Adventure in PDX

August 15, 2015

Hi Everyone!

Right now I’m on an adventure in Portland, Oregon (USA)! Currently I am researching arts organizations, performance ensembles, schools, and careers in arts administration. If you have a favourite organization, band, or venue please feel free to leave it in the comments section. Making new connections is certainly a great way to spend the summer months.

Also for friends and family in the Mid-West, we’ll be around soon so stay tuned! Feel free to send me a Facebook Message or Email should you want to hang out! I am looking forward to visiting with y’all.


December 31, 2014

December 29, 2014

Each year around this time people make resolutions and set goals. A few years ago I set a goal to get a couple of new cymbals. Just a reminder that the goals you set in 2015 may not happen immediately, but sticking with it is the only way it even has a chance of happening.

Happy New Year!



November 2014

November 5, 2014

Hi Everyone,
October was a great month for music! I had a excellent time performing with the Ethos Collective and Fringe Percussion at the Vancouver New Music Festival, Alvaro Rojas Quintet at China Cloud, the Plastic Acid Orchestra, and with Neeraja Aptikar at Diwali Fest at the Roundhouse Community Centre.

Stay tuned to twitter @TAVanCleave and Facebook for up to date information on various performances, workshops, and lessons.

November 2, 2014 – Fringe Percussion at the Nanaimo Chamber Music Festival – Nanaimo, BC
November 7, 2014 – Colin McDonald Pocket Orchestra at the Inlet Theatre – Port Moody, BC
November 15, 2014 – Kamloops Symphony Orchestra – Kamloops, BC
November 24, 2014 – Redshift Music Society at the Roundhouse Community Centre – Vancouver, BC
November 28, 2014 – Wonder Pond Trio at Merge – Vancouver, BC

Here is a picture from Diwali Fest at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver, BC

September is coming to a close in a couple of days. It’s been a great month! Just to recap I had awesome performances with Adrian Glynn + Fringe Percussion, the Ethos Collective, Tubes and Grooves, and a solo vibraphone performance for the grand re-opening of the Salina Cheng Music Academy.

As a teacher I was recently invited to join the faculty at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, which is really exciting. Working with young percussionists is very energetic and enjoyable!

Coming up in October 2014:
Thursday October 2, 2014 Alvaro Rojas 5tet at the China Cloud 9pm
Friday October 17, 2014 Ethos Collective at Vancouver New Music Festival
Saturday Ocotber 18, 2014 accompanying Smt. Neeraja Aptikar
Sunday October 19, 2014 Fringe Percussion at Vancouver New Music Festival
October 31, 2014 Plastic Acid Orchestra

I hope to see you at the show!

If you haven’t heard yet September 13th there is a serious collaboration happening with Adrian Glynn and Fringe Percussion. I’m really excited about this concert. I hope you can all see the show. Here’s a link for advance tickets, which are cheaper than tickets at the door and way more cool:

See you at the show!

Welcome September and Rain

September 2, 2014

Good afternoon everyone!
It’s going to be an amazing autumn season filled with opportunities to perform with Fringe Percussion (@FringePerc) and Ethos Collective (@ethoscollective).

I would like to recap my summer travels and happenings briefly. The Sidewalk Cellist and I shared the stage 4 times in June as part of her 3rd annual outdoor concert series. I performed an awesomely fun concert with Out In Harmony. Then I traveled to Bamfield, BC to play for Music By The Sea, which was amazing. If you’re not familiar with Bamfield check it out on google maps.

During the month of August I was invited to accompany my teacher Smt. Neeraja Aptikar. I got to sing as well as accompany her on Harmonium and Tabla. I had an awesome presentation of the new Alvaro Rojas Quintet featuring James Meger, Jon Patton, Omar Amlani, and Alvaro Rojas. To end the month I composed two sets of music for contrasting trios that featured Meredith Bates, Evan Bates, Doug Gorkoff, and Jeremy Price. This summer was truly a pleasure.

