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Interview with Timba Harris


Interview with Timba Harris    

Timba Harris is a violinist, composer and multi-instrumentalist most known for his work with Mr. Bungle, Estradasphere, The Secret Chiefs 3, and Probosci.

ES:  What’s the latest ? 

Timba:  I just got back from California.  I had had a few shows with Gyan Riley. 

ES:  How did you meet up with him? 

Timba:  I meet him through other musician friends, several years ago.

ES:  How is practicing going? 

Timba:  I go through periods of time where I am composing a lot.  If I have lots of performances on the horizon, then I switch over to practice mode.

ES:  What do you do when you are not making music?

Timba:   When I’m not making music, I run a pop up restaurant.  I host it a couple of times a month.  I buy all the food at a farmers’ market and then cook it at a restaurant on their day off.

ES:   What’s your next project?

Timba:  I’m going to record an album with Gyan Riley this fall. I hope to record another album of original compositions as well.  Recently, I’m interested in music based on animal movements.  I’m also interested in incorporating structured improvisation.

ES:  What will you do after that?

Timba:  I’m playing a gig in Germany with the Dusseldorf Ballet.  We’re playing four of Gyan’s pieces.  There will be a pit orchestra, but Gyan and I will be on stage in costume.  Gyan and I are also going to play some shows around Scandinavia with Probosci at that time. 

ES: Do you have a favorite living composer?

Timba:  I have a lot of friends and colleagues whose music I admire.  Eyvind Kang, the violist, writes some amazing music. 

ES:  How is your emotional wellbeing?

Timba:  Great.  Everything is intact.  I have a pretty fulfilling life.

ES:  I really love your playing with the Secret Chefs 3.  It seems like they have some Middle Eastern influences.

Timba:  That music is mostly composed by one person.  The founder is interested in the symbolic, geometrical systems, and philosophy of that part of the world.  The leader of Secret Chefs 3 uses these concepts to create new tonalities and musical systems.   Hence, the Middle Eastern feel.

ES:  Do you subscribe to any spiritual dogma or creed ?

Timba:  Rather than deciding for myself how the universe is and trying to fit everything into that one idea, I just live in it and observe it, and try to understand the underlying forces that rule it.

ES:  Timba, Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today.  I greatly look forward to the next time we have a chance to talk. 

Timba:  Right on!

 


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