You are invited to be a part of an amazing project! I’m working with Clara, the Sidewalk Cellist, on an exciting new record. Now that the weather is sunny and activities are in full swing, the project is gaining momentum.

On August 4th I will be performing with Clara at Vancouver Pride. This is your chance to hear and see what we are up to. Stay tuned for the details!

I’ve spent some time checking out various ride cymbals at some of the well known music shops in Vancouver, but I have yet to find a cymbal that meets my expectations. Recently, I stumbled upon Heartbeat Percussion in nearby Surrey, BC. I hope to make the trip out soon. My hope is that one of these handmade Turkish cymbals will be a good fit.

The first step in becoming a contributing member to the project is to visit my Patron 21 page. Check out how to sign up. You can begin a monthly subscription for as little at $2. Check out the reward section for the details!

I hope to hear from you soon!

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Experimenting with my set up for an upcoming concert at the Blueridge Chamber Music Festival in August 16th. This set up is my first draft for Lou Harrison’s First Flute Concerto.

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Celebrating my teachers

July 23, 2013

As some may know and many may learn Guru Purnima was July 22nd. It is a time of celebrating and respectfully thanking your gurus and teachers. I was introduced to Guru Purnima¬†in 2013 by my friend and teacher Neeraja Aptikar ji. Recently I have the chance to accompany her at the 120th Celebration of Swami Vivekanada ji’s arrival in Vancouver, British Columbia very close to the auspicious day. It is a great honour to be a student of her teachings.

From the very first moments of study, I realized I was embarking on a beautiful and intense musical journey with a kind and knowledgable guide. Day in and day out her ability to bring such feeling to music amazes me. Never holding back, she shares all of her knowledge in an open and generous manner – an excellent and experienced teacher that I will always admire, respect, and trust.

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I would like to thank another one of my fabulous music teachers, Dr. Erwin C. Mueller. After over 50 years of teaching percussion at Ball State University he has made the decision to retire from teaching and pursue other awesome endeavors. Recently I traveled back to my hometown of Muncie, Indiana and dropped by his teaching studio to say hello. Each day of my life utilizes one of the many lessons he taught me during my  university years. A an amazing, energetic, and influential teacher and friend. His dedication to teaching percussion is equalled only by the most talented teachers around the world.

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I would like to in its you all to be a part of an upcoming recording project with my pal Clara, the Sidewalk Cellist. Together we are combining forces to create an amazing record enjoyable for everyone. It’s a diverse project fusing ideas and influence from the many genres of music we both love. Of course you are going to love it too!

Clara’s compositions are emitting jazzy lines and sassy lyrics that are challenging me in new ways. In my creative process I am working to create certain blended time feels to give the music a little swunk. In the quest to cook up a few new grooves and concepts I started to have dreams of using a sweet sounding ride cymbal. Not just any cymbal, but one with a brilliant sound that blends well with the sound of the cello and voice.

Here is how you can join us for this project. First visit http://www.patron21.com/users/timothyvancleave. Enjoy my biography, photos, and videos of previous projects. Close your eyes and ponder what future projects you could directly impact. Then click the link to become a Patron, a great supporter of music, art, and other creative arts! A sweet reward could be coming your way.