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WONDER
Progressive Rock / Pop Fusion
Wonder Draft Cover
release date October, 2019

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Fusing the power of progressive rock with the nurturing affection of lullabies, Wonder is an epic 28 track 2-volume tour de force. "A breathtaking array of music."

Following on the heels of his successful jazz double album Standard Deviations, Mueller has turned his virtuosic chops to Progressive Rock and Pop Fusion. The songs are full of complex tapestries of layered vocals, electric guitars, keyboards and percussion. The instrumentals merge electronica with full orchestral. Tobin Mueller exemplifies both definitions of 'wonder' with each composition...

WONDER:
    1)  a feeling of astonishment mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar or inexplicable;
    2)  or, a feeling of doubt and uncertainty sparking curiosity.

What began as an homage to youthful emergence grew into much more. There is a political aspect to this music, tempered by innocence, thoughfulness and love. Themes of independence are coupled with those of reliance and need. Naiveté is shadowed by the weight of experience. Awe expands into transcendence and redemption. Complexity gives way to symplicity then returns again. The album cycles between vocal pieces and instrumentals. This gives listeners a chance to contemplate, to daydream, to create a storyline, to view the journey from many perspectives.

Wonder and curiosity permeate the album. The cover-art is a portrait of Mueller's granddaughter, Laura, the daughter of Tobin's son Anton (featured vocalist on several songs). The back cover features Nora, daughter of Tobin's son Will (a doctorate in biology but also an excellent drummer).

Progressive Rock evolved at the crossroads of rock, jazz and classical music, infusing rock with a new sense virtuosity. It is inherently melodramatic, embodying the granduer of opera, the intricacy of the Baroque, the power of heavy metal. Many prog-rock albums celebrate classical myths and theatrical narratives. Wonder follows in that tradition, melding all these traits. It is expansive, experimental, enthusiastic and uplifting. It is also cautionary and caring. The scope of this collection is invigorating, a testiment to the best aspects of bewilderment and efflorescence.

Wonder is produced by Kenny Cash, Factory Underground Studios. Cash produced Mueller's previous albums Standard Deviations, Afterwords, Of Two Minds and Flow. Album art is by John Shyloski, also of Factory Underground Studios.

The bonus tracks at the bottom of this webpage are not included on the CD. They are free to download.

Special thanks: Kenny Cash, Tom Stewart, Bill Bletzinger, Patrick Wayland, Marc Alan, Suzanne DelTufo, Anton Mueller and especially my grandkids Laura, Nora and Chase for all the inspiration their innocence and love provides.

MP3s and Liner Notes
Alterntive Cover Volume 1
• When The Future Comes
• Let The Rumpus Begin
• Rebellion is a Lullaby (to the boy inside)
• Rock The Baby
• Over The World (instrumental)
• Speak Truth To Power
• The Long Sleep
• Dare To Sing
• Ascent Of Wonder
• Gethsemane Revisited
• I Won’t Leave You (medley)
• I Won’t Leave you (instrumental)

Volume 2
• Before There Were Gods
• Pandora's Box
• Puzzle City
• Lilith's Lament
• Was There Once a Time
• Chaos is a Ladder
• Dreams (Awake to Me)
• Out of Toyland
• What Thou Lovest Well
• Merlin's Awakening
• Let Yourself Dream
• Lady of the Lake
• Pull Me Home
• What I Was Thinking While You Were Talking
• Loolay Lullaby
• God Bless America

Bonus Tracks
• Relentless Chaos of the Ocean
• Queen Crimson
• Charon's Requiem (alternative version)
• Out of the Forest (instrumental)
• Borate Zone (Please Eat)
• The Chimney Speech
• When You Awake to Me (alternative jazz version)
Volume One
1.
When The Future Comes
(7:46) [lyrics]

This impressionistic song of survival, emergence and immigration acts as a prologue. Newly arranged, edited and remastered (song from Audiocracy: Revolution's Son), features new piano additions by Tobin Mueller, along with organ, synths, backwards drum programming and additional vocals; acoustic guitar by Anton Mueller; electric guitars by Bob Piper; drums by Rob Thurman. "There are thousand, maybe millions now, coming over the hill. Past the wreckage of the dreams they've sown and will cherish still..."

