Over the last three decades, Steve Ball has toured, recorded, and performed all over world, most visibly as a member of Robert Fripp and the League of Crafty Guitarists and various League spin-off groups. He is an active and founding member of the Seattle Guitar Circle, and formerly a member of Prometheus, as well as acclaimed Discipline Global Mobile artists Los Gauchos Alemanes, Electric Gauchos, and C3.
In 2016, he founded Tiny Orchestral Moments, an international troupe of masterful musicians who meet periodically to write, record, perform, and improvise, inviting new music into the world by collaborating across geographies, genres, genders and generations. The ensemble includes a gender-balanced core team of invited musicians who are already established in their work as internationally-recognized performers.
The core team is energized via contributions from a set of students, apprentices, organizers, instructors and experienced collaborators from in and outside the worldwide Guitar Craft community. The performers work together to prepare and present collaborative repertoire for layered guitars, voices, violins, strings, wind, drums and percussion. The aim: share structured improvisation that sounds composed, and composed collaboration that sounds improvised.
TOM shows unfold in 360-degrees as musicians move in and around the audience. Physical surround sound is complemented by 3 walls of ambient video, and supported by a mobile orchestra of guitarists from the extended Seattle Guitar Circle.
In addition to hosting public performances during each project, the full team also spends part of the week working in a world-class studio. All of these recordings came from the TOM v1 project improvisations at London Bridge studio in Seattle.
Complementing the five CDs (to be released in 2018) from TOM v1 in 2016 and TOM v2 in 2017, Louise Amandes and Ron Austin are producing a Tiny Orchestral Moments documentary for official release in 2018.