An original voice in instrumental music, Steve "Tav" Tavaglione is
well known as a multi-styled saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist and E.W.I.
wind-synth player, who uses imagery and passion to guide his performance.
Since making his professional debut with Sly and the Family Stone at the 1st
Annual American Music Awards, Tav has cultivated a reputation as one of the
music industry's most inventive players. He has recorded and/or performed with
Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, George Benson, Lee Ritenour and
many others. As a founding member of the pioneering Worldbeat ensemble Caldera,
Tav helped create an award winning Latin sound. (Caldera was one of the first
groups to forge the direction, which inspired the current Flamenco and Global
Now, in keeping with the innovative and unselfish spirit that has always
distinguished his work, Tav has created a solo album for Unitone Recordings
that's as notable for its ensemble playing as for its improvisational grace.
Produced by Jeff Beal, Silent Singing features songs by accomplished composers
Vince Mendoza and John Patitucci, and composer/players John Beasley (produced
"Eclipsis") and Patrick Leonard. Also accompanying Tav on his
instrumental journey are Alex Acuna, Dave Carpenter, Doug Lunn, Gary Novak,
Peter Maunu and Brian MacLeod.
As its prayerful title would suggest, Silent Singing is a record of transcendent
beauty. Inspired by Electronic artists like Squarepusher and Bjork, as well as
visionary movie composers he has worked with such as Mark Isham and Thomas
Newman, Tav set out to make a recording that evoked a variety of emotions,
visuals and sounds. "I was listening to music that placed a lot of
importance on ambient space and silence," Tav explains, "which lead to
a new sense of simplicity."
Silent Singing is the result of Tav's well-considered approach. Putting ego
aside, he sought out songs by a diverse collection of muses. Acclaimed composer
Vince Mendoza contributes three exceptional songs to the album, including the
title track Silent Singing, "Arabesque" and "She Never Has A
Window." Jeff Beal's songs include "Actor's Alley," a study in
musical methodology replicating the nail-biting urgency of an opening night
rehearsal. As performed by Tav, Patrick Leonard's "Home from 17" is a
journey that's as mystical as its title, whereas Beasleys "Eclipsis"
stirs the primitive spirit.
Tav delivers one of his most moving performances on "Love," a song
composed by John Patitucci. "That performance symbolized my feelings of
friendship with John over the years."
Born in Riverside, California, Steve Tavaglione began performing professionally
at age 18. Utilizing his ability to weave ideas within an ensemble setting, Tav
teamed with Jorge Strunz and Eduardo Del Barrio in 1975 to form the pioneering
World-Fusion group, Caldera. The trio recorded four acclaimed albums for Capitol
Records and won Best Latin Group honors from Billboard and Cashbox in 1978-79.
The band was one of few to have singles appear regularly on the Billboard Pop
Post Caldera Tav gained an A-list reputation that continues to this day from his
work with Pop icons such as Steve Winwood, Gino Vanelli, David Crosby and Andre
Crouch, to International superstars like Sergio Mendes, Luis Miguel and Simone,
to Jazz luminaries George Benson, Dave Weckl, Frank Gambale, Gary Willis, Vinnie
Colaiuta, and Alan Holdsworth. Most recently, Tav performed and recorded in
concert with legendary Pink Floyd alumnus,
As he prepared to take center stage with his own solo album, Tav thoughtfully
assessed his musical motivations. "I began exploring the ways music could
address and relate to all aspects of life." Silent Singing is his soulful
realization of this search.