2.
Let The Rumpus Begin
(2:35)

Progressive rock instrumental collaboration with Vancouver B.C. duo Shadow of Nine, featuring Lennon Loveday on guitars. Tobin Mueller plays all keyboards. Celebrating play, the title is an homage to children's classic "Where The Wild Things Are".

3.
Rebellion is a Lullaby (to the boy inside)
(6:14) [lyrics]

Newly arranged, edited and remastered version of Revolution's Son from Audiocracy. Features lead vocals and bass by Anton Mueller; additional vocals, organ, synths, percussion by Tobin Mueller; guitars by Darren Chapman; drums by Rob Thurman. "Beyond every law of the Father is the tearing off of the label for the boy inside to realize the boy inside."

4.
Rock The Baby
(2:35)

A collaboration between continents, Tobin Mueller's arrangement places The African Wêreld Choir in the center as he creates a multicultural new take on the lullaby. Features Tobin on piano, electric piano, organ, synths, percussion; Frank Dagostino on guitars.

5.
Escaping The Fray Zone (instrumental)
(9:31)

This music was originally written a 1992 science fiction musical Mueller never completed, Dreamless. It was later adapted into a 14 minute scene from Mueller's Off Broadway show Creature (1996) under the title Over the World. Mueller's progressive rock band Audiocracy recorded a version for their concept album Revolution's Son retitling it Escaping The Fray Zone. This latest version features new piano additions by Tobin along with organ, synths, piano, percussion and adaptive guitar.

6.
Speak Truth To Power
(4:41) [lyrics]

A hard rock revolutionary anthem. Features Anton Mueller (lead vocals, bass); Tobin Mueller (additional vocals, organ, synths); Darren Chapman (guitars); Rob Thurman (drums). "Gather like flowers all the promises of Eden once told. Speak truth to power and then just walk way."

7.
The Long Sleep
(2:13)

Although titled like a lullaby, this music is actually a New Orleans funeral second line procession. Mueller explains, "When I was younger, I always considered falling asleep to be akin to death. It's only fitting that I write a lullaby that doubles as a funeral procession."

8.
Dare To Sing
(6:50) [lyrics]

A post-Eden love song. Features: lead vocals, bass and acoustic guitar by Anton Mueller; additional vocals, organ, synths, percussion by Tobin Mueller; electric guitars by Tadashi Togawa. "Like a story with an ending you can write if you turn the ink to blood."

9.
Ascent Of Wonder
(5:36)

Composed and first recorded in 1992, this track was to provide background music to a science fiction musical Mueller never completed, Dreamless. He eventually adapted it for his 1996 Off Broadway rock opera Creature. It was originally titled Grave Robbing. The dramatic ending underscores the souls resurrecting before being combined into the body of the Creature). This version features Steve Stone (Dolby Labs) on guitars and drums. Mueller plays all keyboards and additional percussion.

10.
Gethsemane Revisited
(4:28) [lyrics]

A new arrangement of Gethsemane Again from Audiocracy: Revolution's Son, edited, remastered and renamed. Features Anton Mueller (lead vocals); Tobin Mueller (additional vocals, organ, synths, bass, drum programming). A personal interpretation of the most honest passage in the Bible, the moment God decides to remain silent and leaves his Son to decide for himself. "Time is running out on everything I thought was true and holy."

11.
I Won't Leave You (medley)
(5:04) [lyrics]

A dramatic lullaby anthem. This music first appeared as the finale from Mueller's Off Broadway show Creature in 1996 (the second half ot the medley). It was later adapted for his 2005 Off Broadway musical drama Runners In A Dream as quiet lullaby (the first section of medley). This new version combines the two, with new piano accompaniment. Vocalists in order of appearance: Michael Seelbach, Emily Rohm, Gail Goebel, Tobin Mueller, Tim Cunningham and Deb Fett. "What survives here will make sense of my life for you."

12.
I Won't Leave You (instrumental)
(5:30)

As stated above, this music first appeared as the finale from Mueller's Off Broadway show Creature. It was later adapted for his 2005 Off Broadway musical drama Runners In A Dream as quiet lullaby. This new arrangement is meant as a kind of concerto epilogue. Additional reinterpretations of this music can be found on Afterwords and Afterwords Bonus Tracks under the title One With Stars.

