Cross-Cultural Collisions, Reinventions & Fertilizations
Michael Sidney Timpson composer
Chinese Silk and Bamboo Ensemble, Chai Found Music Workshop Chen-Ming Huang erhu (Chinese fiddle) and director; Chung-Hsien Wu dizi/xiao (Chinese bamboo flute); Shu-Fen Lee yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer); Hui-Kuan Lin pipa (Chinese lute); Yen-Ping Liang daruan (Chinese bass guitar); I-Hsien Lin zheng (Chinese zither); Theresa D’Aiuto Andrasy voice; Kim McCormick flute; Sang-Hie Lee piano; The University of South Florida Percussion Ensemble | Robert McCormick conductor; Ryan Wilson glockenspiel; Alex Delgado crotales; Ian Kerr vibraphone; Alex Huffstutler chimes; Nick Souder xylophone; Emory Blake marimba; Tamara Persad almglocken; Beran Harp gongs; Additional vocal support: Wil Pertz, Rhodell T. Fields, Tom Kersey, Chris Ferguson, “Shades” Timpson; Richard Scruggs soprano saxophone; Haiqiong Deng zheng; Ann Satterfield bass clarinet; Shu-Feng Lee yangqin; The China National Film Symphony Orchestra | Tao Fan director
This album features works by composer Michael Sidney Timpson that combine three different “spheres of influence:” European avant-garde, American jazz and pop, and various Asian musical traditions. These spheres “collide” with inventive friction, often fuse to “reinvent” convention, and merge to “fertilize” the mind with inspirational seeds for further hybrid creativity.
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Michael Sidney Timpson
Michael Sidney Timpson's musical beginnings were borne out of playing baritone saxophone and "electric" bass clarinet with a strong interest in American improvisational forms, especially Free Jazz and Fusion; this would later evolve into incorporations American popular genres, such as Funk, Hip-Hop, and Alternative Techno. A child of the multicultural era in Northern California, he was intrigued with East and Southeast Asian traditional musics, these seeds that would eventually bear a lasting impact on his musical style. With his research on Chinese instruments, he has also become an improviser on various Asian woodwinds.
Kim McCormick is on the artist faculty of the University of South Florida and a member of the Opera Tampa Orchestra, the Florida Wind Band, and the McCormick Duo for flute and percussion. As an advocate for new music, she has commissioned and premiered numerous new works for flute. Her recordings on the Honeyrock and Capstone labels have received high critical acclaim in some of the leading audiophile journals. She has performed extensively in the United States and has also recently given concerts in Ecuador, Canada, France, China and South Korea. She is Past President of the Florida Flute Association and holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas.
Robert McCormick is currently Professor of Music at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He served as principal percussionist/assistant timpanist with the Florida Orchestra for 20 seasons. He is a former member of the Harry Partch Ensemble and often performs and records with high profile artists of all genres. In 2010, he conducted the premiere performance of Chan Hae Lee’s Korean folk opera Simcheongga at the National Center of Performing Arts in Seoul. In March 2014 McCormick performed the world premiere of Baljinder Sekhon’s Double Percussion Concerto at Carnegie Hall with percussionist Lee Hinkle. McCormick was the 2006 recipient of the Florida Music Educator of the Year Award; the 2007 Grand Prize in the Keystone Percussion Composition Award; the 2010 University Distinguished Teacher Award; and the 2015 Percussive Arts Society Lifetime Achievement in Education Award. He has also received several Global Music Awards for his albums, many of which are published on the Ravello Records label and distributed by Naxos. McCormick proudly endorses Encore Mallets, Grover Pro Percussion, and Zildjian Cymbals.