Music, Theatre and Dance

Kris Tiner

Kris Tiner

Adjunct Faculty - Jazz Ensemble/Jazz Appreciation/Popular Music

Office Phone: 661-395-4240

Office: SAM-5



KRIS TINER is active on the West Coast as a trumpet player, composer, and improviser. His music has been described as "extraordinarily inventive" by Signal to Noise, and Cadence Magazine calls him "a really compelling voice." He has performed at concert venues and festivals throughout North America and in Europe and West Africa and he appears on over 35 recordings. His own projects have been released on the Clean Feed, pfMENTUM, Nine Winds, and Evander Music labels. In addition to numerous interdisciplinary collaborations involving dance, poetry and spoken word, visual art, film, and animation he has recorded music for radio, television, and motion picture scores and his trumpet playing has been heard on MTV and Comedy Central.

As a composer-improviser, Kris has been the recipient of awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the American Composers Forum, Chamber Music America’s French-American Jazz Exchange, the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE), and the Kennedy Center's Jazz Ahead program. His primary musical projects include the Empty Cage Quartet - a collaborative new jazz ensemble that has been hailed as "one of the most powerful and appealing jazz units currently active" (–All About Jazz), and TIN/BAG - a duo with Brooklyn guitarist Mike Baggetta that deals with a spare, ethereal, and highly exploratory music, "clearly cut from cloth that hasn't been designed yet..." (–Improvijazzation Nation). Kris is a regular member of the Industrial Jazz Group and the Los Angeles Trumpet Quartet, and he has collaborated with a broad range of creative musicians including Vinny Golia, Wadada Leo Smith, Leroy Jenkins, Donald Robinson, Gerry Hemingway, Nels Cline, Ken Filiano, Kraig Grady, Tatsuya Nakatani, Jeff Kaiser, G.E. Stinson, Joe LaBarbera, Harris Eisenstadt, Lukas Ligeti and Brad Dutz.

A California native, Kris holds an MFA in African-American Improvisational Music from California Institute of the Arts and a BA in Music from CSU Bakersfield. He has lectured on both music and visual art, and currently directs the jazz program and teaches courses in jazz and American popular music at Bakersfield College. He has given presentations at annual conferences of the International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM), the California Art Education Association (CAEA), and the Music Association of California Community Colleges (MACCC), and he performed at the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) Conference in 2007. In September of 2008 Kris will be a featured performer at the Sixth Annual Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) in New York City.