All music and lyrics by Tobin Mueller
except “Let The Rumpus Begin” by Tobin Mueller & Lennon Loveday; "Dare to Sing" by Tobin & Anton Mueller.
©2019 Tobin Mueller
Volume Two
13.
Before There Were Gods
(6:11) [lyrics]

A beautiful love song combining themes of timeless innocence, reincarnation, deep connection. A collaboration between Mueller and Grammy-winning guitarist Michael Hedges, remastered. Mueller transfornms Hedge's haunting instrumental "Lenona" (1981), with the blessings of the Michael Hedge's Estate. Fretless bass is played by the new age pianist George Winston. "Before there were gods, before we knew the difference. Before there were lines that marked the land, you knew me. That’s what you said." (Adapted from a comment Tobin's wife Suzanne made to him 20 years ago.)

14.
Pandora's Box
(1:56)

Another progressive rock instrumental collaboration with Vancouver B.C. duo Shadow of Nine, featuring Lennon Loveday on drums, guitars. Tobin Mueller plays all keyboards. The abrupt end indicates the moment Pandoar opens her fabled box...

15.
Puzzle City
(2:28) [lyrics]

An example of layered vocals combining progressive rock and dense jazz harmonies. Newly arranged, edited and remastered version from Audiocracy: Revolution's Son, features Bob Piper (guitars); Anton Mueller (lead vocals); Tobin Mueller (additional vocals, organ, synths); Scott Rockenfield (drums). "Falling angels beyond proofs, like confetti made of stars." This song follows "Pandora's Box" by design.

16.
Lilith's Lament
(2:21)

The residue of Pandora's Box continues in this Trent Reznor inspired experiment combining Industrial Rock, Jazz and Opera. First published under the title Charon's Requiem (see Bonus tracks below), this trancated version includes new additions by Tobin Mueller on acoustic and eletric pianos, in addition to his original glitchy synths, bass and drum programming. Features Alessandra Zwegler, vocalist.

17.
Was There Once A Time
(3:38) [lyrics]

This song was written after 9/11/2001 while Mueller was living in New York City. It was later adapted (altered lyrics) for his 2005 Off Broadway musical drama Runners In A Dream. The original version appears on for tribute album The September 11 Project: Ten Years Later released in 2011. This version, newly arranged, maintains the original lyrics. "Was there once a time when lives went on and on and on? And what we knew as love would somehow shield and conquer all?"

18.
Chaos Is A Ladder
(5:38)

This piece combines two songs Mueller originally wrote for Merlyn, another musical he never finish. The opening organ prelude was originally title Vortigern's Fortress, referencing King Vortigern, the man who grabbed the British throne from Constantine, fathered Ambrosius Aurelianus and Uther Pendragon, grandfathered King Arthur. As a boy, Merlyn's vision helps save Vortigern's fortress and establishes Merlyn as a seer. This version pairs it with with Mueller's Escape from the Crystal Caves underscoring, when, in the story, a grown Merlyn escapes Vortigern's book burning decree and the destruction of the Crystal Cave library. The music's joyousness reflects Merlyn's secret desire to be free of his burdens, how he uses this chaos as a ladder to climb out of his confining life. (It is also an homage to Littlefinger's quote from Game of Thrones.)

19.
Dreams (Awake to Me)
(2:09) [lyrics]

A simple lullaby that doubles as a love song. This is one of Mueller's most successful songs, covered by several singers through the years. Originally composed for Mueller's 1996 Off Broadway musical Creature, it was later repurposed for Runners In A Dream. Emily Rohm's version appears on the Frankenspell Superstar soundtrack. Woody Mankowsky's jazz version appears on If I Could Live Long Enough. This bare-bones version is by Aaron Paul who played the character Amichai in Runners In A Dream. "When you awake to me,
 all the world’s ache will fall away, like clay, cleaned away." The "clay" in that line refers to sculpter’s clay, since Victor Frankenstein (in Mueller's version of the story) is not just a surgeon but a sculpter as well.

20.
Out of Toyland
(4:04)

Based on several holiday tunes, including Toyland, Carol of the Bells, She Moved Through the Fair and Auld Lang Syne, this was first released as a Bonus Track on Tobin Mueller's 2013 Christmas album, Midwinter Born. Jim Edwards plays guitars, Mueller plays all other instruments.

