Tin Men and the Telephone (TM&T) will not stand for banality. Their shows – that challenge the gut as much as the brain - undermine the monotony and irritation of everyday life by recycling anything from the bleeping of nuisance devices, to the screeching of overzealous football commentators. Rather than relying upon the jazz standard as plaything, they find melody in the flirtations of a TV porn-star or the moos of an unwitting cow, pushing the boundaries of improvisation and the communicative power of music itself. The Tin Men trio is a dynamic affair, drawing on the harmonic depth of contemporary classical music and modern jazz as much as the visceral rhythms of hip-hop and Balkan music. TM&T provide a multimedia performance that comments on modern society and the role of modern communication, always with the tongue firmly in the cheek, sacrificing neither intelligence nor wit to make their creatively cogent point. They have performed at major festivals and venues in the Netherlands, Canada, France, Germany, Belgium, England, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon.
Appjenou?! - the new album by Tin Men and the Telephone - has been released as an application for smartphones. It is an exploration of improvised music incorporating unparalleled opportunities for interactivity. Using the graphical interface, listeners can manipulate the recorded music or navigate between different versions of the same song. In addition, Appjenou!? includes a remote control, which can be used during live performances. It allows the audience to influence the course of events, chat with the band, control each musician with light and much more. It offers a whole new way to experience music.