This album has been in the making since late 2020! While the world outside became full of pandemic news and politics, I stayed in and worked to learn more about analog and digital synthesizers. As I worked in the later evenings of the early pandemic, I started see a combination of synth sounds and acoustic instruments as a goal.

As the project progressed I submitted a grant proposal at the Regional Arts & Culture Council in Portland, Oregon, USA. With this support I was able to work with Clara Baker at The Rye Room. Clara shared her voice and guitar magic on 12.26.2020! The team also include the wonderful contributions of Tara Velarde on 04.02.2021. Matt Greco of The Rye Room did a wonderful job mastering each track!

This album is all about the things that take your breath away. The beautiful, the amazing, horrible, sad, happy, things that are a part of the being a human on this planet. Many folks like me often choose other forms of expressions when words just can’t get the point across.

You can support this project by visiting:

On June 24, 2022 this record will be available on all streaming platforms and places you can purchase music digitally. I generally buy music from Bandcamp because it is a platform that supports artists in a sustainable way and finds ways to support others beyond the artist community.

That’s all I’ve got for now! See y’all soon,


I’ll be playing solo vibraphone on September 26, 2017 from 10:30AM – 11:30AM at the 1st Annual Charles Jordan Community Center Active Aging Community Fair.

For more information: Active Aging Community Fair flyer 2017


I’m excited to let you know about Fringe Percussion’s upcoming production Boundless 2015.

For information visit:

To purchase tickets online visit:

Check out the write-up in the Georgia Straight:

It’s going to be amazing!

See you there.

Hi composer friends!

Ethos Collective is collaborating with Vancouver Pro Musica in the new year. There is a call for scores. For more information visit

I look forward to some great new pieces!



Hi Everyone,

I’ve been very happy to have such awesome opportunities over the last couple of months. This summer I spent a couple of days in the recording studio with Clara – The Sidewalk Cellist – making drum tracks for her record Freedom From Want. Recently the recording as been released at and is available for instant downloading. For more information and to find out which charity the proceeds of this record will be donated to visit

-Timothy Van Cleave



October 2013 is a month of exciting opportunities for musical collaborations. Several awesome projects this month include performing as the principal percussionist for the Vancouver New Music Festival Chamber Opera, Music on Main’s presentation of Steve Reich’s Drumming, Anita Eccelston’s Quartet at the Kozmik Zoo, and a special surprise performance with The Sidewalk Cellist.

Here is a taste of The Sidewalk Cellist’s upcoming album Freedom From Want!

If you aren’t hip to SoundCloud now is a great time to have a browse.

Stay tuned for more!


Welcome to my website. I know this site has been up for a little while, but let me tell you about some new things. You can see my Calendar page for new shows, concerts, and other awesome projects that I’m involved with. Also recently I’ve put up some pictures on the new Photos page.

Here are a few suggestions to make sure you stay connected.

1. Follow me on Twitter @TAVanCleave
2. Like my FaceBook page
3. If you want to contact me directly you can click use the contact form below.

Currently, I’m working to raise funding for a couple of really awesome projects. Here is some info about the first project.

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.

Also I’ve allowed myself to indulge in creating a new type of musical environment that seeks to blends my musical endeavours with the creativity of others to create a new sound. Dreaming big requires a lot of support from everyone. I’m currently working to squeeze in time to dream and time to compose so this project gains some momentum. Hit me up if you want to chat about it.

You can help out too! A friend from my university days has helped create Patron21, which is a subscription based fundraising platform for musicians. Take a visit to my page to see what kind of rewards you can receive for helping me along my path.

Best wishes to all!

In August 2013

August 2, 2013

Check out the calendar page for upcoming events in August! I hope to see you out and about.


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!