One half new music ensemble, one half avant-pop band, TIGUE delivers rhythmic hooks and patterned drones through process and improvisation. Uniting homegrown ethos and conservatory precision, 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. Acclaimed as “one of the premier young percussion-based groups in Brooklyn right now.” (Dayton City Paper) the percussion-charged trio will release their debut full-length album, “Peaks”, this fall alongside collaborative performance projects with Adrian Knight and Man Forever. Formed in 2012, following their concurrent studies at both the Eastman School of Music and the Ohio State University, TIGUE has crystalized out of, and in spite of, the eclectic contemporary, pop, and avant-garde influences inherent in their DNA.
TIGUE has been featured in festivals around the country including the International Beethoven Festival (Chicago), the Color Field Festival (Madison), the Frieze Festival (NYC) and the New Music Bake Sale (Brooklyn). They perform frequently in New York City, including performances at The Kitchen, Le Poisson Rouge, the Knitting Factory, and Roulette. They have been guests on a number of local music series including Vicky’ Chow’s Contagious Sounds, guest concerto soloists with Contemporaneous on P.S. 142’s Neighborhood Classics, and So Percussion’s Brooklyn Bound. TIGUE often works with young composers including a 2013 residency position at Dartmouth College working with graduate students on new pieces for percussion trio. To put it simply, TIGUE is dedicated to the proliferation of the percussive arts through outreach, education and the creation of new work.
In 2014, TIGUE collaborated extensively with John Colpitts (Kid Millions), Thrill Jockey Records artist and drummer of Brooklyn psychedelic rock band, Oneida. In support of his latest album, Ryonen (recorded with So Percussion) TIGUE joined Colpitts as Man Forever, embarking on a U.S. tour that included over 40 shows around the country. In 2015, Colpitts and TIGUE will again join forces in the creation of a new album of music for percussion and voice, supported generously by New Music USA.
TIGUE continues to perform newly composed works and has premiered over 10 new works for percussion trio since their formation. Having commissioned the Sleeping Giant composer Robert Honstein in 2012, the trio looks forward to releasing the definitive recording of his 30-minute work An Index of Possibility in 2015. The 2015/16 season will include a new evening-length collaborative work with composer/performer Adrian Knight at the 2015 Avant Media – Tangents series and new original work by the groups three members.
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 a general understanding of the communicative nature of music through West African musical traditions and hand drumming all culminating in performances for the Rikers population.
TIGUE proudly endorses Vic Firth sticks and mallets and sometimes wears sweat t-shirts.