Tim Munro

Photo: Joe Mazza

Photo: Joe Mazza

“I'm eager to turn HBO off, give Two Dots a rest, and take a fascinating three-day musical vacation in the capable hands of Chicago's vibrant new music community.”

Tim Munro is a Chicago-based, double-Grammy-winning musician. His diverse work as a flutist, speaker, writer and teacher is united by a single goal: to draw audiences into an engrossing and whimsical musical world.

Born in Brisbane, Australia, Tim is currently the flutist and co-artistic director of the chamber ensemble eighth blackbird, a position he has held since 2006. eighth blackbird has performed at major concert venues in 40 US states and abroad, worked as soloist with America’s finest orchestras, curated three music festivals, and premiered more than 100 new works, including Steve Reich’s “Double Sextet” (Pulitzer Prize winner, 2009). Tim won his second Grammy Award as a member of eighth blackbird in 2013, for the Cedille Records album “Meanwhile."

According to the Chicago Tribune, “the fierce virtuosity of Tim Munro was worth the price of admission.” Tim’s solo performances are “bravura” (The New York Times), “engrossing” (Chicago Tribune) and “brilliantly clear and beautifully balanced” (Sydney Morning Herald). Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times wrote that “Charismatic flutist Tim Munro [is] a lanky, physically agile performer who dispatches the gnarly, alluring and frenzied music, but also sings in a piercing falsetto and struts about the stage.”

In October 2014, Tim released his first solo album, “one two three,” a funny, terrifying, and unpredictable journey that casts Munro as flutist, singer, amateur mathematician, and supervillain. The album was produced in collaboration with Chicago’s cassette tape label, Parlour Tapes+. A future collaboration with Pulitzer-finalist Chris Cerrone on a substantial solo work explores the way listeners respond to extreme acoustic spaces. Tim memorizes his solo repertoire, leaving him free to add a theatrical dimension to his shows, and as a member of eighth blackbird has worked with directors including Susan Marshall, Mark DeChiazza, and Rinde Eckert.

Tim’s valued collaborators and musical friends include David Lang, Brett and Paul Dean, Dawn Upshaw, Steve Reich, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Osvaldo Golijov, the Spektral Quartet, Third Coast Percussion, Nico Muhly and the Pacifica Quartet. Pipe-dream collaborators are many and varied: Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, tUnE-yArDs, the Belcea Quartet, Shara Worden, Peter Sellars, and Andris Nelsons. Tim is principal flute of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in Santa Cruz, and has worked with many of Australia’s finest orchestras and chamber ensembles.

An experienced and energetic teacher, Tim guides and provoking students to use their instruments to tell compelling tales with emotional honesty. As a member of eighth blackbird, he holds faculty positions at the Curtis Institute of Music, University of Chicago and University of Richmond, and has appeared as a guest lecturer at more than 50 universities across America. He isalso a passionate writer and speaker about music, committed to inviting audiences into his beloved musical worlds.