Local man sounds good
March 29, 2012
For Tim Snider, world music is personal expression inspired by his travels.
Studying violin, guitar and percussion across the globe and incorporating influences like Ben Harper, Dave Matthews Band and Bill Withers, Snider surprises audiences with blends of foot-stomping, soul-stirring musical goodness.
When Snider was two months old, his grandmother, nearing her last days, held him in her arms and said, and#8220;Finally, this will be my violinist.and#8221; She had inherited her love of violin from her father, Theodore Post, who had studied violin at Julliard and Harvard and helped found the music department at University of Nevada, Reno.
A 3-year-old Snider, mesmerized by a performance by Itzhak Perlman on Sesame Street, begged his mother for violin lessons.
He played classical violin through elementary school, earning honors such as concertmaster of the Reno Junior Philharmonic at age 10. After learning guitar, he explored classic rock, blues, folk, funk, metal and grunge, playing in rock bands through high school. It wasnand#8217;t until he met a Latin guitar player from El Salvador that he was inspired to pick the violin back up.
Snider and Milton Merlos explored flamenco, Cuban salsa, and West African music, finally deciding to head to Spain to study flamenco guitar. The two spent what little funds they had on music lessons rather than on things like shower curtains, dishes or heat. After half a year of study and European backpacking, they returned to the United States in 2003, where Snider enrolled at UNR and started Soland#8217;Jibe, a group that blended American roots, world beat, and Latin rhythms into an inspired sound dubbed “World Rock.and#8221;
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Soland#8217;Jibe was named Renoand#8217;s Best Local Band four years in a row and sold out ticketed shows as large as 800 people. In 2005, the band traveled to Cuba to study at the National School of Music in Havana and toured through Central America. It opened for Michael Franti, Robert Randolph and Steel Pulse, while independently playing more than 200 festivals and shows a year across the US, Mexico, Canada and Cuba.
Today, Tim plays a solo show that loops layers of his stylistic violin, guitar, percussion and vocals to create a textured, inspiring live experience. In 2010, he produced his first EP, and#8220;The Delmar Sessions,and#8221; on which he played all the instruments. He just returned from a 15-stop European tour and currently is playing across the Pacific Northwest.
Tim Snider and the Sound Society includes Jason Thomas on drums, Zack Teran on upright bass and vocals, and Alex Miller on guitar.