Role at Bellingham Music:
Music Theory & Improvisation Instructor
Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA
Guitarist and 2011 GRAMMY nominee Tim Volpicella has performed for audiences in the United States, South America, Europe and Japan. Tim’s performance career spans intimate local venues and concert halls as well as large music festivals, including Pacific Northwest favorites Ballard Jazz Festival – Guitar Summit (2016), Olympia Experimental Music Festival (2015), and Earshot Jazz Festival (2014).
Tim has appeared on over 30 studio recordings and has performed and recorded with such renowned artists as Hafez Modirzadeh, Vijay Iyer, Russell Ferrante, John Carlos Perea, Chuck Israels and Chet Baker.
In collaboration with vocalist Ann Dyer and based on Ms. Dyer’s original concept, Tim co-composed a choreographed song cycle for 70-voice choir and small ensemble. Commission by Yerba Buena Center for Arts and premiering at YCBA San Francisco in September 2013, VAK, Song of Becoming, explores ancient yogic sound philosophies to create a unique and immersive audience experience.
Tim encourages students to explore and expand their own creativity while incorporating theory and composition into each lesson. In the position as Musical Coordinator for San Jose Jazz from 1998 to 2002, he worked to bring music education to local children through the Community Youth Outreach Program. In 1987, Tim received an Outstanding Achievement Award from Sierra Nevada College for his role as instructor of Jazz Studies.
In addition to live performance and studio sessions, Tim provides sound design, music production and composition and arranging services under the name Harmonic Fox Sound Design.
Tim’s original compositions and playing can be heard on his CDs, “Paesaggio Sonori (Soundscapes)” 2016, “Many Places” and “Unspoken Words”.