Percussionist, Composer, Improviser
Tim DeCillis was born and raised in Rochester, NY, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in music performance from the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he studied classical percussion, jazz drum set and vibraphone, mallet music of Central America, and West African drumming and gyil. From there he went on to earn a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he also worked as a part time instructor, teaching lecture courses and private lessons. After that Tim made a name for himself playing music in Chicago, where he performed with, among others, Frank Rosaly, Nu Directions Chamber Brass, the Jarvis Raymond Trio, Lionel O, and Project Film. Since relocating to Oakland in 2014 he has begun to forge working relationships with many members of the vibrant Bay Area music scene, including Ryan Pate, Crystal Pascucci, Eli Wallace, Mark Clifford, and Jonah Udall, and explores his compositions as the leader of the group Harbinger, featuring Safa Shokrai, Theo Padouvas, Cory Wright, and Alex Cohen.