Tim Kuhl is a drummer, composer, percussionist, producer, and band leader. Born and raised in Baltimore, MD as one of five boys in a musical household, he studied classical and jazz forms before leaving home for New York City. He has toured and recorded with a diverse range of artists in addition to having been a full time member of many NYC bands like The Izzys, Invisible Familiars, and the experimental group Little Worlds, whose Bela Bartok interpretations have garnered international critical praise.
As a composer he has released a number of self-produced jazz and experimental records culminating in 2012's St. Helena, which featured an all-star cast of New York music luminaries. He is presently touring and recording as a full member of Sean Lennon's The GOASTT.
Drive - From the album 1982
Music composed by Tim Kuhl ©
Dance by Anna Copa Cabanna
Lyrics written and performed by Geoffrey Bankowski
Guitar by Ryan Mackstaller
Directed by Lee Gingold
Additional photography by Sam Mason
Special thanks to Nathan West
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Kuhl's extensive technical ability and what is always a creative, dynamic approach to the kit, never prevent him from searching for the heart of the matter. As he says, if the emotion is there, you can do plenty with one note. This attention to detail and supreme ability to listen, to recognize a feeling in one quiet sound, help explain his interests and evolution as a composer. Ghost (2008) balanced musicians from the Baltimore scene with that of New York. King (2009) brought together two voracious guitarists with contrasting styles to great effect. Doomsayer (2011) explored the threat and genius of musical freedom. And his last album, St. Helena (2012), values deeply something subtle and even cinematic.
"Drummer-composer Tim Kuhl purveys a mix of earthy groove and spacious, subtly emotive melody." - Time Out NY
"Tim Kuhl has himself up in the mix and is an ever present force." - All About Jazz