Tim Ware

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Tim Ware
Tim Ware in 1981. Photo by Steve Smith.
Background information
Born (1948-10-26) October 26, 1948 (age 73)
Origin Sacramento, California, US
Genres folk, chamber jazz, Soundtracks
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, Web developer
Instruments Mandolin, Guitar
Years active1977–present
Labels Rounder Records, Kaleidoscope Records
Website timware.com

Tim Ware (born October 26, 1948) is an American composer and musician, born in Sacramento, California. He is also the owner of HyperArts, a Web design and development company located in the San Francisco Bay Area, in Oakland, California.


The Tim Ware Group

Tim Ware came to prominence with the release, in 1980, of The Tim Ware Group on Kaleidoscope Records. The Tim Ware Group, working with a number of other talented San Francisco Bay Area musicians, helped define the emerging genre of New Acoustic Music. [1] The band featured Tim, who also composed all the music, on mandolin and guitar, Bob Alekno on guitar and mandolin, John Tenney on violin, Sharon O'Connor on cello and Kenneth Miller on acoustic bass. The album also featured David Grisman, Darol Anger and Mike Marshall on the mandolin quartet piece "Spiral Moons" (which Rosanne Cash cited as one of her favorite tunes in a Down Beat magazine article from that period). In the spring of 1980, "Spiral Moons" had its world premiere at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, performed by Tim, Darol, Mike, and Mark O'Connor, and a few months later, this same quartet reprised that performance at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, California. The album photography was done by former Rolling Stone chief photographer Baron Wolman.

The Tim Ware Group released their second album, Shelter From The Norm, on Rounder Records, with David Balakrishnan replacing John Tenney on violin. Although the Tim Ware Group, in the mandolin-based edition, disbanded in 1985, the music generates interest to this day (Tim was featured as Artist of the Week [2] on the Mandozine website.). The album cover art was designed and created by noted designer and artist Michael Cronan.

The Tim Ware Group, v.2

In 1985, Tim formed the Tim Ware Group v2, with Tim playing guitar, David Balakrishnan (now in The Turtle Island String Quartet) on violin, George Brooks on saxophone, Mark van Wageningen on electric bass and the late Paul van Wageningen on drums. The band toured and recorded and disbanded in 1995.

In 1992, Tim composed "Los Surf" for inclusion on the debut album by Teisco Del Rey (aka Dan Forte), "The Many Moods of Teisco Del Rey." And in 1996, Tim reimagined "The Theme From Lawrence of Arabia" as a classic surf music epic, which was featured on Teisco's second release, "Teisco Del Rey Plays Music For Lovers."

HyperArts Web Design

In 1997, Tim started HyperArts Web Design, which remains a thriving business, developing websites and Facebook Fan Pages for clients such as Bare Escentuals, Autodesk, Popchips, UC San Francisco, and many others.

Tim is also the creator and curator of ThomasPynchon.com and PynchonWiki.com, the Web's largest and most popular resources for American novelist Thomas Pynchon. In 2000, Tim was interviewed for and featured in a feature-length documentary on the seldom-seen American author.

Soundtrack Composition

In recent years, Tim has scored and performed the soundtracks for several Oregon Public Broadcasting documentaries, two of which have won Emmy Awards, and he continues to experiment with musical sound. In 2006, his music was used as the soundtrack for the BBC Radio 4 drama Monkeyface. In 2018, Tim was nominated [3] for a Regional Emmy (Alaska-Pacific Northwest) for the musical score he composed and performed for the Oregon Public Broadcasting documentary "Broken Treaties" (2017), produced by Eric Cain.

Current Musical Pursuits

In 2005, a "greatest hits" CD consisting of digitally remastered tunes from the Tim Ware Group's two albums was released by Menus and Music, a publishing company started by Sharon O'Connor.

Tim is currently at work on a full-length CD of surf and surf-inspired music.


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  3. "Nominations & Recipients". NATAS Northwest.