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Tobin Mueller

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Born: December 3, 1955    Primary Instrument: Piano

Composer, musician, playwright, Tobin has been involved in collaborations across the artistic spectrum. His latest recording, RAIN BATHER, is a jazz tour de force, a new spin on 21st Century Big Band meets organ/piano combo. His musical journey has taken him from progressive rock (Audiocracy) to musical theatre (Creature) to new age solo piano (Morning Whispers) to progressive folk (A Bit Of Light). He's been involved in several artistic multi-genre collaborations involving the Internet and founded the ArtsForge Collaborative Artist Community. He's won awards for music, web design and environmental commitment (UNEP Roll of Honor)...
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“RAIN BATHER is yet another demonstration of Tobin Mueller’s multi-faceted artistry. For a vibrant musical experience overflowing with life and attitude, check it out!” - Kathy Parson, MainlyPiano.com

“AUDIOCRACY: a post-political concept album of epic proportions. 13 1/2 stars out of 16” - Progression Magazine (Eric Harabadian)

“REVOLUTION'S SON comes across as a symphonic whirlwind of passion and sensations following a young man’s post-apocalyptic journey. With their tight, gorgeous arrangements, the songs used every hertz of my sound system with organ, mellotron, heavy bass and percussion.... My car was swaying back and forth as I attempted to keep my mind on the road while being caught up in song’s emotional rollercoasters... I predict you will return to this album time and time again, gaining new insights and following along as I did to its emotional highs and lows.” - Progressive Ears (Brian G)

“AUDIOCRACY: Excellent Jazz Progressive Rock.” Progressive Era (Denis Longo)

“13 MASKS: A Conceptual Work of Art! This is Tobin Mueller’s follow-up to his 2005 release, 'Morning Whispers.' Full of musical surprises, Mueller interweaves jazz, 20th century classical, 'post-New Age solo piano,' and what Mueller calls 'progressive ragtime,' and blends them through the 'chaos of his subconsciousness.' Mueller’s stories, told through the medium of solo piano, are often whimsical and funny, but this is no lightweight piece of entertainment. The music is complex and often challenging, but is not so esoteric to be intimidating. I found it fascinating the first time through, and enjoy it more each time I hear it. ...An amazing album, a unique album with music to really sink your teeth into.” - Kathy Parson, MainlyPiano.com

“MORNING WHIPSERS is the result of a special commission to create a cycle of songs for solo piano dedicated to healing and joyful passion. Tobin Mueller brings to his music a wide variety of experiences as an award-winning playwright, author, composer of children’s music, photographer, and collaborator on cross-genre projects, as well as his work on global environmental issues. He has released several CDs, but this is his first solo piano CD and his debut with SiMig Media Records, a label that promotes independent artists who do most of their recording in their home studios.” - Kathy Parson, MainlyPiano.com

As a Leader

Rain Bather
ArtsForge
2009
Tracks: I Wanna Fly; Cliff's Edge; Must Go Back; Lightning Strikes; Caught In The Current; Windowshade; Secret Of Life; Seven Buttons On A Nehru Jacket; Waltzing Night Into Day; Acid Hopping; Finding No Path; River Runs Through Me; Last Song On Vaudevill
Personnel: Tobin Mueller: B3 organ; Chris Mueller: piano; Woody Mankowski: soprano sax; Bill Barner: clarinet; Jeff COx: bass; Dane Richeson: drums/percussion; Ken Schaphorst: flugelhorn; Bob Levy: trumpet: Carl Fischer: trumpet; Sal Giogianni: flute; Tom Washatka: tenor sax; Doug Schneider: tenor sax


AUDIOCRACY: Revolution's Son
The Lost Records
2008
Tracks: Revolution's Son; Puzzle City; Escape Into The Fray Zone; Speak Truth To Power; Gethsemane Again; When The Future Comes; Dare To Sing
Personnel: Tobin Mueller: organ, synth, piano, vocals; Twon: vocals, bass; Bob Piper: guitars; Darren Chapmen: guitars; Tadashi Togawa: guitars; Rob Thruman: drums


A Bit Of Light
The Lost Records
2007
Tracks: Be My Love; I Have Dreamed; Bring On The Storm; Crazy Story; The Waitress; Icarus; Door In My Heart; Hold On; Can't Complain; Let Me Play; My Heart Still Beats; When You Left; Final Words
Personnel: Tobin Mueller-piano, B3 organ, vocals; Entcho Todorov- violin; Donny McCaslin-soprano and tenor saxes; Bill Barner-clarinet and tenor sax; Thor Oliverson-bass/guitar; John Luper-electric guitars; Woody Mankowski- soprano sax; Twon-backing vocals; Martyn KemberSmith-fiddle


Solo Piano

Morning Whispers
SiMig Media
2005
Tracks: Morning Whispers; Just Above The Ground; Between Breaths; Eruption Of Previous Life; Waltzing Night Into Day; Cut Flowers; I Sail On (version 1); Emerald Path; A Lifetime Ago; Under A Western Sky
Personnel: Tobin Mueller: piano.


13 Masks
SiMig Media
2006
Tracks: You Make My Heart Skip A Beat; Gumshoe Wears A Rag; Shadow Of Success; Memories Of Elegance; Stillness Of Wings; Chaos Of The Subconscious; Two Peas In A Chili Pod; A Monk Caught In A Thelonious Sphere; Chromatisome Swing; Hold Breath With Ophelia; Let Me Play WIth Those Horns, Amalthea; I Sail On (version 2); The Last Mask Falls Away
Personnel: Tobin Mueller: piano.

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