Onto September! The rain today reminds me that fall is coming, but I’m hoping for great sunny weather on September 13th and 14th. On September 13th Fringe Percussion is joining forces with guitarist/singer Adrian Glynn to perform at St. James Hall. The very next day September 14th Ethos Collective is performing a show entitled “On The Echoing Green” with soprano Camille Hesketh featuring a new work by composer Graham Flett at VanDusen Gardens.

The best way to stay tuned is by following me on twitter @TAVanCleave and

Best wishes for an awesome 2014-2015 concert season!

I’ve recently worked out a few thoughts regarding my views as a vibraphonist. The vibraphone can play several roles in a jazz ensemble. Listed below are several of my favorite books about jazz music and the vibraphone. Please have a look and enjoy.

The single biggest online community of vibraphonists can be found at It is a great resource for lessons, exercises, and some of the best videos and audio. It’s is to become a member and for a few bucks a month you can become a subscriber which unlocks a buffet of vibraphone knowledge that you could chew on for centuries. 

Jazz Resources 

Berliner, Paul F. 1994. Thinking In Jazz: The Infinite Art of Improvisation. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press. 

Coker, Jerry. 1990. How To Practice Jazz. New Albany, Indiana: Jamey Aebersold Jazz, Inc.

Coker, Jerry. 1964. Improvising Jazz. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc. 

Coker, Jerry, Casale Jimmy, Campbell, Gary, Greene, Jerry.  Patterns For Jazz. Miami, Florida: Studio PR. 

Haerle, Dan. 1975. Scales For Jazz Improvisation. Hialeah, Florida: Studio 224. 

Progis, Jim. 1982. Jazz Chord Voicings for Right Hand. Danvers, Massachuttes: Shattinger International Music Corp. 

Weiskopf, Walt. 1995. Intervallic Improvisation The Modern Sound: A Step Beyond Linear Improvisation. New Albany, Indiana: Jamey Aebersold Jazz, Inc. 

Resources for Jazz Vibraphone 

Burton, Gary. 1995. Introduction to Jazz Vibes. Glenview, Illinois: Creative Music. 

Burton, Gary. 1995. Four Mallet Studies. Glenview, Illinois: Creative Music. 

Davis, Thomas L. 1999.Voicing and Comping for Jazz Vibraphone: Four Mallet Studies for the Modern Vibist. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Hal Leonard Corporation.

Metzger, Jon. 1996. The Art and Language of Jazz Vibes. McLean, Virginia: EPM Publications, Inc.

Sisto, Dick. 2005. The Jazz Vibraphone Book Etudes in the Style of the Masters. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Hal Leonard Corporation. 


Updates for December!!!!

December 4, 2013


I am excited to be a part of several interesting projects during the month of December. I’m also excited to get a chance to travel to visit family for Christmas. Keep the following dates in mind if you are interested in getting out and seeing what a collaborative musicians does. Often during my school years people asked what I expected to do with a degree in music. Well here’s how December is going down:

December 6-7th at 8pm and December 8th at 2pm & 8pm – Ascension 2013 // Contemporary Music + Dance at SFU Woodward’s 

December 9th at 8pm – Tubes and Grooves at the Kino

December 11th at 8pm – Anita Eccelston’s Like Smoke at the Kozmik Zoo

December 13th Doors at 7:30 Show at 8pm – An Evening of Spoken Word, Cello, and Percussion at Our Town Cafe

December 14th between 8-ish?? – The Sidewalk Cellist and Plastic Acid at Falconetti’s Eastside Grill

December 15th Doors at 7:30 – The Sidewalk Cellist and Friends at The Backstage Lounge

There are also a couple of top secret projects that are in the planning and composition stages. Stay tuned!! I hope to see some of you soon! 

Tubes and Grooves

December 2, 2013

If you’ve seen the name on Facebook and Twitter AND you are curious what it means. Have a visit:

The Georgia Straight has a cool write up about Chamber-Con a co-presentation by Vancouver New Music and Redshift Music Society. For the detail click the link: