John Tinger - Classical / Spanish Guitarist | Athens, Alabama(no reviews)
Based In: Athens, Alabama
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I'm a contemporary jazz guitarist/composer, with a strong influence from the ECM (Pat Metheny, Ralph Towner, ) and Windham Hill artists (Alex Degrassi, Will Ackerman). I play mostly original compositions, with few arrangements on popular themes, such as Somewhere Over The Rainbow and Fields Of Gold (Sting). My music has an ambient quality to it, taking the listener to a place far from the stress of the world! I'm also very proficient in improvisation and can create music on the fly!!!
"To me, the beauty of John Tinger's music lies in its visual depth, the wisdom of its texture. Each piece ... is a world in its own right, evoking wide open spaces, enchanted gardens, eternal waters, from which emerges the brilliant, urging voice of a seasoned storyteller. John has become an inspiration to my work as a filmmaker."
— Chris Silber German/American screenwriter
“The music of John Tinger combines textural beauty with a strong melodic sense to create something entirely new & fresh.” — Ken Watters / Jazz Trumpeter / Summit Recording Artist, reverb nation
“John is a spectacular guitarist and visionary writer. His music is deeply introspective and reflects the soul of a true artist.” — Peter Primamore Managing Partner, Organic Music Library, http://www.organicmusiclibrary.com
Some of life's most powerful interests and avenues of expression begin at an early age. In my case, the desire to play the guitar started at the tender age of eight. A neighbor first exposed me to the wonders of this marvelous instrument, and watching her play immediately sparked my interest. At that point in life, I was hooked and knew that music would play a major role in later years.
It took little convincing to persuade my parents to purchase a guitar so that I could begin learning the art. The first one I held was a modestly priced instrument, red, white and blue, of questionable quali ... ty, but certainly adequate at that stage of my musical development.
Looking back on that time, I now realize that many youngsters have not been as fortunate as I. Children have an innate need for expression, but frequently they are not afforded the opportunity for a variety of reasons. In my case, I was provided with an avenue of expression - music - and that has led to enormous fulfillment and personal satisfaction.
Essential to my development as a musician was formal instruction, which began shortly after I was introduced to the guitar. With tremendous motivation and dedication, even at that young age, I made rapid progress in my studies. By the time I had reached early adulthood, my talents were such that I was able to enter into collaboration with like-minded musicians, eventually leading to the creation of a band focusing on cutting-edge experimental rock and heavy metal.
After many well received live engagements and promising recording sessions, my disillusionment with the commercial music scene began to grow. This eventually led to my putting aside my beloved instrument, a hiatus lasting some nine years.
During that time, I grew personally, explored other methods of artistic expression, and put my music career in perspective. I began to realize just how important music was to me. It was becoming more apparent with each passing year that the genuine expression of my musical soul might best be articulated in acoustic styles rather than the more provocative and energetic electric medium I had confined myself to in earlier years. Fingerstyle artists such as Alex Degrassi (with whom I have studied) and Michael Hedges spoke to me in ways that other guitar virtuosos had not. It was their commanding influence that brought me back to music, this time focusing on the acoustic medium exclusively.
By 2005, I was once again dedicated to music with a passion I had never before experienced. It was as if a higher power were guiding me to a deeper, more spiritual involvement with this medium. The result is a satisfaction and fulfillment unmatched in my younger days.
In addition to the personal gratification I have gleaned from my music pursuits, I hope that, in some way, I can reach and inspire others to similar interest and expression. Ultimately, arousing and nurturing such interest in others is undeniably even more fulfilling. This would explain my compelling desire to instruct others willing to study music and the guitar, a pursuit that has harnessed my wholehearted commitment.
• VIP reception for the Southern Wildlife Art Show at Calhoun College (2007)
• 16 Main Gallery, Madison, AL (January 2011 solo guitar concert)
• Madison Gazebo Concerts in the Park (July 2011)
• Soca Galleria, Bridge Street (private solo concert, April 2011)
• Fayetteville Public Library (Gala Fundraiser, August 2011)
• Keg Springs Winery (Hampshire, Tennessee 2007)
• Athens Art on the Square (2007)
• 16 Main Gallery, Madison (November 2011)
• Wedding receptions
• Song Writers for Survivors (Fundraiser for Tornado Relief, June 2011)
• 801 ... Franklin (March 2010)
• Jim Parker’s Songwriter Series (June 18th, 2012)
• Calhoun Community College Guitar Festival (May 5th, 2013)
• Princess Theater ,Decatur Al. Jan. 2013
• Song Writers for Survivors fundraiser at Flobama in Florence, Al. May, 2012
• Ted X Huntsville, Huntsville Al. Sept. 15th, 2013
• 360 Burger , Nashville Tn. Jan. 2014
• Red Caboose, Elkmont Al. April 2014
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