I am a professional musician, composer, playwright and director. I've led a charmed life. I'm married to fellow MJer Suzanne
and MJer Twonicus
is my son, who currently sings and writes for rock bands in the NYC, D.C. and Cleveland areas. My second son, Will, received his doctorate in RNA research at UC-Irvine and currently resides in Heidelberg, Germany with his new wife (also a cutting edge biologist); he also plays drums, hand percussion and mandolin. My third son, Woody, graduated from law school at USC and practices law in L.A.; he also sings, plays tenor sax and lacrosse. My daughter, Sarah, graduated as an English major from Macalester College and lives in Minneapolis where she fights for LGTB rights and health as a sex therapist; she also plays clarinet & sings. See my Spotlight Interview - Tobin Mueller: Talking With Myself
for a description of my career and my involvement with the building and nurturing of the MacJams' website. Also, here is a more recent interview for Fanfare Magazine
My latest solo piano album, "FLOW: The Music of J.S. Bach and Tobin Mueller
" (a 2-CD box set where I adapt and arrange my favorite Bach on Disc 1, then play a series of original variations on my own compositions, in the spirit of The Goldberg Variations, on Disc 2), has been added to Fanfare Magazine's "Not-to-be-missed 2015 Want List"
, favorite 2015 albums chosen by it's in-house music critics. I'm honored and excited about that!
You can link to most of my online activities and projects via Tobin Mueller's Official Website
. Also see my available recordings on CDBaby
. Also, my wife has put up a musician's page for me on Facebook, if you do social media: Tobin Mueller on Facebook
I released a Funk-Jazz collaboration featuring Ron Carter in 2014, Come In Funky
, with tracks I'd been waiting to share for a very long time. I'm excited the music is finally out there. Ron is a legend. I love collaborations and participated in dozens of them here at MacJams.
I also love to rearrange music, as well as compose. My holiday solo piano album is a re-imaging of classic Christmas carols, Midwinter Born
, which received airplay across the nation last holiday season. As an outgrowth of that project, I ended up doing a re-imaging of Impressionist piano pieces in Impressions of Water & Light
. And then carried this idea of rearranging classical masterpieces into my next project, FLOW: The Music of J.S. Bach & Tobin Mueller
. Two other releases featured me singing and playing piano, taking on the American Songbook, Hard Place To Find
and Song of Myself
I also have a very joyous jazz collaboration CD with my favorite saxophonist, Woody Mankowski: The Muller's Wheel
. I posted drafts of early mixes from many of my CDs here and thank everyone at Macjams for their important input. Even further back, my jazz ensemble recorded Rain Bather
which won Best Album of 2009 on JazzChicago.net
. It is available from CDBaby
. My progressive rock band Audiocracy
's CD is on CDBaby too, Revolution's Son
, and has received wonderful reviews
, especially from Progression Magazine
and overseas publications. I also have a multi-genre solo album (on which I sing) that includes many guest artists from MacJams, A Bit Of Light
. My first two solo piano CDs (on which I don't sing) can be purchased at Simig Media
with all proceeds going to MacJams (a charity endeavor to help pay for administrative costs on this site). These two albums are also available on CDBaby: Morning Whispers
and 13 Masks
. Draft tracks from all these projects are posted on Macjams, in various stages of development/mix/mastering.
In addition to music, I also design websites. Examples of my web work include Privateer Lithograph Prints
, Bayberry Building
, Paper Discover Center
, and TobinMueller.com
. More recently, I've begun selling my photography
to hotels in Europe and have begun doing portraits
(employing extreme close ups and inventive collages).
I'm the founder of the artists' collaborative site, ArtsForge.com
, a Dramatist Guild member (NYC), member of ASCAP, composer, dramatist, stage director, author and poet. I've been writing music since I was 15 years old and have been using Macs since they were invented. In addition to Garageband, I regularly use Logic Pro , Digital Performer, Ableton's Live, and Bias' Peak to master (along with Waves plugins); a Roland A-90 controller, a MOTU 2408 and PreSonus Firebox for audio input, a MOTU 128 for MIDI input, and I have a stack of sound modules and other dinosaur gear... and GB has given me the incentive to dust them all off, including: Proteus I & II, Wavestation, U220, JV 1080, Vintage keys, Morpheus, Fender Rhodes and B3 organ...
Click here to view my Collected Works
. There's also an extensive online interview (Interview w/ Tobin
- Jan. 2006) that Giovanni
did for an internet radio show he contributes to. (It takes a while to get going, but does have good stuff later on.) I've written 5 books, 2 symphonies, 12 plays (10 musicals), and over 300 songs. I love photography and have some personal photos displayed on my Photo Gallery
(Suzanne's flowers are my favorite, and the sunsets taken in Cape Cod). I have 4 children who are, without question, my best collaborations. I am also the recipient of the United Nations Global 500 Roll of Honor award, given in 1994, for my work with the environmental movement worldwide. I have a series of educational and issue-oriented musicals for youth
available from a company I founded in 1987, CenterStage Productions
. Links to my latest collections of poetry can be found here: Writings
. Several of my poems have been set to mp3 by Del
I thank my mother for singing swing jazz-blues to me every night, my sister for insisting I learn to play piano before she died, and Suzanne who inspires me daily.
Tobin Mueller's CDs for sale...
