Tigue is a group of three percussionists with a fluid musical identity. The Brooklyn-based trio (Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody) makes their own kinetic and hypnotic blend of instrumental minimalism while opening up the possibilities of their instrumentation through commissioning and collaboration. Tigue’s debut album Peaks was released in 2015 with New Amsterdam Records with highlighted performances at the Ecstatic Music Festival, Bric Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, and the Zemlika Festival in Durbe, Latvia. Recent commissions and premieres have included works by Molly Herron, Randy Gibson, Jason Treuting, Adrian Knight and Robert Honstein alongside collaborative ventures with Kid Millions and visual artist / sculptor Michael Mercil. These works have been presented in concert halls, galleries, black box theaters and universities throughout the country including EMPAC, Roulette, The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Noguchi Museum, Yale School of Music, and Princeton University. Praised for their focused and “high octane” performances (New York Times), the Ohio-born band members have worked together since they were practically children. Along with performing, the members of Tigue are dedicated to outreach and community projects. In collaboration with Make Music New York, the trio has led three 10-week music education programs with adult and adolescent inmates at New York City’s Rikers Island Correctional Facility, featured in both the New York Times and Rolling Stone Magazine. Working with inmates in both men’s and women’s facilitates, the trio shared the communicative nature of music through West African musical traditions and hand drumming culminating with inmate performances for the Rikers population. Tigue has also presented workshops and masterclasses with collegiate universities, elementary classrooms and community groups across the globe.
Matt Evans is a percussionist and composer with an enormous affinity for process, patterns, autonomy and abstraction. He frequently works in cross-disciplinary contexts, playing in bands, performing with new music ensembles, and producing performances that integrate music, movement and visual art. Matt co-leads, performs and tours with several projects including Tigue, Open House, Bearthoven, Rokenri, Man Forever, Ensemble Signal, Contemporaneous and Private Elevators and his concert music has been performed by Karl Larson, Eric Carlson, Contemporaneous, Sound ExChange, and Present Music. Praised by the New York Times as “…meticulous and expressive,” Matt has performed at acclaimed venues and series including The BAM Next Wave Festival, The Kitchen, Lincoln Center, The Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival and the Museum of Modern Art. His recordings have been released with New Amsterdam Records, Cantaloupe Music, Thrill Jockey, and Perfect Wave. Matt received a Masters of Music in Percussion Performance from the Eastman School of Music and completed his undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University.
Amy Garapic is an energetic soloist, chamber musician, educator and adventurous producer who continually seeks to explore the role of percussion in todays music and culture. With a strong passion for the creation of new work, her performing is split between the new music powerhouse Contemporaneous and the Brooklyn-based avant-pop percussion trio TIGUE. She has worked closely generating new sounds with composers Robert Honstein, Jason Treuting, and John Luther Adams; has performed alongside So Percussion, NEXUS, Bang on Can’s Asphalt Orchestra and pop icon David Byrne; and has traveled to make music in Jordan, Mexico, Paris, and most recently India alongside Grammy award winner AR Rahman. Amy also finds great value in exploring the relationship between performer and audience through musical community events. This year she united over 200 musicians from 24 cities and 7 countries in “A Worldwide Day of In C,” a 14-hour live-streamed celebration of 50 years of Terry Riley’s pioneering minimalist work. This, following her 2012 production of “A Worldwide Day of Vexations” joining over 100 percussionists in an 18-hour, live-streamed marathon of Satie’s monumental work. She has also produced multiple performances of John Luther Adams’ 100-percussionist Inuksuit, and was featured in both the New York Times and Rolling Stone after leading two successful seasons of hand drum lessons for inmates in Rhythm on Rikers. Amy shares her time as lecturer at Keene State College, Bard College, and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music while spending her summers as production manager for the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar. She is a proud endorser of Vic Firth sticks and mallets.
A Brooklyn based performer; collaborates with a number of multifaceted artists in various fields from pop, to improvisation, to the avant-garde. Carson is a founding member of the music group, TIGUE, with fellow performers and collaborators, Amy Garapic and Matt Evans. The group’s work together has led to exciting opportunities throughout NYC and other areas of the U.S. They will soon release recordings of original materials and the percussive debut of Sleeping Giant composer, Robert Honstein, with his work: An Index of Possibility. Carson performs with the NYC based “new music dream team” (TimeOutNY), Ensemble Signal. Performances with Signal have ranged from appearances at Lincoln Center Festival 2013, Big Ears 2014 (Knoxville, TN), and the June in Buffalo Festival. Carson also frequently performs and records with the Brooklyn rock band, Ghostpal. Since their early work in July 2011, Ghostpal has released a plethora of singles, covers, one EP, Extended Family (June 2012) one full-length LP, Nathan Jones is Dead (August 2012), and a newly released compilation, This Was Ghostpal (May 2014). Constantly exploring collaborations in dance as a mover and musician, Carson works with students and professionals all over NYC as well as students at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Carson is a graduate of The Ohio State University and the Eastman School of Music and is excited to join the artists roster with Vic Firth.