“Amazing, uncompromising music with a distinctive combination of instruments and an expansive artistic vision. Stunning, easily equal to anything else in the RIO and chamber rock fields.”– Jon Davis, Exposé Online
TROOT is a powerful progressive/RIO (Rock in Opposition) group that brings together exceptional musicians from around the world to perform the intricate chamber-prog of pianist and composer Tim Root. The group first came together in the fall of 2017 in Seattle, with members travelling from homebases in Paris, Rome, Buenos Aires, Philadelphia and Los Angeles to spend a week living, rehearsing and recording together the intense, complex pieces that comprise their debut album Constance and the Waiting
A “phenomenal 10-piece ensemble. Refreshing and really challenging work. Highly recommended.”– Igor Gorelyi, R.A.I.G
Led by Tim Root’s impressive piano work, the band gets it beating heart from EchoTest, comprised of Julie Slick (Adrian Belew, Crimson ProjecKt), Marco Machera and Alessandro Inolti. Seattle’s remarkable avant-guitarist Bill Horist is joined by Argentinian virtuoso Alex Anthony Faide (Electric Gauchos, Los Twang Marvels) and Steve Ball (Tiny Orchestral Moments, League of Crafty Guitarists), with additional instrumental and vocal contributions from such luminaries as Amy Denio (Kulture Shock, The Tiptons), Beth Fleenor (Chrystal Beth and the Boom Boom Band), Nora Germain, Sam Boshnack, Paris Hurley, and Tobi Stone.
Constance and the Waiting
- Venice of the Sky: Venice of the Sky showcases both the excellent ensemble playing and beautiful solo work found throughout the album.
- Palasidai: The emotional pinnacle of the album, Palasidai features an other-worldly vocal by Seattle’s Beth Fleenor, using a language of her own invention.
- Dance Elena: More wonderful ensemble playing on some very difficult music is combined with Seattle guitarist, Bill Horist’s striking solo over an ethereal middle section.
“A wonderful debut album…You must hear this for yourself. Simply brilliant. I only can reward this with the full five points.”– Douwe Fledderus – progVisions
“One of the most notable progressive creations of the year. Recommended at 200%!”– César Inca Mendoza Loyola
“Exquisitely played…filled with passion, pathos, and drama”– Steve Conrad, ProgressiveRockFanatics
About Tim Root
“What we will be doing may be hard… Allowing the stresses and successes inherent in this environment to rise and fall, both in the people and the music, with compassion and love, is paramount. Ideally, people and music are lifted together. In a pinch: People first, always.”– Tim Root (Team mail, 2017)
Tim Root is an American Composer, Pianist and Conductor recently returned to Seattle after living in Paris, France, during the production of his debut album Constance and the Waiting.
Trained in composition at UCSD and Mills College by some of the mavericks of the American Avant Guard, he also received early piano instruction from a student of Rachmaninoff. These strong influences, together with his love for complex rock, free improvisation, and jazz, inform the music of his ensemble TROOT.