OF TWO MINDS: The Music of Chopin and Mueller - Solo Piano
Double album featuring piano reinterpretations of Chopin's greatest hits (Disc 1) plus three original jazz piano sonatas (Disc 2). Romantic, heroic, seductive, contemporary solo piano . See FLOW
project page for liner notes and track links.
FLOW: The Music of J.S. Bach & Tobin Mueller - Solo Piano
Double album featuring piano reinterpretations of J.S. Bach's greatest hits (Disc 1) plus two original jazz piano suites (Disc 2). Inventive, playful, joyous, beautiful, full of emotion and intelligence. See FLOW
project page for liner notes and track links.
IMPRESSIONS OF WATER & LIGHT - Solo Piano
Interpretive arrangements of Impressionist masterpieces with original material folded in. See Impressions of Water & Light
project page for liner notes and a some great Impressionist artwork.
COME IN FUNKY - Jazz-Funk
Featuring legendary bassist Ron Carter and superlative saxophonist Woody Mankowski. See Come In Funky Project
insider info and other links. Big Band Funk numbers; quirky, hip duets; small Jazz combo. It has it all.
MIDWINTER BORN - solo piano
Your new favorite Christmas album! Reinterpretations of traditional carols by Tobin. See Midwinter Born
liner notes for comments on each arrangement and in-depth historical info on each carol.
HARD PLACE TO FIND - voice/piano
Personal interpretations of some of my favorite songs, plus one of my own. Just me at my piano, again. See Hard Place To Find
liner notes and lyrics, many of which I've changed for these arrangements.
SONG OF MYSELF - voice/piano
My intimate and deeply personal interpretations of some of my favorite songs. Recorded while experiencing severe lung issues. Just me at my piano. See Song Of Myself
THE MULLER'S WHEEL - jazz
Funky, hip, upbeat, pure joy. 14 original track journey through jazz from blues to bop to fusion to funk. Featuring Tobin on piano & organ, Woody Mankowski playing all saxes, eletcric guitar by Fran Dagostino. See The Muller's Wheel
SEPTEMBER 11 PROJECT: Ten Years Later
Songs written following 9/11/2001, capturing my personal experiences in Manhattan, reactions, musings, emotions. Revisited in anticipation of my involvement with the Ten Years Later project. See liner notes
RAIN BATHER - jazz
80-minute long play jazz collection by my all-star ensemble, featuring me on B3 organ, Chris Mueller at the piano, percussion by Dane Richeson, plus a totally hip ensemble of saxes, horns, flute, clarinet & acoustic bass. Won Best Album of the Year for 2009 at JazzChigago.net. See RAIN BATHER
liner notes on my website.
AUDIOCRACY: Revolution's Son - progressive rock
Hard-driving neo-progressive concept album featuring heavy organ, multiple guitars, layered vocals, fellow MJers Twonicus, Darren Chapman, Tadashi Togawa, Alimar, plus Bob Piper & Rob Thomas.
A Bit Of Light - rock/jazz/folk fusion
14 track compilation, from tango to jazz fusion, gravitating to folk-rock. Inventive arrangements that paint a portrait of the artist. Features: Entcho Todorov-violin; Donny McCaslin-saxes; BBarner-clarinet; Thoddi-bass; Komrade K-violin; TEXASFEEL-fusion guitar.
13 Masks - solo piano
Interweaving of jazz, avant-garde classical, and "Progressive Ragtime." Blending each style through the chaos of my subconscious, influences include Monk, Tatum, Brubeck, Joplin, Bartok, Ligeti.
Simig Media Records
Morning Whispers - solo piano
Heartfelt solo piano full of lyrical impressionism and epic emotion, combining healing New Age, romanticism, and contemporary jazz influences; original compositions.
Simig Media Records
(not listed in regular "Jams" submissions below):
Steve Stone (tonestones) under the project name Merlyn:
Michael Fioretti under the project name WIProg:
Jon Anderson and Alimar:
Happy 5th Birthday MacJams - 2009
(based on my poems)
The Cigarette and The Actress
Wall of Heaven
Simple as Soap
The Fall (from the Serpent's point of view)
Rock The Baby With Vodoo
Looping Through Hell
Dressing For Death (outtake from the musical "Creature")
Thoddi's Christmas Collab:
Tuck Me In Tonight
(MJ Woodstock fest)
SitCom (with McBoy's add-ons)
(shared experimentations on many levels)
Do I Know Him
Here, For A Moment
(from the musical, "Robin Hood")
How Many Times
(electric piano and B3 organ)
(B3 organ solo)
Girl From Padre Island
(Charlie organ accompaniment)
Happy Birthday MacJams (part 1)
Happy Birthday MacJams (part 2)
Many thanks to Alimar, Twonicus, Suzanne, Darren Chapman, Ziti, John Selvia (ivanjs), BBarner, Mystified, Troy, Thoddi, Packosmokes, McBoy, iGStudio, Del, Woody Mankowski, TEXASFEEL, K Komrade, Mungo, Donny McCaslin, Encho Tudorov and Chris Mueller for their hand in collaborations listed in my regular submissions section below.
Songs by Tobin you shouldn't miss: (click on image to go to song page)
TOBIN MUELLER'S OFFICIAL WEBSITE
Tobin's music on iTunes
Tobin's music on CDBaby
(uncompressed music & liner notes from actual CDs. Keep the CD alive!)