael Blake -- of
John Lurie 's
Lounge Lizards ,
Groove Collective , and
Kamikaze Ground Crew -- on tenor saxophone, and
Briggan Krauss -- of
Babkas , Wayne Horvitz's Pigpen, Good Kitty, Andrea Parkins' Cast
Iron Fact, and his own recent trio with
Horvitz and drummer
Kenny Wollesen -- on alto saxophone. The
Pink Noise Saxophone Quartet released its first CD,
The Jig Is Up , on the independent Pink Tomato Music label in
1998. The CD features
Otto , Allmond,
Laster , and either
Krauss augmented by the rhythm section of bassist
Dom Richards and drummer
Aaron Alexander in an energetic live session recorded on two
dates in the summer of 1998 at the Knitting Factory's Tap Bar in NYC.
The high spirits and humor of the recording are evident in the titles
of the eight Tim Otto compositions, which include "Pass the Cous Cous,"
"Fish Eats Dog," and "Romance in Underpants." ~ Dave Lynch, All Music