21.
What Thou Lovest Well
(4:28) [lyrics]

Composed in 1976 while Mueller was still in college, the title of this gentle waltz is inspired by Ezra Pounds' Cantos (written while he was imprisoned by the fascist dictatorship in Italy during WWII). This version incorporates backing vocals by the L.A. singer Joseph Gray. "So our hearts and our minds gather in treasures that our joy tells us is ours."

22.
Merlin's Awakening
(5:41)

Mueller composed this piece for a friend's wedding processional back in 1994. He then arranged it for his unpublished musical Merlyn) and recorded it in 2004. All instruments are played by keyboard except the hand percussion which Mueller played and recorded by hand. This version includes acoustic piano additions, recorded in 2019 (as have all the piano additions on this album).

23.
Let Yourself Dream
(3:28) [lyrics]

Written as a stream-of-conciousness lullaby for Mueller's 2005 Off Broadway musical, Runners In A Dream, he recorded a version of it for his 2013 release Hard Place To Find. This is a new arrangement. "There’s a vision inside you, that you are something more than what people see: Something holy."

24.
Lady of the Lake
(2:04)

Originally composed for Mueller's unfinished Celtic musical Merlyn, this arrangement features the vocalese of Mystified. Mueller discusses dreams that helped inspire the show in his memoir Book of Dreams, pages 44-50.

25.
Pull Me Home
(4:34) [lyrics]

Mueller wrote the first version of this song in 1980, altering the lyrics and adding the bridge/coda in 2001. This is an all new arrangement adding fretless bass, strings and harp to the original nylon string guitar accompanimenmt. The prior arrangement appeared on Mueller's 2016 release If I Could Live Long Enough. "Let me fall past the notions of the world I know. Past it all. Past this soul. Where wordless senses start, let me reach out beyond the help of God, with no belief to hold, just this love I know."

26.
What I Was Thinking While You Were Talking
(4:16)

The original version of this tune was forged as an experiment through the website MacJams.com in 2006. The late great guitarist Fran 'Ziti' Dagostino from Boston posted an acoustic guitar track. This track was then proccessed, flip, manipulated by 'Deputy Doofy' then passed along to Tobin Mueller. All keyboards are played by Mueller. This version is an edited remastering of the original. The original appeared on Mueller's 2014 release Come In Funky.

27.
Loolay Lullaby
(2:48) [lyrics]

Composed in 1985, this song was written to Tobin's second son, William Francis Mueller (born 1984), father of Nora (who graces the back of the CD). It was first recorded for Mueller's 2007 album A Bit of Light. It is fitting to complete this collection with a lullaby written to the father of one of the grandchildren to which the album is dedicated. "The suppleness of brightening night will soothe and mend, and all the dreams I’ve spun to you will lend."

28.
God Bless America
(0:43)

BONUS TRACK: Tobin's daughter, Dale Mueller, sings this iconic American song learned at school. It was recorded in 1992 just as she turned 3.

All music and lyrics by Tobin Mueller, except: "Before There Were Gods" by Michael Hedges & Tobin Mueller; "Puzzle City" by Bob Pier & Tobin Mueller; “Pandora's Box” by Tobin Mueller & Lennon Loveday; "Toyland" by Victor Herbert; "Auld Lang Syne" (traditional); "God Bless America" by Irving Berlin.
©2019 Tobin Mueller

Bonus Tracks
A.
Relentless Chaos of the Ocean
(4:50)

This track was edited and remastered to be on this album but will instead appear on Mueller's upcoming Best of Piano compilation, TOBIN MUELLER: Best Piano Solos.

B.
Queen Crimson
(4:50)

A collaboration that first appeared on MacJams.com. A prelude/etude experiment with GarageBand settings, sounds and live guitars.

C.
Charon's Requiem
(5:27)

Original collaboration between Mueller and opera singer Alessandra Zwegler, uncut, prior to added electric keyboards and acoustic piano.

D.
Out of the Forest (instrumental)
(4:48)

Originally composed for Mueller's 1991 CenterStage musical Robin Hood (which ran Off Broadway from 1994-5 under the title Freedom's First Light), this new arrangement features Mueller on piano, backed by an orchestra in which he also plays every instrument. I did not make the cut for this album.

