Tiptons on Science Friday! (PRI)

Composer Amy Denio created the song ‘Strange Flowers’ for the Tiptons, inspired by Rafil Kroll Zaidi’s research findings about bees in his scientific column ‘FINDINGS’ for Harper’s Magazine. This strange dark piece became the title track to the Tiptons’ recording STRANGE FLOWER.

Author Kroll Zaidi has just published FINDINGS, a fantastic illustrated book of excerpts from this column, and was recently interviewed by Public Radio International for SCIENCE FRIDAY. Denio was invited to be part of the conversation!

Listen to this very entertaining interview! The broadcast aired on December 25, 2015.

Lyrics used by permission from Kroll Zaidi & Harper’s Magazine:
Honeybees who waggle dance are head butted by their hivemates when danger is present.

Bees can remember human faces, but only if they are tricked into thinking that we are strange flowers.

Tiptons April 2015 European Tour!! April 16 – May 4

Ciao a Tutti! We are excited and getting things in order for our Spring European tour – we’ll be performing in Austria, Germany and Italy. Below is the short list but please see our calendar page for more detailed information and updates!

Other news – we had a very successful west coast Mythunderstandings tour in January, performing our live music, video and storytelling perfromance piece with Salish storyteller Paul “Che-okten” Wagner in Seattle and Arcata, Ca. We also toured all the way down to Santa Monica from Seattle, wowing audiences of all ages. We also got to teach some really fun workshops to students at the Cornish School of music in Seattle as well as the Humboldt State University music dept. There were some unforgettable moments of improvisation and conduction! We were able to film the Mythunderstandings piece for 3 nights and are now editing the editing the footage.  We’ll have a short promo and also full documentary film done soon!

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2015 Mythunderstandings Tour

The Tiptons will be playing concerts from Seattle and North Bend WA to Santa Monica CA from 15-27 January, 2015, including presentations of our newly edited multimedia performance of ‘MYTHUNDERSTANDINGS’ in Seattle and Arcata, CA.
We’re looking forward to seeing you soon! Check out our calendar page for further info.

European Tour November, 2014!

Tues 4 Nov: TRENTO, I @ Sala della Fondazione Caritro
via Calepina
Weds 5 Nov: REGGIO EMILIA, I @ Dinamo
Thurs 6 Nov: FAENZA, I @ Clandestino
Fri 7 Nov: PISA, I @ Exwide
Sat 8 Nov: LANDECK, A @ Altes Kino
Sun 9 Nov: BOZEN/BOLZANO, I @ Sudwerk / Batzenhäusl
Tues 11 Nov: MANTOVA, I @ Arci Virgilio Club
Weds 12 Nov: RAVENNA, I @ CISIM
Lido Adriano
Fri 14 Nov: Göttingen, D @ Göttingen Jazz Festival

Please contact us if you’d like to organize a dynamic, exhuberant and all around enjoyable concert!

US Tour August/September 2013

On the road again! Thanks again to everyone who has contributed toward our Indiegogo fundraising campaign for ‘tiny lower case’. We so appreciate your support and can’t wait to bring this music to you live in person – as well as through CD’s and downloads!

In August The Tiptons will be returning to California to join forces with dear friend Scott Amendola on drums. We’ll be playing 2 enchanting concerts at Duende in Oakland on the 21 & 22 August, then on the 23rd we’ll play a house party in Chico (please contact us for further information!). We’ll finish this fun run in Arcata for a fabulous festival on 24 August, where we’ll be sharing the stage with Jenny Scheinman.

In September, we’re headed to Colorado! We are excited to be at the Shine Gathering Place on 9/25 for two sets! Then we are off to the Mile High City (Denver, CO) for a residency at Metropolitan State University at Denver ~ teaching master classes and meeting the students (and probably learning just as much from them as they will from us!). We’ll be playing two separate sets at the fabulous Dazzle Jazz Club and Restaurant on Thursday 26 September, and give a final performance at Metro State U. on Friday the 27th. The impeccable and amazing Chris Stromquist will be on drums.