T I G U E
One half new music ensemble, one half art-rock band, TIGUE unites homegrown ethos and conservatory precision. Praised for their energetic and focused performances, the Ohio-born, Brooklyn-based members (Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody) have worked together extensively on original and composed music for nearly half a decade. Formed in 2012, following their concurrent studies at both the Eastman School of Music and the Ohio State University, TIGUE crystallized out of, and in spite of, the eclectic contemporary, pop, and avant-garde influences inherent in their DNA.
TIGUE approaches the role of a performing ensemble with a unique fluidity – collaborating through multi-disciplinary work, commissioning and performing works by living composers, and simultaneously generating material of their own. In 2012, TIGUE began their efforts by leading the commission of Sleeping Giant composer Robert Honstein's ambitious percussion trio "An Index of Possibility.” In the fall of 2014 TIGUE worked closely with Ohio/NYC based sculpture artist Michael Mercil developing an evening length performance piece “Thoreau’s Desk: Some Assembly Required" for the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum's "Walden, revisited" exhibition opening. The work is part music performance and part live sculpture creation including an abundant use of power tools and the recitation of selections from John Cage’s text on Henry Thoreau. This past fall 2015, TIGUE teamed up with the conceptual percussion project of Kid Millions “Man Forever” to create and record a series of all-percussion pieces loosely based on the music of Moondog. The recording was partially funded by a New Music USA Project Grant and a selection of pieces were premiered as part of the 2016 Ecstatic Music Festival. Alongside collaborative efforts, the members of TIGUE have shaped a personalized compositional language that infuses traditional song forms and pop idioms with compositional complexity and improvisation. Their debut album “Peaks” was released with New Amsterdam Records in 2015 and praised as “an imaginative, distinctive, hypnotic yet kinetic blend of indie classical, minimalism, post-rock and drone music” (New York Music Daily).
The members of TIGUE are also dedicated to outreach and community projects. In collaboration with Make Music New York, the trio has led two 10-week music education programs with inmates at New York City’s Rikers Island Correctional Facility, featured in both the New York Times and Rolling Stone Magazine. Working with inmates in both men’s and women’s facilitates, the trio shared the communicative nature of music through West African musical traditions and hand drumming culminating with inmate performances for the Rikers population. TIGUE has also presented workshops and masterclasses for individuals of all ages.
TIGUE is actively performing around the country with recent season highlights including appearances at the Ecstatic Music Festival, Constellation Chicago, the Noguchi Museum, the Greene Space at WNYC, the International Beethoven Festival, the Color Field Festival, the Frieze Festival, Roulette, Dartmouth College, The Ohio State University, The Kitchen, the Short North Stage, Le Poisson Rouge, and National Sawdust. When using sticks and mallets, TIGUE proudly endorses Vic Firth.