Tim Garland Biography
Tim Garland is one of the most versatile musicians in the UK. Highly skilled as an instrumentalist, composer and bandleader, Garland has developed a highly original voice with a marriage of diverse influences combined with unique and varied line-ups. With years on the road with Chick Corea’s Vigil, Garland has built a formidable reputation as one of the leading British Jazz musicians, equally at home with an orchestra or small ensemble.
His latest release ‘Songs to the North Sky’, a double album released on Edition Records in May 2014, saw him collaborate with Royal Northern Sinfonia, bassist John Patitucci and percussionist Asaf Sirkis. The second disc, a celebratory expansion of his previous Lighthouse Project, features pianists Geoffrey Keezer, Jason Rebello and John Turville, percussionist Asaf Sirkis and guitarists Ant Law and Don Paterson (who harks right back to Tim’s Lammas days from the early 1990’s).
With a new home at Edition, his continued involvement as Chick Corea’s regular saxophonist and now writing collaborator as well as the acclaimed release of ‘Songs to the North Sky’, saw his musical career took on a new gravitas and vision.
His new album ‘Return to the Fire’, due for release in October 2015, is a special edition vinyl and download only release featuring an all-star British Jazz line-up that celebrates some of the music and the musicians that have inspired Tim Garland’s career.
In May 2016, Tim will release his major new album ‘One’ on 6th May 2016 supported by a significant Arts Council of England funded tour of the UK.
“If we are to bring these influences into our music harmoniously, we must start from the same ONE, that “big bang” of beats that we, in our myriad ways, take as our cue in this dance. While we are here, briefly, our focus on our singular origin, and our interdependence, can bring a little more light into life while we live it. To focus on our separateness would be to do the opposite.” TIM GARLAND
‘Sure footed virtuosity….a dazzling standard’. THE TIMES
‘Formidable and devastatingly creative’. THE GUARDIAN
‘His level of genius is rare’. CHICK COREA
1. Sama'i For Peace 05:37
2. Bright New Year 07:05
3. The Eternal Greeting 05:59
4. Colours of Night 06:45
5. Prototype 05:48
6. The Gathering Dark 07:19
7. Pity The Poor Arms Deal 04:30
8. Foretold 04:20
9. YouKay 08:44
soprano and tenor sax and additional keyboards and percussion
ASAF SIRKIS drums and percussion
piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3 organ and keyboards
nylon string, 12 string, 8 string and semi-acoustic guitars
doholla, Egyptian tabla, karkabu (Samai For Peace, Colours Of Night and Foretold)
DIONNE BENNETT vocals (Pity The Poor Arms Dealer)
Released May 6, 2016
Recorded between summer 2015 and winter 2016:
Masterchord Studio - engineer Isa Khan
Woodworm Studio - engineer Stuart Jones
Eastcote Studio - engineer George Murphy
Mixed at Candle On The Moon Studio engineer Anis Finn
Mastered by Andrew Tulloch at The Blue Studio London
all compositions by Tim Garland (PRS/MCPS)
Produced by Tim Garland Music Ltd.
Asaf Sirkis plays Darbouka on YouKay
Bright New Year dedicated to Geoff Taggart
The Gathering Dark dedicated to Don Paterson
Prototype dedicated to Bill Bruford
Full lyrics for Pity The Poor Arms Dealer available at
Tour Dates 2016
Thursday 12th May 2016: Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
Saturday 18th June 2016: Kings Place, London
Saturday 9th July 2016: Swanage Jazz Festival
Saturday 24th July 2016: Manchester Jazz Festival
Tuesday 18th October 2016: Band On The Wall, Manchester
Wednesday 19th October 2016: London, Venue TBC
Thursday 20th October 2016: St Georges, Bristol
Friday 21st October 2016: Sage Gateshead