"Tim Watson is the future". - Tom Lippincott
Tim Watson, 23, is a guitarist, producer, and composer based in Miami, Florida. He has experience working professionally in a broad range of musical styes, including modern jazz, carnatic fusion, 'contemporary classical' (new music), indie folk, and hyperpop.
His career began in the Miami music scene in 2020 when he began performing regularly in the B.G.W. trio with legendary drummer Ignacio Berroa (described by Dizzy Gillespie as "the only Latin drummer in the world in the history of American music that intimately knows both worlds: his native Afro-Cuban music as well as Jazz") and multi-Grammy winning bassist Armando Gola. Since then, he has become known as one of the busiest and most versatile guitarists in South Florida.
He has extensive experience performing with modern jazz luminaries like Noah Preminger, Ignacio Berroa, Armando Gola, Alison Miller, Sasha Berliner, Tony Scherr, Jason Palmer, and Brian Lynch, among others. His project Tim Watson's Hostile Architecture, a sextet inspired by South Indian classical rhythm, American minimalism, and 21st century electro-acoustic music just released the single Adrenochrome Etude.
Other current projects include 12eyes, JUNE ARC, The McModern, and Cost of Living. He also is a member of Juvenoia, a NYC based fusion group led by Miguel Russell and Vittorio Stropoli. He recently collaborated with Dion Kerr on an ambient EP called Jems, and his Dialogues series. He is also scheduled to perform with premier Carnatic artists Anantha R. Krishnan, Shree Sundarkumar, and Charamuthi Raghuraman in Chennai, India on New Years Eve to celebrate the Madras music season.
Watson has performed abroad in Germany, Canada, Suriname, Italy, and Costa Rica, and at many of the US's premier jazz venues, including the Blue Whale (LA), Nublu (NYC), Drom (NYC), Elsewhere (NYC), the Black Cat (SF), the North Beach Bandshell (Miami), and Jazz at Lincoln Center (NYC). His future pop ensemble June ARC recently performed at III Points festival in Miami. His guitar playing can be heard on 27 commercially released tracks.
Watson has studied improvisation with John Hart, Ben Monder, Kris Davis, Brian Lynch, Tony Malaby, and Martin Bejerano. He has studied composition with Oren Boneh, Tania Leon (winner of the 2021 Pulitzer prize in music) and Dorothy Hindman, South Indian rhythm and Konnakol with Anantha R. Krishnan, and rhythmic independence with Dafnis Prieto (MacArthur Fellow and Grammy award winner) He has a BA in Studio Music and Jazz from University of Miami's Frost School of Music, where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar. Watson is currently a graduate teaching assistant in the jazz department at the Frost School of Music and completing a masters degree in composition.
Watson has taught students all over the world, leading clinics with the Stamps Quintet at Berkeley High School, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, the Conservatorio de Musica Pescara in Italy, in Suriname, South America, and with the Beantown Swing Orchestra, where he is a regular big band instructor.
He is fluent in Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Premiere. He dabbles in design and typography.