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Tim Rayborn / Bio

An internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, Tim has been active in the fields of early and world music since the early 1990s. He plays dozens of musical instruments from medieval Europe, the Middle East, and the Balkans, including: lutes, plucked strings, percussion, and flutes, as well as being a singer.

In addition to solo work, he co-directs the medieval ensemble Cançonièr with recorder virtuoso Annette Bauer, performs with Celtic harpist Patrick Ball, and regularly works with Shira Kammen.

Tim lived in the UK for seven years, studying for an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds, and working as a musician. He has toured the U.S. and in Europe extensively (from Ireland to Turkey), performing with the medieval groups Tintagel and Ensemble Florata, including concerts at both the York and Beverley Early Music Festivals (UK), Alden Biesen Castle (Belgium), Bunyola (Majorca), and the Spitalfields Festival (London). He has given a number of performances for BBC in the UK and Channel Islands, toured in Canada and Australia, and worked with folk musicians in Marrakech and Istanbul. He has taught at the SFEMS Medieval/Renaissance summer workshop in California, and Pinewoods Early Music week in Massachusetts.

Tim has collaborated with numerous artists in various genres. A short list includes: Ensemble Alcatraz, Anne Azema, Margriet Tindemans, and Sinfonye (early music); Kitka and Ya Elah (Balkan and Jewish women's choirs); Ruben Van Rampaey and Faisal Zedan (Middle Eastern percussion); Grammy nominees Linda Tillery (voice) and Alex De Grassi (acoustic guitar); various film composers for Warner Brothers. He has been heard on BBC in the UK and Channel Islands, NPR, and Harmonia radio.

He has recorded to date on more than 30 CDs for a number of labels, including Gaudeamus, Wild Boar, Magnatune, EMP, and Harmonia Mundi.

General Info

Artist Name
Tim Rayborn
Home Page
Classical / Early Music / World

Contact Info

Berkeley, CA