Hi Everyone,

It’s almost the middle of November! Where has the time gone?

American Thanksgiving is coming up Fast!

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Update PDX: Ethos Music Inc.

September 16, 2015

Hi Everyone,

I’ve recently joined Ethos Music Inc. as an onsite percussion instructor for two group classes and private lessons. I have an off-site appointment teaching percussion ensemble as well. If you are interested in percussion lessons and live near North Portland be sure to check-in with Ethos Music. I hope to see you there!


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.


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

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To purchase tickets online visit:

Check out the write-up in the Georgia Straight:

It’s going to be amazing!

See you there.

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!



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 http://vancouverpromusica.ca/pro-musica-event/call-scores-ethos-collective/

I look forward to some great new pieces!


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: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/817263

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 www.facebook.com/drtimothyvancleave.

Best wishes for an awesome 2014-2015 concert season!