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Tye Austin

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"Tye Austin can make the guitar sing like it was invented only to be in his hands." -Joe Camarlinghi, NBC News
Classical Guitarist
New York

Hailed by NBC News for making “…the guitar sing like it was invented only to be in his hands,” native Oregonian Tye Austin (age 28) is an international award-winning classical guitarist and composer based in New York City. Within a decade of picking up the instrument, Tye has performed solo at Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall, the United Nations, US French Embassy, and many other prestigious venues. He has also opened for celebrities and Grammy-winners such as Bela Fleck, Sharon Isbin, and Eliot Fisk, and he’s been interviewed by NBC News, National Public Radio, and Psychology Today. Tye’s concert programs feature a wide range of musical genres from classical to flamenco, jazz, contemporary pop, and his original compositions. As a prodigious composer/arranger with over fifty original works, he is dedicated to expanding the classical guitar repertoire. He has composed music for solo guitar, guitar duo, violin/guitar duo, cello/guitar duo, flute/guitar duo, guitar and string quartet, and guitar and symphony orchestra. In addition to his solo guitar work, Tye frequently collaborates with the NY Virtuosi String Quartet. Tye bought his first guitar at a pawn shop after attending his first classical guitar concert in 2007. He began auditing college courses in music fundamentals and guitar technique at Southern Oregon University (SOU) before he was accepted as a full-time music major in the fall of 2008. He began composing music in 2010 and conducted the premiere of his first symphony in 2012. Tye made his solo debut opening for Grammy-winner Sharon Isbin in 2011, and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2013, just three months before graduating Magna Cum Laude from SOU. In 2014, he independently raised $56,000 to pursue his master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music by organizing a series of salon concerts in his hometown of Ashland, Oregon. In the summer of 2015, Tye traveled throughout Spain on a solo journey to reconnect with his instrument’s history and study flamenco guitar with native masters David Martinez, Adrian Ruis, and Pablo Gimenez. Tye completed his Master of Music degree at NEC in 2016 under the tutelage of legendary maestro Eliot Fisk (the last direct pupil of Andres Segovia). Tye also performed/studied in masterclasses with Grammy-winners Sharon Isbin (Juilliard Guitar Chair), Jason Vieaux (Curtis Institute Guitar Chair), and William Kannengiser (USC Guitar Chair). Tye’s debut studio album, Andalusia: Spanish Guitar Music, is available now for streaming on SoundCloud. Tye is a sponsored artist at Savage Classical Guitar in Long Island, NY, the largest classical guitar dealer and gallery in the world. He plays medium-tension strings on a 2016 Manuel Adalid modeled after Antonio Torres, handcrafted in Valencia, Spain. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, meditating, reading in solitude, and riding his bike through Central Park.

Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Barbershop, Gospel, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Top 40, World music, African music, Arabic, Argentinian, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Calypso, Caribbean music, Choro, Cuban music, Cumbia, Flamenco, French music, German music, Greek music, Hawaiian music, Indian music, Italian music, Latin, Merengue, Reggae, Salsa, Samba, Ska, Spanish music, Tango, Hip Hop, Afrobeat, Asian music, Funk, Funk rock, Tribute
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Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Orchestrator, Songwriter, Transcription, Actor, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, MC, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Music therapy, Musicologist, Community music worker
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Song list

Franceso da Milano (1497-1543):
Five Fantasies
Josquin des Prez (1450-1521):
Three Motets for Guitar
Ile Fantazies de Josquin
Mille Regretz
John Dowland (1563-1626):
Flow, My Tears
Come Again
Welcome Home
Frog Galliard
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741):
Lute Concerto RV 93
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
Lute Suite No. 1 BWV 996
Praludium & Presto
Cello Suite No. 1 BWV 1007
Minuets I & II
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Menuett in G Major
Menuett in G Minor
Ludwig Beethoven
Sonata Pathétique
Wolfgang Mozart
Rondo Alla Turka
Fernando Sor (1778-1839):
Twenty Etudes, Op. 6
Variations on a Theme by Mozart
Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829):
Twenty-five Etudes, Op. 48
Matteo Carcassi (1792-1853):
Twenty-five Etudes, Op. 60
Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841):
Guitar Sonata, Op. 21, No. 3
Romance: Andante sostenuto
Rondeau: Allegretto con poco moto
Francisco Tarrega (1852-1909):
Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Capricho Arabe
Gran Vals
Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909):
Enrique Granados (1867-1916):
Spanish Dance No. 2
Spanish Dance No. 5
Manuel de Falla (1876-1946):
The Miller’s Dance
Miguel Llobet (1878-1938):
Canco del Lladre
El Testament d’Amelia
El Noi de la Mare
Joaquin Turina (1882-1949):
Sonata para guitarra
Allegro vivo
Joao Pernambuco (1883-1947):
Sons de Carrilhoes
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959):
Etudes No. 1, 2, 7, 10, 11
Preludes No. 1, 3, 5
Choro No. 1
Antonio Lauro (1917-1986):
Agustin Barrios Mangore (1885-1944):
Vals, Op. 8, No. 3
Vals, Op. 8, No. 4
Danza Paraguay
Las Abejas
La Catedral
I. Prelude
II. Andante
III. Allegro 
Leo Brouwer (b. 1939):
Tres Piezas de Latinoamericanas
Danza del Altiplano
Cancion: Triste argentino
El Decameron Negro
El Arpa del Guerrero
La Huida de los Amantes por el Valle de los Ecos
Balada de la Doncella Enamorada
Jorge Morel (b. 1931):
Danza Brasiliera
Andrew York (b.1958):
Marley’s Ghost
Manha de Carnaval - Luis Bonfa
Summertime - George Gershwin
Blue Skies - Irving Berlin
I’ll Be Seeing You - Sammy Fain
Fly Me to the Moon - Bart Howard
Autumn Leaves - Joseph Korma
Girl from Impanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Agua de Beber - Jobim
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Harold Arlen
All of Me - Gerald Marks
Blue Bossa - Kenny Durham
Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles
Yesterday - The Beatles
Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
Happy Birthday - Mildred Hill
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Better Together - Jack Johnson
I’m Yours - Jason Mraz
Roar - Katy Perry
Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Took a Pill in Ibiza - Mike Posner
La Vie en Rose - Edith Pilaf
Sakura - Japanese Traditional
Tico Tico No Fuba - Zequinha de Abreu
Besame Mucho - Consuelo Velazquez
Tango Por Una Cabeza - Carlos Gardel
Bamboleo - Gypsy Kings
Danny Boy - Frederic Weatherly
Spanish Romance - Anonymous
Greensleeves - Anonymous


From customers:

Psychology T
7 years ago

Tye Austin led us into a musical embrace.

Oregon F
9 years ago

Tye Austin is an all around guitar-guru.

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