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Tim Crofts is Artistic Associate and Outreach Coordinator at suddenlyLISTEN, and he is a true 21st Century pianist. He has performed in many settings including Pop, Hip Hop, Jazz, Folk, World, Classical, R&B and Electronica. However, Crofts main focus remains improvisation & new music. Combining elements of 20th century classical music with free jazz improvisation and world music aesthetics, Crofts also performs in electronic settings utilizing a variety of samplers, synthesizers and keyboards to create an even more extended palette of sounds and textures. All these stylistic elements are blended through free improvisation, and the pursuit of the sound of the moment.
Tim received his Bachelor of Music in Composition from Dalhousie University in Halifax, and a Masters of Music in Contemporary Improvisation from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. During his time at NEC, Tim studied with Hankus Netsky, Bob Moses, and Joe Maneri.
In Halifax, Tim has been active in both the performance and teaching of improvised music. He has been presented regularly by suddenlyLISTEN in concerts and on tour, with the Crofts/Adams/Pearse Trio. He has performed regularly with the Upstream Orchestra and in other concerts with such creative music luminaries as Jerry Granelli, Gerry Hemingway, Graham Collier, Evan Parker, Sam Shalabi and Dave Douglas. In 2015 Tim released two recordings: his solo CD 8 Ball and Doorknob, and Literal Lateral with the Crofts/Adams/Pearse Trio and percussionist Gerry Hemingway. In 2016 he released Collateral with Adams and Shalabi and Arrhythmia, a collaboration with local spoken word artist hermitofthewoods.
As an educator, Crofts has been active in the community in a wide variety of settings. He has taught privately since 2004. He has co-directed the suddenlyLISTEN improvisation workshop with Norman Adams since 2006. Tim is a full-time instructor at the Halifax Jazz Festival's Creative Music Workshop directed by Jerry Granelli since 2010. He co-founded the Creative Music Lab as part of the 1313 Music Association. Tim is also a part-time faculty member in the Fountain School of Performing Arts, where he has taught History of Jazz, 20th Century music, Popular music, and Baroque Counterpoint.
Currently, Crofts is committed to teaching improvisational practices and philosophies in as wide a context as possible. Improvising is a wonderful practice for self realization and self discovery, and therefore extremely useful in creating dialogue around issues of diversity and socio economics. Improvising is power.