Jazz In the Bay

Curated calendar of the best jazz shows in SF Bay Area

A curated calendar of the best jazz shows in SF Bay Area

Tony Tixier

Tony Tixier was born in 1986 in Montreuil, France. At the young age of 6, he started studying classical piano at the conservatory. One year later, he made his first stage appearance. He studied choral, classical harmony and counterpoint, as well as writing and composition. He graduated Honors DFE in Musical Training (12 years) and DFE in Classical Piano with Pascal Gallet (14 years).

In 2009, Tony produced his first album, Parallel Worlds, which consisted of a septet with bold orchestral writing that defines itself as a laboratory of sounds and climates, perfectly illustrating his clear interest in orchestration and musical research. In 2012, he released the album “Dream Pursuit” with his American quartet featuring Justin Brown, Logan Richardson and Burniss Earl Travis. The album Dream Pursuit, is labeled “A revelation” by Jazz Magazine.

In 2012 Tony opened for Herbie Hancock at the Jazz En Tete Festival in Clermont-Ferrand with his twin brother violinist Scott Tixier. In 2013, he founded the chamber ensemble MooN Paradox for which he composed a Concertino for piano and string quintet in seven movements, mixing classical writing with jazz and contemporary music. In addition, he led intense concert activities in France and abroad. In 2014, recommended by Jason Moran, Tony Tixier and Scott Tixier starred in commissioned work by the Artist Janet Cardiff. They improvised and composed the music for this project that was part of the inaugural program for the Foundation Louis Vuitton Paris (Architect: Frank Gehry). Tony has also collaborated with leading jazz figures including Seamus Blake, Christian Scott, and Justin Brown.

Tony's latest album, Life of Sensitive Creatures, is deeply personal, chronicling Tixier’s reflection of our role on the planet, spurred by the passing of his grandmother. The album has a complex emotional tenor, containing both optimism and pessimism. With a trio rounded out by Karl McComas Reichl (double bass) and Tommy Crane (drums), Tixier leads a group that moves through the material with intention and confidence. “It’s a songbook of emotions, put to music,” says Tixier in the liner notes. “We’re making art—a moving painting—and I’m proud of that.” 

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