ECM Bio for “Natural Causes”

Lycian Tomb

It has been eight years since Steve Tibbetts gave us the fiery electric guitar album “A Man About A Horse” (ECM 1814). Now he returns with a different kind of recording: an album of, primarily, acoustic sounds. The making of “Natural Causes” took place in a period when Tibbetts was reconsidering some fundamental aspects of his art and craft – in parallel with daily studies of Bach, Bartók, and music theory.... more....

Ryko/Hannibal Bio for Å

Knut, Turid, and Friends

In 1976 I had a job in a record store in St. Paul. One of my co-workers was a guy named Morrey Nellis. He became director of intramural athletics at Macalester College where I used to go for a run every now and then. In 1990 or ’91 he gave me a tape of Hardingfele music saying, “Listen to this.” He got it from his wife who was director of the Hardingfele Society of America.... more....

ECM bio for “A Man About A Horse” pt. 1

Anton, Tibbetts, Anderson, Wise

Pt. 1:  This Album  (Pt. 2:  Electric Guitar in Madison) Wasps Two years ago I was working with a couple of friends I had hired to fix up my house. I used my friend Paul’s enormous ladder to get up to the gutters to clean them out. My job was to use the dandelion removal […]... more....

ECM bio for “A Man About A Horse” pt. 2

1967 w/ Doug Ross and Greg Wallace

1967 w/ Doug Ross and Greg Wallace Electric Guitar I started playing guitar at the age of six to get attention. My father was a union organizer in Danville, Virginia and professor of labor law at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and he also played his 12-string to get attention. His job was to […]... more....

Cuneiform Bio for re-release of “First Album”

Tim Bartoo

Steve Tibbetts / First Album In 1975 I had a sort-of girlfriend named Anne, and she had a sort-of boyfriend named Tim, and Tim and I got to be pretty good friends mostly because we admired each other. He admired the motorcycle that I kept in my 3rd floor dorm room at Macalester College and my […]... more....

ECM Bio for “The Fall of Us All”

Steve Tibbetts

THE FALL OF US ALL The Fall Of Us All is the sixth ECM recording by Steve Tibbetts; this long-awaited tour de force from theunique guitarist will be greeted with cries of delight and one question: “What took so long?” Fortunately, we have the answer to that and all other questions about Tibbetts and his […]... more....

Music and Trance in Bali

bali knife

By Steve Tibbetts Special to the Minneapolis StarTribune – May 4, 2003 Photos by Megan Yalkut Some years ago I took a group of students studying abroad to an Odalan, an annual, daylong ceremony at a temple in Bali. Only priests and villagers were allowed into the inner part of the temple, but one of […]... more....