|"White's musical performances have left his audiences with a lasting appreciation|
|for the beauty and depth of classical Indian music. His joyful creativity and|
|commitment to his art is apparent in every brilliant performance."|
|India Currents Magazine, July 1997|
In 1996 he was honored with a performance of recent works at the annual High Tides Festival at Intersection for the Arts.
White (with composers Loren Rush and Janis Mattox), is a founding member of the just intonation Good Sound Quartet and Good Sound Band. The Good Sound Band's recent collaboration with Terry Riley can be heard on the latest recording of "in C", (New Albion records). Good Sound Band photos
Music for Video and film include the animation feature The Golden Antelope for national television and award winning video Book of Shadows. Book of Shadows photos
Since 1975 Tim White has studied sitar with Ali Akbar Khan and is currently an instructor at the Ali Akbar College of Music, where he received the Vadya Alankar degree in 1978. He is currently a member of the Ali Akbar College Orchestra. AACM orch. photo
As a solo sitarist, White has performed in India, Europe Canada and the U.S., and has accompanied classical dancers of India, Chitresh Das (Stern Grove), Mytili Kumar (SJCPA), Vijay Shankar (AACM series), Anuradha Nag (Cowell Theater /Asian Arts Festival), Anjani Ambegaokar (Cerritos Center for the Perf. Arts, L.A.), Laurie Eisler (Ethnic Dance Festival), Sandhya Desai (Open Secrets, San Rafael).
White composed in Indian classical style for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival's 1995 version of As You Like It.
Tim White continues to explore sitar in a wide variety of non-traditonal contexts. To help composers understand and write for the sitar he has written a short article in the style of an orchestration manual. Sitar Orchestration Manual
Part of that exploration has included electronic music for which he developed the Extended Sitar Performance system (ESP). The ESP uses the sitar as a controller for an interactive electronic music system. ESP system
His album Morning Song, Evening Song, a collaboration with guitarist Jack Gates and mridangam player Rusty Gillette, has be re-released on CD, with new material from the original recording sessions.
White plays several instruments which include the sitar, flutes, saxophone, guitar, percussion, piano, accordion, synthesizers, and computer controlled music systems.
As a composer and musician White is able to combine both western and eastern music styles, jazz elements, Indian music and complex rhythms from around the world.
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White has lectured at universities, colleges and schools in the U.S. and Europe. In 1996, as part of a program funded by the Buck Foundation to bring North Indian Classical music to the schools, he toured Bay Area schools giving a series of lecture demonstrations and workshops that culminated in student performances.
For several years White has been developing and teaching a method of rhythm education from a world perspective, its basis being a universal grammar of rhythm applicable to music regardless of culture. He has been working on a book of this method that he hopes to complete soon.
Teachers include: Indian Music: Ali Akbar Khan, Pandit Jasraj, Krishna Bhatt, Vilayat Khan, Zakir Hussain, Gnan Prakash Ghosh; jazz guitar: Jack Eskridge; Composition & Arranging: Alden Jenks (S.F. Conservatory), Elvo Damante & Ed Kelly (Laney College, Oakland), Pauline Oliveros (composer, performer), Loren Rush (composer, performer), Alvin Curran, Christian Wolfe, Fred Frith, as well as Workshops/Classes in Brazilian percussion, Balanese Gamelon, African & Cuban drumming.