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Bedner's greatest strength is his ability to separate himself from the crowd that believes intensity goes hand in hand with volume, aggression and excessive effects. He brings a sense of balance and measure to the music that allows him to build tension by contrast, not bombast.”

— Dan Bilawski, All About Jazz

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Tim Bedner is a modern lyrical composer and improviser, and an award-winning teacher and performer on six- and seven-string guitar. Reviewers have called him “a talent and a force, playing with grace, style, passion, and inventiveness.” His CD recording “Of Light and Shadow” debuted in the #1 spot of the CMJ jazz chart, where it remained in the Top 40 for four weeks. Tim teaches jazz guitar at Carleton University and is the founding director of the Contemporary Guitar Ensemble. Tim teaches privately, offers workshops, and is the assistant director of the Carleton University Summer Jazz Camp. A gifted and sought-after accompanist, he has performed with many well known musicians across a variety of genres. Tim has shared a stage with artists as diverse as jazz guitar icon John Abercrombie, national fingerstyle champion Pat Donohue (NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor), Broadway diva Bernadette Peters, the Segovia of jazz guitar Gene Bertoncini, fusion band Spyro Gyra, and others. Tim is a graduate of Berklee College of Music.

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'Of Light and Shadow' reflects not only Bedner's virtuosity on his instrument, but also his notable compositional skills. The tracks provide Bedner and his band mates with an opportunity to stretch out and calmly develop each selection in a natural and unhurried manner. 'Of Light and Shadow's' most unique element is its broad sense of musicality, with each selection unfolding the musical story: this is not fast food styled music, and this is slow simmered goodness. Throughout the album there is a feeling of exploration and revelation that invites the listener in. The guitarist never ceases to surprise, creating a musical journey of outstanding compositions. Bedner has done a great job in producing music that is soulful, textured, energetic, emotive, earthy, with a touch of the Midwest open skies.”

— Geannine Reid, Jazz Times

Of Light and Shadow

Of Light and Shadow (full album)

Tim Bedner

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Imagine Pat Metheny’s harmonic lyricism with John Scofield’s edgy groovemaking and Toots Thieleman’s soulful phrasing, and you have the concept for guitarist and composer Tim Bedner's CD recording.

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  1. 1 1. Umbra 05:20 Info
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  2. 2 2. Aurora 05:23 Info
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  3. 3 3. Lumen 00:50 Info
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  4. 4 4. Chiaroscuro 05:51 Info
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  5. 5 Synergetic 03:01 Info
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  6. 6 Sometimes Sadness 05:59 Info
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  7. 7 A.M. for P.M. 02:30 Info
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  8. 8 Bluenote 06:22 Info
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  9. 9 Waltz for Elise 04:35 Info
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