Bio

Timothy HillIn a uniquely satisfying musical synthesis, singer/composer Timothy Hill weaves a natural purity of voice with threads of otherworldly abstract sound, blending seamlessly into a style that defies description. Having performed with such diverse artists as John Cage, Bill Frisell, Jeff Buckley, Allen Ginsberg, Odetta, Pete Seeger, Pauline Oliveros, Iva Bittova, Madan Gopal Singh, and Brooklyn Raga Massive, it is no wonder that Hill's musical explorations span the genres of folk, jazz, world music, contemporary classical and improvisation. As a member of David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir, he was a pioneer in the art of harmonic singing, prompting The New York Times critic Robert Palmer to praise Hill as "a virtuoso of the Tibetan chanting technique."

Mr. Hill has released three recordings of original songs - This Bright World, The Human Place, and Spirit's Body. He contributed to the Grammy nominated spoken word with music collection Pete Seeger: The Storm King, and appears on recordings by artists such as alt-rock chanteuse Katell Keineg, klezmer clarinetist Giora Feidman, composer/cellist Robert Een, Irish traditional singer and flautist Cathal McConnell, and interspecies improviser/author David Rothenberg. Hill performed on eight recordings by David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir, including their seminal work, Hearing Solar Winds. He leads or co-leads several ensembles performing original music, including deep world soul band Wayfarer, alt-Celt-jazz-folk group Sleeping Bee, and Weave Vocal Research Group. He has participated in premier performances under the direction of composers John Cage, Joe Maneri, Butch Morris and Carter Burwell.

Hill's wish to deepen his understanding of music brought him to the study of Indian classical music with Sheila Dhar and Pandit Vijay Kichlu, and music in the teaching of Gurdjieff with John Pentland and others. The broad scope and genre-crossing nature of his work has been deeply influenced by a unique musical friendship with pianist Keith Jarrett.

An active teacher, Hill has been a visiting lecturer at the Bard College Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program under artistic director Dawn Upshaw since its inception in 2006.

Read a profile of Timothy Hill in Pasatiempo Magazine