Improviser, composer, and interpreter Tim Feeney seeks to explore and examine the possibilities inherent in unstable sound and duration. He frequently collaborates with improvising artists including the trio Meridian, with percussionists Sarah Hennies and Greg Stuart, pianist Annie Lewandowski, cellist and electronic musician Vic Rawlings, saxophonist Andrew Raffo Dewar, banjo and electronic musician Holland Hopson, and many others. Within this community, he has recorded for the experimental Caduc, Accidie, Rhizome.s, Full Spectrum, Sedimental, homophoni, Audiobot, Soul on Rice, lildiscs, and Brassland/Talitres labels. Most recently, he has performed in quartet and large ensembles with composer and saxophonist Anthony Braxton, including a performance at the 2016 Big Ears Festival, in Knoxville, Tennesse, acclaimed by the Guardian and the New York Times.
Tim also builds sound installations, concerned primarily with the acoustic properties and geographies of neglected or nontraditional spaces. His recent work has been presented by festivals at locations including Silo City, the abandoned grain silo complex along the river in Buffalo, New York, Boston’s Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, the preserved steam pumping station that processed the city’s drinking water, and the Bernheim Research Forest, outside Louisville, Kentucky, as well as by more formal events at the Contemporary Art Center New Orleans and the University of Richmond.
As an interpreter of contemporary compositions, Tim has performed at venues such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Zankel Hall, the American Academy in Rome, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. He was a founding member of the quartet So Percussion, a member of Boston’s Callithumpian Consort, and performed with Rinde Eckert in his Pulitzer-nominated Orpheus X, directed by Robert Woodruff and staged at the American Repertory Theater, the off-Broadway Duke Theatre on 42nd Street, and the 2008 Hong Kong International Festival.
Tim is also a faculty member of the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar, a yearly chamber music-intensive workshop bringing students from the US and abroad to rehearse and perform at the Enfield Shaker Museum in New Hampshire. From 2012 to 2018 he led the percussion studio at the University of Alabama and directed the percussion program at Cornell University from 2007 to 2012.
Tim earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Yale School of Music, where his teachers included Robert van Sice, Richard Weiner, and Paul Yancich.