E.
Borate Zone: Please Eat
(3:53)

Collaboration between the online digital artist Borate and Tobin Mueller. Incorprates the iconic Twighlight Zone quote.

F.
The Chimney Speech
(2:05)

Taken from Mueller's 2005 Off Broadway musical, Runners In A Dream, this speech is recited by Aaron Paul (see "Dreams (Awake to Me" above) playing the character of Amichai. He is explaining the chimnneys to the young Ilse.

G.
When You Awake to Me
(4:51)

An alternative jazz version sung by Woody Mankowski, from Mueller's If I Could Live Long Enough album

Tobin in his D&D Wizard Hat
Tobin's Jazz Collection
JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Standard Deviations cover
Standard Deviations - Jazz/Blues - Keyboardist Tobin Mueller is joined by Grammy-winner Paul Nelson (guitars), Woody Mankowski (saxophones), Lamar Moore & Mike Nappi (percussionists) to breathe new life into 33 standards in this fresh Two Volume CD. An homage to Monk, Ellington, Gershwin, Brubeck, Bernstein, Berlin, Kern, Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, Lennon-McCartney, Richard Rodgers, Harold Arlen, Billy Strayhorn, Charlie Parker, Henri Mancini and more. "The greatest collection of reimagined standards in the last decade."
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Come In Funky Old School Funk and and small combo Jazz featuring legendary bassist Ron Carter. "You guys can play! These are, almost without exception, very complicated numbers in terms of rhythm and the general sync of solos with ensemble playing, a stellar set of recordings that, I believe, adds seriously to the body of jazz that this represents. A remarkable work in every single way I can think of. This is such a bright and happy album that is played with a spirit of invention and joy from the first notes to the last." - Paul Page
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The Muller's Wheel is a collaborative project combining the talents of pianist Tobin Mueller and saxophonist Woody Mankowski, featuring their jazz quartet and their larger 8-pieace ensemble, playing swing to bop to fusion to funk. The styles of Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Herbie Hancock, The Brecker Brothers, Weather Report and more influence this homage to the jazz greats. This is joyous music. "It reminds us of the happiness we relive when returning to our musical roots," say Mueller and Mankowski.
Rain Bather cover
Rain Bather is an 80 minute long play CD featuring superlative solo performances by all-star band members. Most of the tunes are in the jazz-funk-fusion vein, but many others try to break new ground, defying easy labels. Tobin Mueller - B3 organ, synth; Woody Mankowski - soprano sax; Chris Mueller - acoustic piano; Jeff Cox - acoustic bass; Dane Richeson - drums; Tom Washatka - tenor sax; Doug Schnieder - tenor sax; Ken Schaphorst - flugelhorn; Bob Levy - trumpet; Sal Giorgianni - flute; Bill Barner - clarinet.
SOLO PIANO JAZZ
Afterwords cover
Afterwords - Combining spoken word and solo piano, Tobin "illustrates" his favorite works of literature with a wide variety of new musical compositions. He pays homage to classic authors like Hemmingway, Steinbeck, Vonnegut, Faulkner, as well as new authors Dave Eggers, Chuck Palahniuk, Aimee Bender and China Miéville. Musical influences include Oscar Peterson, Hiromi, Brad Maldheu, Fred Hersch, John Taylor, even Keith Emerson. "An astonishing work of art."
Of Two Minds cover
Of Two Minds: The Music of Frédéric Chopin and Tobin Mueller, especially Disc 2 - Tobin plays Tobin. Three original jazz piano sonatas make up Disc 2. Each shows Chopin influences, but draws more from contemporaries Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck and Keith Jarrett. "One would be hard-pressed to find an artist with a more creative musical mind than Tobin Mueller’s - especially one with the playing chops to fulfill his or her vision." Fanfare Magazine's 2016 Editor's Choice Award.
Flow cover
Flow: The Music of J.S. Bach and Tobin Mueller, especially Disc 2 - Tobin plays Tobin. Two post-bop jazz piano suites make up Disc 2. Each shows Bach influences, but draws more from contemporaries Brad Mehldau, Fred Hersch and Gerald Clayton. "This may be the pianist-composer’s most ambitious and sophisticated recording project to date... a journey that inevitably explores the interactions of Baroque and jazz." Fanfare Magazine's 2015 Editor's Choice Award.
Impressions of Water and Light cover
Impressions of Water and Light is an exploration of the cross-inspirations between Impressionist and contemporary jazz piano, including adaptations of music by Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Satie, Ibert and Carpenter. "The listener has the sense that Mueller is having his personal conversation as a composer and pianist with these great 19th- and 20th-century composers." This is third album of "The Masterworks Trilogy" which includes Flow and Of Two Minds.
