Tim Otto

Musician, Composer, Educator


Tim OttoTim Otto and Walter KuehrTim Otto
Photos L-R. In the studio; w/Walter Kuehr at Coney Island; Performing at the Jazz Composers Collective.

In my travels as a saxophonist and woodwind player, composer, teacher, arranger, producer/engineer, plus as a performer in films, TV and in theater, I've worked all over the globe; the one career highlight has to be playing in the remote Star Mountain highlands of Papua New Guinea 900 miles from the nearest road, at an arts festival with 30 different local tribes including Marlboro smoking mud men and (alledged) cannibals.
My latest project is here..buy/downloadhttp://timotto.bandcamp.com/album/city-state

Check out the Band page too, and listen to some music samples.
Here's one of my etudes for any clarinet - free download:  Etude for Bass Clarinet

Some bio stuff:
30 + years playing tenor, soprano, baritone and alto saxes. flutes, clarinet, bass clarinet, harmonica, drums, computers, piano, bass, trombone, guitar and composing. Recording sessions for pop, rock and jazz, TV, film and video, dance and theater productions. Band teacher at the Trevor Day School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan since 1992. American Music Center grant, ASCAP award, and Australian Arts Council grant recipient. Audio Engineer at Harvestworks/Studio Pass. NY, NY 1991-94.
Born Melbourne, Australia 1962. Started playing drums in 3rd grade, flute when I was around 10, then played in rock bands as a teenager, mainly on bass, then started on the sax when we needed horns for our ska covers. Moved to Sydney in 1983 and completed the Jazz Studies course at Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1986. Worked and toured all over Australia with many different jazz, rock and theater groups then relocated to NY in 1990, and been gigging and teaching here ever since.

Orchestral conducting w/ Vincent LaSelva - Julliard School, 2009/2010
Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia Class of 1987 - Studies w/Mike Nock, Roger Frampton, Don Burrows, James Morrison.
Sax studies w/John Barrett, (Melb), Col Loughlan, (Syd.).
Saxophone studies with Paul Cohen, Manhattan School of Music 1991
Composition studies with Edgar Grana 1996, (both in NY).

Contact info timottomusic@gmail.com

444 Manhattan Avenue, 6G. New York, NY 10026


New projects:
Tim Otto & Harmony Hall
- City State
My charts for school bands as recorded by Harmony Hall. See the Charts page for pricing and demos.

I can be seen and heard in the movie Dummy available on Netflix in the US, and  everywhere else on DVD.
Tim Otto appears in the movie 'Dummy'
I'm the drummer in Mila Jovovitchs' band, plus the clarinet player on the sound track. It's a comedy about a depressed suburban ventriloquist. Check out this clip:
Mila Jovovitch with Tim Otto clip
Mila J. on vocals, me on drums.

I can also be heard on the soundtrack of the movie. Clay Pigeons performing with Firewater.

Here's the website of one of my commercial working bands:

Tim Otto and the Bluetones

And for something completely different, please look at the page of one of my favorite artists:
Susan Graham

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