Ages: 18+ (note: there is a $5 surcharge for attendees under 21)
*Online Tickets for this event are no longer available. A limited number of hard tickets are available at Putnam Den while supplies last.
Note: The following food options will be available for purchase:
– 8oz. marinated petite tenderloin on flat bamboo skewer with garlic French bread
– Garlic butter jumbo shrimp on a flat bamboo skewer with garlic French bread
Between time in the Dave Matthews Band, his duo partnership with its famed front man, and leadership of his electric power trio, TR3, it’s remarkable that Tim Reynolds still has time to tour by himself let alone release a new solo acoustic CD. The six and twelve-string guitar slinger lets his music do the talking as he unveils fourteen original tunes on “That Way” where he proves once again that his creativity and prowess are front and center.
According to Tim, “These songs are personal stories of my life that have meaning to me; some happy, some secret, some silly. I just want people to hear the voice of the guitar tell each story through the melodies. even though there are no lyrics.” Reynolds’ musical pace on “That Way” varies from gentle finger picking on “Hidden Variables” to the furiously fast and vibrant southern-slanted “Just Around the Corner” to the soaring chunky rocker “Manfood.” His jaw-dropping precision and all around mastery of his axe shines at every complex corner. “Some songs just came out instantly, like ‘Ode to the Box.’ For others, I collected little snippets over time, then went back and tinkered with an idea or piece of it and moved it around. Then I put it away again,” said Reynolds.
Reynolds’ inspiration for “That Way” came from years of absorbing parts of many different genres of music. “I love rock ‘n’ roll, especially 70s rock. When I listen to the Beatles, Genesis, and Yes, I want to hear how all the different parts play: not just the guitars. I’ve also been listening to classical music—Bartok since the 70s—and lately, 20th century string quartets, who I feel, are the most interesting and creative. If you listen to this stuff over a long span of time, it gets really familiar and gives me a germ of an idea or a little spark. Tumultuous music speaks to me. I get a very relevant awareness of different things that can happen in different times. Then I can improvise and open up what can be spontaneous for me. It’s a joy to hear such fresh and timeless music. It stretches your brain in a good way. It’s awesome. The inspiration for the strings on “Where Have the Years…” came from listening to string quartets. The cello and violin are doing exactly what my guitar is doing.”
Unlike most guitar players, Reynolds is a full-spectrum musician. His ears and fingers have a different lilt, a trait that keeps the sonics of his music interesting and filled with gentle unexpected flashes of brilliance—something noticeable in his delightfully unorthodox slide work. “That Way” is filled with road-tested tracks that lace various melodies and adventurous guitar improvisations and inspirations atop a seasoned palette of rock, Piedmont country style, and classical influences. It’s obvious that this ridiculously-gifted guitarist has so much fun sparking great, creative energy from his acoustic guitar.
Tenzin Chopak (vocals, guitar, piano, double bass, cello), is a songwriter and visual artist based in Ithaca, NY. The son of a minister and an artist, and the brother of a fellow musician and songwriter Greg Horne, Tenzin learned to love music in his father’s church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He studied voice, piano, and guitar in his childhood and youth, performing his original music frequently while dreaming of making it a full time profession. In 1999, after some years of a burgeoning devotion to the study of Tibetan language and religion, he traveled to North India. It was during his eight month stay there that he was given the name “Tenzin Chopak“. For the following twelve years, while continuing his study of Tibetan in upstate, NY, Tenzin kept music a quiet if not hidden part of his life.
In late 2011 he began to write and perform publicly again. Teaming up with renowned banjo player Richie Stearns, violinist vocalist Rosie Newton, violinist Eric Aceto, bassist Harry Aceto, and then bassist Ethan Jodziewicz, he formed an ensemble he called Rockwood Ferry as a vehicle for his music. Since then he has been the driving force behind three albums under the Rockwood Ferry name (bringing in other respected players such as bassist Rich DePaolo, drummer Bill King, and horn player/multi instrumentalist Peter Dodge), composed music for film, and has rapidly gained recognition for his songwriting, singing, and for his presence and joyful abandon in live performance. His fourth album “Awful Good” was being released November 2016. In March of 2017 Tenzin will be releasing a fifth album which is an acoustic solo cd recorded with one microphone in one session entitled
Chopak now performs and records simply under his name “Tenzin Chopak“, and is known for composing and performing music across the genres of roots and progressive chamber folk, world beat influenced rock, and experimental and improvisational music including analog electronica (Moog) and trance mixed with instruments such as cello, piano, double bass, acoustic/electric guitars and voice.