I made my solo debut at the Birdland Jazz Club in NYC last week. Established in 1949, this historical venue has hosted some of the most famous jazz musicians in the world including Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, and many others. It was named after the famous alto saxophone player, Charlie “Bird” Parker, who deemed Birdland as, “the jazz corner of the world.” Below you can watch two separate performances of Girl From Ipanema by Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Manha de Carnaval by Luis Bonfa. These videos were filmed live by Tye Austin & David Rosen, and edited by Tye Austin. Please enjoy.

I have recently joined forces with Spanish ballet and flamenco dancer, Elisabet Torras for a new flamenco guitar and dance project. We’re both classically-trained artists who perform traditional and modern Spanish music. You can watch a live performance at the Watson Hotel in NYC below. We play two works, one Spanish classical, and one flamenco rumba. Please enjoy.

Alice's Tea Cup FlyerDid you know J.S. Bach had a regular coffee shop gig at Cafe Zimmerman in Leipzig, Germany? In fact, Bach premiered many original compositions at this cafe, including his famous Coffee Cantata, BWV 211. I’m excited to carry on this tradition with my own weekly residency at Alice’s Tea Cup in New York City. You can catch me performing my own compositions and many other classical guitar masterworks during high tea every Thursday afternoon from 3-5pm at Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter II location. Join the Mad Hatter’s tea table with Alice in Wonderland at New York City’s most whimsical tea house! View the full event schedule below and visit www.alicesteacup.com for more information.

MaestroMy debut studio EP album is now available for streaming at my Digital Music Store and SoundCloud. This EP was independently released on December 15, 2017 and features 20 minutes of Spanish guitar music by Francisco Tarrega, Miguel Llobet, Manuel de Falla, Anonymous, and your’s truly. Spanish guitar music inspired me to pick up the instrument for the first time when I was sixteen-years-old. After the first year of my graduate studies in guitar performance at the New England Conservatory, I traveled through Spain for the entire summer of 2015. I gained profound insight into the history of Spanish guitar music while performing in the cave dwellings and tapas bars of Andalusia, and taking flamenco lessons with native guitar masters, David Martinez and Adrian Ruis. During this solo voyage, I visited ten different Spanish cities and paid homage to the historical monuments and childhood homes of my favorite composers such as Francisco Tarrega, Manuel de Falla, Joaquin Rodrigo, Andres Segovia, and many others. I contemplated the music of my guitar heroes as I witnessed the muses that inspired their original works of genius. I remember learning Tarrega’s famous tremolo work, Recuerdos de la Alhambra, while overlooking the Alhambra Palace from my roof terrace in Granada.

You can listen to the entire EP album here and on SoundCloud for free, but please pay $5 or more if you can. Everyone who pays will receive a digital download of the EP via email. All profits will go towards recording the full-length album, which will include additional Spanish guitar works by Fernando Sor, Enrique Granados, Isaac Albeniz, and Joaquin Turina. Thanks for your generosity and support!

Check out the video recording of my latest composition, Tango Fumar for guitar and string orchestra! The guitar part was originally composed as a solo work on April 20, 2017, and the orchestral parts were composed on October 4, 2017. I collaborated with several string players from the New York Virtuosi to record the orchestral reduction (one instrument per part). The full score calls for guitar, violins 1 & 2, viola, cello, and double bass. We also recorded my chamber music arrangements of Spanish Romance, Carlos Gardel’s Tango Por Una Cabeza, and Claude Debussy’s Girl with the Flaxen Hair. You can listen to the playlist below. Contact info@tyeaustin.com if you’d like to book us at your next concert, wedding, corporate function, or luxury event.

On October 28, 2017, I organized and hosted a salon concert on the rooftop of my apartment building in the Upper West Side of New York City. The program featured chamber music I arranged for guitar and string trio (violin, viola, cello). There was approximately forty quests gathered on my terrace for great music, wine, and networking. I’d like to thank Peter Kiral at the New York Virtuosi for connecting me with marvelous string players for my concert. Check out the photo slideshow below.

Contact info@tyeaustin.com if you’d like to book me for a solo guitar and/or chamber music concert in your living room, salon, study, rooftop, etc. Chamber music groups include guitar and any combination of violin, viola, cello, double bass.

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On October 17, 2017 I was invited to perform for over three-hundred world leaders and delegates at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, NY. This performance took place during a global conference for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, hosted by ATD Fourth World. In addition to my performance of Spanish Romance (anonymous) and Fernando Sor’s Etude No. 5 in the main conference hall, I also performed my arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for voice, guitar, and choir next to a portion of the Berlin Wall in the United Nations Rose Garden. The entire community joined me during the chorus of the song. It was a magical and unforgettable experience. You can watch both performances below.

I’m honored to have joined ATD Fourth World’s global campaign to stop poverty by uniting people through music. I’d like to thank ATD Fourth World for inviting me to perform at the UN for this wonderful event. Together we can end poverty once and for all! To learn more about how to end poverty, visit atd-fourthworld.org

Click here to watch the UN Webcast

Watch both performances on Youtube below:

IMG-8728I was recently invited to perform at the Cultural Services of the US French Embassy in NYC on September 27, 2017 to celebrate the second season of Ovation TV’s popular Netflix series, Versailles, which is based on King Louis XIII, and features traditional 15th century costume and set design. I was commissioned to arrange French renaissance music for guitar quartet (violin, viola, cello, guitar). I chose to arrange the music of Josquin, Lully, Rameau, and other traditional French composers from this period, plus some arrangements of timeless modern French music such as Debussy’s Girl with the Flaxen Hair and Satie’s famous Gymnopedies.

I collaborated with string players from the New York Virtuosi to form a new guitar quartet, featuring Filip Pogady on violin, Peter Kiral on viola, and Nelly Rocha on cello. I have already composed a new work for this ensemble! I look forward to recording this work and performing more concerts together in the future.

IMG-8717I also posed with some of the cast from Versailles after the performance. This was such an incredible opportunity for my career. I’ve only been networking in NYC since July and I’m already being contacted to collaborate with important organizations and companies in the industry. Ovation TV reached out to book me within two weeks of the event after my website appeared first in a Google search. It was a demanding, yet rewarding project! Plus I now have an entire concert program of French chamber music in my repertoire. I’m so glad I was prepared to say yes when this opportunity presented itself. I look forward to working with Ovation TV again in the future.

Feel free to contact me at info@tyeaustin.com if you’d like to book me for solo and/or chamber music concerts, or to commission new music (compositions or arrangements) for any type of concert, event or occasion.

International award-winning classical guitarist and composer, Tye Austin makes his NYC debut at Rockwood Music Hall-Stage 3 with an all Latin music program, The Art of Spanish Guitar. NBC News has proclaimed, “Tye Austin can make the guitar sing it was invented only to be in his hands.” Be sure to catch this intimate concert as Tye performs his favorite repertoire. Rockwood Music Hall is located at 196 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002 and the closest subway stop is 2nd Avenue Station in East Village. You can purchase tickets for $10 at the door or by clicking this link: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1537513

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