Tye Austin Performs at Birdland Jazz Club

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.

Flamenco Guitar & Dance Duo

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.

High Tea at Alice’s Tea Cup

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 for more information.

Debut Album Release – Andalusia: Spanish Guitar Music

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!

Tye Austin’s New Composition: Tango Fumar

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 if you’d like to book us at your next concert, wedding, corporate function, or luxury event.

Tye Austin’s Rooftop Salon Concert in NYC

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 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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