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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

Shows

Previous events

Date Event Location
The Early Music of Keith Jarrett GigSpace Performance Studio, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3E5 GigSpace Performance Studio, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3E5
Music @ Mill Road Concert Series 8 Rue Mill, Chelsea, Quebec J9B 1K8, Chelsea, Quebec J9B 1K8 8 Rue Mill, Chelsea, Quebec J9B 1K8, Chelsea, Quebec J9B 1K8
Tim Bedner Duo Options Lounge at the Brookstreet Hotel, Kanata, ON K2K 2W2 Options Lounge at the Brookstreet Hotel, Kanata, ON K2K 2W2
Jazz series at Aanabia Cupcakes Aanabia Cupcakes, Nepean, ON K2J 5L4 Aanabia Cupcakes, Nepean, ON K2J 5L4
Troika Latin Jazz Options Lounge at the Brookstreet Hotel, Kanata, ON K2K 2W2 Options Lounge at the Brookstreet Hotel, Kanata, ON K2K 2W2
JP Allain & Tim Bedner Chez Lucien, Ottawa Chez Lucien, Ottawa
Tim Bedner & René Lavoie Duo Private house concert. Email Tim if you are interested in attending :) Private house concert. Email Tim if you are interested in attending :)
Trombone Summit GigSpace Performance Studio, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3E5 GigSpace Performance Studio, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3E5
Tim Bedner & Vince Rimbach Duo Options Lounge at the Brookstreet Hotel, Kanata, ON K2K 2W2 Options Lounge at the Brookstreet Hotel, Kanata, ON K2K 2W2
Troika at Grill 41 Grill 41 at the Lord Elgin, Ottawa Grill 41 at the Lord Elgin, Ottawa
Dave Young Trio GigSpace, Ottawa GigSpace, Ottawa
Bill McBirnie Quartet GigSpace, Ottawa GigSpace, Ottawa
Straighten Up and Fly Right 4th Stage, Ottawa 4th Stage, Ottawa
Carleton University Guitar Ensemble recital Carleton University Loeb Tower B - 9th floor Carleton University Loeb Tower B - 9th floor
J.P. Allain Duo Chez Lucien, Ottawa Chez Lucien, Ottawa
Doreen Smith Duo Zolas, Bells Corners Zolas, Bells Corners
Gerri Trimble Duo Zolas, Bells Corners Zolas, Bells Corners
Nicole Ratté Jazz Quartet GigSpace, Ottawa GigSpace, Ottawa
Karen Oxorn Trio Music @ Mill Road, Chelsea Qc Music @ Mill Road, Chelsea Qc
Tim Bedner & Norm Glaude Private House Concert Private House Concert

About Tim

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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