Two for the Muse
Welcome to the muse - the highly musical world of Tim Harmony, jazz harmonica and multi-faceted pianist, Martan Mann. This is a captured moment of pure inspiration. Tim and Martan met briefly at the Agape Music Symposium in Los Angeles in Autumn 2004. As fate has it, they decided to jam on a few tunes. The result was magical. This led to two beautiful jazz duo Christmas concerts sponsored by the Steinway Society of the Bay Area, at San Jose's packed St. Joseph's Cathedral in December 2004. The audience was transfixed by the spontaniety and inspiration of their music. As a result, Tim and Martan decided to 'record the magic'. This recording is dedicated as a tribute to the two musical mentors of Tim and Martan - Toots Thielmanns and Kenny Werner. Here is a quick biography of Martan Mann: Author of three books: 'Jazz Improvisation for the Classical Pianist' (available on Lulu.com), 'New Age Improvisation for the Classical Pianist' (available on Lulu.com), and 'Improvising Blues Piano' available in music stores throughout the world. He is currently working on a new book entitled, 'JazzSkills for Piano: Getting from Here to There. It will be available in the Summer of 2008. Master's Degree in Music from San Jose State University Also studied music and business at San Francisco State University; Hawaii Pacific College; University of Hawaii. Private piano teachers: Wilbert Baranco; Frederic Saatman; Don Haas; Mark Levine; Art Lande and Kenny Werner. Has performed extensively in clubs and concerts throughout Northern California and Hawaii. Recently performed for 25 years at jazz club, The Garden City in San Jose. Current activities include: Clazzical Jazz Lecture/Performance Series; Developing a new contemporary jazz CD with Martan Mann & Mannkind; developing a concert tour with Martan Mann & Mannkind; writing a new book on practicing improvisation. Playing lots of jazz with his trio. Currently teaching privately at his home in Boulder Creek, California and at West Valley Music in Mt. View, CA.