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In the Ground and Overhead

by Kris Tiner

Rising 00:40
Hope Anyways 00:38
Trapa 00:37
Stillness 00:39


This set of 14 miniatures for solo muted trumpet was inspired by the sights, sounds, and creatures of one of California’s most serene and historic places. The music was created, performed, and recorded by Kris Tiner while in residence at Montalvo Arts Center in the forested foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Incorporating the natural reverb of the John Bluth painters’ studio along with ambient recordings of the Montalvo grounds, In the Ground and Overhead is a focused and heartfelt meditation on nature and solitude by Tiner, a veteran of many acclaimed West Coast jazz and creative music ensembles including the Empty Cage Quartet, Tin/Bag, Psychic Temple, the Vinny Golia Quintet, and the Industrial Jazz Group.

“Definitely a winner… It takes courage to make music this sensitive. It requires insight and good taste to be this sensitive without falling into the abyss of sentimentalism. It takes strength to reduce the feelings and musings to their bare essence, like a Japanese zen-drawing with only a few lines and lots of white space. Tiner’s tone is warm and precise, pure and velvety, subtle and nuanced. It takes a lot of artistry to produce something so personal with such universal value.”
– Stef Gijssels, The Free Jazz Collective

“Kris Tiner’s trumpet is perfectly suited to the moment.”
– Dave Cantor, DownBeat

More info at www.kristiner.com


released June 13, 2020

Performed and recorded by Kris Tiner in the John Bluth Studio at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California in August, 2015.

Tracks 1 and 14 are solo improvisations paired with ambient recordings of the Montalvo grounds.

Tracks 2-13 were composed in residence at Montalvo Arts Center in July, 2012.

Cover photo and design by Kris Tiner.

© 2020 Kris Tiner Music, ASCAP

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