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Tina Marsh

In 1980, frustrated with the pressures both creative and fiscal of making music within the confines of the local music scene, vocalist/composer Tina Marsh founded the Creative Opportunity Orchestra, a large experimental-jazz ensemble that explored free-form improvisation and composition. More than a quarter century later, CO2 is still going strong as one of the leading lights in Austin’s avant-garde music scene, releasing albums, putting on large-scale concerts, and sponsoring school programs. Born Jan. 18, 1954, Marsh, the daughter of a Marine, moved to Austin in 1977 after working as a singer of country, folk, and show tunes in New York City. With the creation of CO2, Marsh found her niche in the local music community with her adventurous, idiosyncratic vocal style, and – along with her many collaborators, including saxophonists Alex Coke and John Mills and choreographers Sally Jacques and Jose Bustamante – has built a consistent experimental arts community in central Texas. In recognition for her work as a singer, composer, and bandleader, Marsh was inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame in 2000. Among her many recordings are 1988’s Circle of Light (2000),  “a multicultural holiday recording” featuring 19 performers; and 2007’s Migration, recorded live at Austin’s Boyd Vance Theatre. – Josh Rosenblatt

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PAST RECOMMENDED SHOWS:
08/19/08 @ Salvage Vanguard Theater
Alex Coke CD Release
Internationally acclaimed Austin reedman Alex Coke believes It’s Possible (VoxLox). His first CD in several years is a series of duos and trios with local vocal legend Tina Marsh and former Austinite/MacArthur Fellow Steve Feld on bass box. The opening set features these three longtime compadres in various combinations, and the second includes Amsterdam bassist Arjen Gorter and drummer Jefferson Voorhees for a full-on quintet.
08/02/08 @ Salvage Vanguard Theater
Omar Tamez
The wonder shredder rolls solo and with Alex Coke, Arjen Gorter, and Tina Marsh. 9pm.
06/02/05 @ Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
'Nanook of the North'/An Evening of 4s
When Austin’s voice that roared tells you to “Bring the Heat,” you can rest assured Tina Marsh has already done so. The Creative Opportunity Orchestra’s heart and soul kicks off the collective’s fourth annual New Jazz series tonight (Thursday) at the Alamo with an original score to silent Nanook of the North, then brings numerology to the Eastside Victory Grill with a trio of jazz quartets. Colorado trumpeter Ron Miles, his Dallas counterpart Dennis Gonzalez packing local Carl Smith on sax, and Brannen Temple’s rhythm train with bassist Rachel Loy, keyman Kevin Lovejoy, and tenor sax/flutist Phillipe Vieux. The heat is on.
07/11/04 @ Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
Tina Marsh
Marsh "plays it cool" with pianist Eddy Hobizal, surrounded by sculptures of stone and ice.
Last Updated: March 6, 2009

A B C D E F G H I J K L M
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Born:
January 18, 1954
Genre: Classical, Jazz and Singer-Songwriter/Folk
Austin Music Awards:
1999: Hall of Fame Inductee
Full Discography:
Benediction
CreOp (1988)
 
RADIOactive
CreOp (1992)
 
Transformation
CreOp (1993)
 
The Heaven Line
CreOp (1994)
 
Out of Time
CreOp (1995)
 
Circle of Light
CreOp (2000)
 
Migration
CreOp (2007)
 
From the Archives:
Adam Conaway (Arts Story August 27, 2010)

In memoriam
Off the Record (Music Column September 11, 2009)

Music News
Tina Marsh (Arts Story June 19, 2009)

In memoriam
Off the Record (Music Column June 19, 2009)

Music News
Lasting Commitments (Arts Story May 23, 2008)

The 2008 class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
Austin Arts Hall of Fame: Class of 2008 (Arts Story April 25, 2008)

The seventh group of inductees includes individuals from the fields of architecture, comedy, music, and patronage
1999 Critics' Table Winners (Arts Story June 17, 1999)
Canis Interruptus (Arts Story June 17, 1999)
The Applicants
Painting With Sound (Arts Story February 11, 1999)

Tina Marsh Reviewed (Music Story June 16, 2006)

Better Git It in Your Soul (Music Story June 16, 2006)

Charles Mingus Among Us
Blue Lapis Light (Arts Story April 21, 2006)

Dancing across a skyscraper skeleton
Iraqnophobia (Music Story July 22, 2005)

Alex Coke saxes political
Tears for Ears (Arts Story July 22, 2005)

Vocalist Tina Marsh, pianist Eddy Hobizal, and cellist Terry Muir have recorded their delectably eclectic program from last summer's CO2 benefit, and the CD is out
ALL TINA MARSH ARCHIVES