Musician Tim Fite is a complete artist. His visual work has been exhibited at galleries in NYC, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Puerto Rico. Having gained a renowned following in the spheres of music, illustration, printmaking and live performance, Fite is now exploring the world of orchestral composition with his debut string quartet piece entitled "Copy_Cat."
On May 2nd, Fite will perform this original 12 minute string quartet piece with the Brooklyn Phil Chamber Players as part of the Brooklyn Philharmonic's prestigious Outside-In composer program. The program pairs non-orchestral composers from diverse musical backgrounds with resident composer- Randall Woolf and artistic director Alan Pierson to write an original string quartet built on the distinctive musical style and of each fellow. The piece is then performed by the Brooklyn Phil Chamber Players.
As Fite explains, "Copy_Cat is my first ever, real deal, written on paper, musical composition. In it, I am trying my hand at rotating self-similar forms, tampering with call and response, and cracking a narrative egg on the edges of repetition and interruption. I had a lot of fun teaming up the string quartet with all the booms and jingles of my sample arsenal - almost as if I was trying to get the traditional instruments to "copy cat" the less traditional ones. During the performance, I am looking forward to adding voices into the mix - both my own and those in the audience. There will be some call and response chanting, singing, and meowing! Thank you to the Brooklyn Phil for giving me the chance to do this, and to Randal Woolf for being such a generous and talented mentor."
To watch a video about this unique program, go to: http://vimeo.com/39667003
Fite's latest Anti Records release Ain't Ain't Ain't was described by Paste Magazine as "an album about accepting your past, your mistakes, your place in the world, about relating to the common experiences of one's fellow human beings, even when it may seem impossible."
Fite's musical catalog has addressed a wide array of subjects including: love, death, injustice, poverty, greed, dirt, rats, heaven, hell, freedom, shopping, shooting, mistakes, police and teenagers. These themes have been imaginatively visualized in Fite's multi-media stage-show; a darkly whimsical affair that deftly merges music, illustration, video, and light carpentry. In the past Fite has shared stages with the likes of Man-Man, Les Claypool, Azure Ray, Porter Wagoner, St. Vincent, Fleet Foxes and others.
While previous works addressed adult issues with a youthful exuberance, in many ways, his new album Ain't Ain't Ain't is their thematic opposite. The central focus of the record is the pain, hope and unbridled passion of one's teenage years. Unlike previous works which were created using a collage of samples, on Ain't Ain't Ain't the Fite played and recorded instruments in the studio. The leaner sound reveals him to be a classic songwriter of startling ability.
To watch a revealing short documentary on Tim Fite, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jifnc93r5s4
Acclaim For Tim Fite's New Album:
"Growing up is full of its own ups and downs, something which Tim Fite's Ain't Ain't Ain't portrays quite well. Take a listen to enjoy a journey through youth." - The Aquarian
"It's fitting that Fite's been doing a lot of soul-searching since Ain't Ain't Ain't is an album about exactly that. It's an album about accepting your past, your mistakes, your place in the world, about relating to the common experiences of one's fellow human beings, even when it may seem impossible...Ain't Ain't Ain't isn't just Fite's most lyrically universal album - it's also his most musically expansive." - Paste Magazine
"At the heart of the album is "We Are All Teenagers", invoking milestones that we may be nostalgic for or, in some cases, glad to be rid of: prom, being late for school, puppy love. But the inescapable groundwork for who we are is laid out during these nascent years, whether we like it or not, and Fite has managed to harness this youthful chaos into a mature and accomplished album." - Consequence of Sound
Tim Fite Tour Dates:
Apr. 11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
Apr. 13 - Washington, D.C. - U Street Music Hall
Apr. 14 - Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar
Apr. 17 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
May 02 - Brooklyn, NY - Galapagos Art Space with the Brooklyn Philharmonic
May 25 - Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Lanes with O'Death
May 26 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwells with O'Death