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Upcoming Shows

Except for a few key dates, I am currently taking a hiatus from shows for the remainder of 2014 to focus on writing and recording my upcoming album, Listen to the Trees Grow.

December 11, 2014: my ensemble and I have a huge opportunity: we’re playing at the ASU Kerr Cultural Center (see page 5). It’s a huge opportunity…this is where folks like Itzhak Perlman and Julliard String Quartet have performed. It’s a gorgeous, intimate, and acoustically perfect space. Seating will be limited. Furthermore, all persons in attendance who provide their email address will receive a free download of my forthcoming album, Listen to the Trees Grow, once it is completed. Sound like fun? Purchase tickets here.

Feature in New Times!

It seems I’ve been fortunate enough to have been featured in the online and print editions of Phoenix New Times. Biggest thanks to Nicki Escudero!

….and then….

Nicki also did a blog entry on me blabbering about my song “Tiny Eucatastrophes”, in New Times’ “Up on the Sun” along with some videos from a recent performance. I am being spoiled for no good reason.

San Diego CityBeat reviews Alyosha

Read this for another excellent write-up about Alyosha by CityBeat’s Seth Combs. Thanks Seth!

Playing with Henri at the Rogue

Watch Roadtrip Nation episode w “Tiny Eucs”!

It’s finally that time…

Here you can watch the episode of Roadtrip Nation featuring “Tiny Eucatastrophes”. It starts right at the two-minute mark, “Nice to meet you,” dum dum dum dum dum dum….

…and thus I am strongly considering renaming the song to “Hello Tina”.

While you’re at it, you might as well watch the entire episode. It’s a really good one!

The song has also been placed on a compilation that will be distributed around the country as the green Roadtrip Nation RV’s tour college campuses this fall. How nice! If you are at any of my upcoming shows, I will have download cards for people who would like to get the entire comp. Just ask.

See the trailer for Season 7 here.

Interview/Alyosha review in June 2010 issue of Java Magazine

Click here to read a very nice review of Alyosha in the excellent Java Magazine. Thanks Mitchell!

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Kitten Paws Vintage photos

Click here to see pictures of yours truly from a photo shoot by my friend Tiffany, who is somehow able to make even unphotogenic folks such as myself look interesting…be sure to also check out the rest of the galleries as well. Her other friends are much prettier.

CMJ Artist Spotlight

Looks like I just got featured on CMJ’s Sonicbids Spotlight! Read it here.

“His instrument narrates the complexities of being a young American circa 2010 right back at him…”

Read this and other reviews of Alyosha here.

Career

The music of Tobie Milford has been described as an “ethereal symphony of sound”, using loop pedals to layer multiple violin parts and combine them his own vocals. This culminates in a nuanced and unique sound: ambient, minimalist string textures, quartet-style harmonies, sophisticated plucking patterns, and dynamic vocal melodies. His songwriting has led him to become one of Phoenix’s most widely-lauded solo acts, and his diverse fan base has invited him to play everywhere from bars and music venues to museums, art galleries, and a broad array of festivals, including Cincinatti’s Midpoint Music Festival in 2010. His music has been played on PBS programming, US Airways flights, and internet radio stations, reaching listeners from South Africa to New Zealand. That Milford has opened for cello looper extraordinaire Zoe Keating, ambient folk/postrock pioneers Sleep Whale, and singer-songwriters Tony Lucca and Joe Firstman is an indicator of his appeal to a diverse body of musical supporters.

This year, Milford has been fortunate enough to compose and perform string arrangements for one of Beck’s “Song Reader” pieces with none other than Jimmy Eat World’s Jim Adkins as part of Psyko Steve’s Cover the Crescent series. In June, he performed with members of the Downtown Chamber Series at Phoenix’ prestigious Musical Instrument Museum, interspersing looped solo material with arrangements of his songs for string quartet.

His new material takes advantage of his budding musical relationships string players from the Downtown Chamber Series, Phoenix’s fantastic Tetra Quartet, and other local musicians supportive of his work.

Milford has contributed to the latest recordings of many Phoenix bands/songwriters including What Laura Says Thinks and Feels, Kinch, Peachcake, Ryan Taverna, the Constellation Branch, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Michelle Blades, Courtney Marie Andrews, Justin Olsen, Porches, Cardiac Party, and PAWL, as well as various compilations such as the Princess Lost project. He was also commissioned by Snake Snake Snakes! to compose and perform string accompaniments for their live show when they opened for Jimmy Eat World at Phoenix’s Marquee Theater in October 2010.

Musical influences include Radiohead, Max Richter, Arvo Part, John Adams, Rachels, Sigur Ros, Sufjan Stevens, and Andrew Bird.

Milford is also a member of Phoenix-based band the Whisperlights, who have been featured on NPR Song of the Day.