Jazz & Improvised Music

As a jazz drummer-composer, and sound artist,  TIM DuROCHE  has traversed the continuum from ragtime to no time and beyone–creating performances with Beijing Opera musicians, Russian circus clowns, silent film, spoken word, auctioneers, and with installation-performance artists. I’ve worked extensively with an array of US and European avant-garde jazz innovators, including Burton Greene, Roscoe Mitchell, Thollem McDonas, Eri Yamamoto, Dominic Duval, Matana Roberts, Paul Plimley-Lisle Ellis, Wally Shoup, Gust Burns, Bert Wilson, Urs Leimgruber, Jon Raskin,  Perry Robinson, Phillip Greenlief, Damon Smith-Scott Looney,  Jack Wright, Doug Theriault,  Marco Eneidi, Didier Petit, and Frank Gratkowski, among others. I’ve appeared as a soloist and featured performer at numerous festivals, including the Seattle Improvised Music Festival, The Big Sur Experimental Music Festival, Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, the Portland Jazz Festival, The Improvisation Summit of Portland, The Seattle International Dance Festival, San Francisco’s Edgetone New Music Summit,and the Olympia Experimental Music Festivals.

Current musical projects include:

▪ Pebble Trio (with pianist Thollem McDonas and bassist André St. James)—a cooperative free trio conjuring epochs and eras, terrains and cultures and a delivers richly nuanced improvisation. More here

▪ John Gross/Reed Wallsmith/André St. James/Tim DuRoche Expansive quartet playing original music as well as music of Henry Purcell, Putter Smith, Paul Motian, and more.

▪ Battle Hymns & Gardens (with saxophonists Reed Wallsmith and Joe Cunningham of Blue Cranes and bassist Jon Shaw)—All original, ensemble with a joyful, angular harmelodic flavor, engaging elastic sense of space and time and rich chemistry.     
“Some of the city’s most creative musicians [playing] some of the city’s most intriguing far-out jazz.”—
Willamette Week

 Kin Trio (Sunjae Lee, saxophones and bamboo flute; André St. James, bass)—Original, minimalist bop that travels the pan-galactic trajectory of Tristano, Konitz and Marsh.

 Get Smashing Love Power (Reed Wallsmith and Noah Bernstein, alto saxophones; André St. James, bass)—a project that digs into the pulse-oriented, rough-around-the-edges, free-bop continuum of mid-late-1960s Jackie McLean, Sonny Simmons, Ornette Coleman, as well as original material. Keywords: joy, momentum, deliverance
“This is an elite ensemble, a rarefied combination of intellectual heft, wild passion, deep emotion”—Oregon Music News


You can also listen to a few other musical samples here

Recent public art projects include the Regional Arts & Culture Council/Multnomah County-sponsored public art installation, “The Hidden Life of Bridges,” a temporary sound-video project that turns two of Portland’s iconic bridges into a radio and  a cinema for three nights of video projections.. The project, developed in collaboration with media artist Ed Purver,  took place in September 2011, in conjunction with PICA’s TBA Festival. Other site-based work, include a month-long public art residency in Portland’s South Waterfront neighborhood in 2007 and “O Current,” a site-specific sound installation on the East Bank Esplanade of the Willamette River in 2008.

As a composer, I’ve created a number of works for prominent NW contemporary dance artists including Tere Mathern Dance, Oslund+Co. BodyVox, Cydney Wilkes/Mike Barber, and Linda K. Johnson.