Impressions of Water and Light cover
Midwinter Born is a collection of jazz piano interpretations of traditional Christmas carols. Mueller captures the quiet simplicity, expectant playfulness and over-riding joy of the season. The 18 track album includes: First Noel, Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Holy Night, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Carol of the Bells, Lo How A Rose E'er Bloom, Good King Wenceslas, Still, Still, Still and many more.
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Morning Whispers is Tobin's first solo piano collection, a song cycle of tragic beauty. Music of healing and introspection, these New Age and Neo-Classical pieces do more than evoke emotion: they tell stories. Influences include Aaron Copland, Bill Evans, David Lanz, Liz Story. Several of these piano pieces have since been used in film and documentaries.
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13 Masks is Tobin's second solo piano collection. An exploration of the links between avant-garde 20th Century music and jazz, influences include Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck, Art Tatum, John Medeski, as well as classical composers Shostakovich, Ligeti, Bartok. "A truly unique album with music to really sink your teeth into."
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Afterwords: Solo Piano Bonus Tracks - For those of you who prefer music without any interruptions, seven of the best tracks from Afterwords have been remastered with the talking edited out. Originally conceived for distribution to jazz radio stations, this Bonus Album is now avaiilable to the egeneral public. Influences include Oscar Peterson, Hiromi, Brad Maldheu, Fred Hersch, John Taylor; post-bop, stride, new age, classic jazz.
Tobin's Other CD Collections
Tobin's Solo Piano Collection
Flow cover
Flow: The Music of J.S. Bach and Tobin Mueller is a double album featuring Mueller's reinterpretations of Bach's greatest hits (Disc 1) plus two original jazz piano suites by Mueller (Disc 2). Inventive, playful, joyous, beautiful, full of emotion and intelligence. Mueller embraces the sense of timelessness one achieves when in the state of flow, bridging the centuries, letting Bach's 300 year old manuscripts inspire through new expression. Jazz influences include Brad Mehldau, Fred Hersch, Gerald Clayton. "This may be the pianist-composer’s most ambitious and sophisticated recording. Highly recommended." Fanfare Magazine's 2015 Editor's Choice.
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Of Two Minds: The Music of Frédéric Chopin and Tobin Mueller is the final addition to Mueller's "Masterworks Trilogy" in which he explores the intersections of classical and jazz piano. Mueller reinterprets Chopin's most iconic piano solos (Disc 1) and uses the preludes to inspire three original jazz piano sonatas (Disc 2). Seductive, rebellious, heroic and beautiful. Jazz influences include Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, Keith Jarrett. "One would be hard-pressed to find an artist with a more creative musical mind than Tobin Mueller’s." Fanfare Magazine's 2016 Editor's Choice.
Impressions of Water and Light cover
Impressions of Water & Light is an exploration of the cross-inspirations between Impressionist and jazz piano, including adaptations of music by Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Satie, Ibert and Carpenter. Tobin uses the written notes as if they are light and his imagination as if it is water, creating all new interpretations. This post-Impressionist music illustrates the intimacy between jazz and Impressionist music. You will never hear these works the same again. The gorgeous CD booklet is a work of art in itself, pairing an Impressionist painting with each piece. One of the three album in Mueller's "Masterworks Trilogy".
Impressions of Water and Light cover
Midwinter Born is a collection of jazz piano interpretations of traditional Christmas carols. Mueller captures the quiet simplicity, expectant playfulness and over-riding joy of the season. A delightful and sometimes surprising album destined to become one of your annual holiday favorites. The 18 track album includes: First Noel, Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Holy Night, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Carol of the Bells, Lo How A Rose E'er Bloom, Good King Wenceslas, Still, Still, Still and many more.
Morning Whispers cover
Morning Whispers is Tobin's first solo piano collection, a song cycle of tragic beauty. Music of healing and introspection. The use of key changes, unusual time signatures, and other variational devices makes this work involving, not merely New Age background music. Its gentle intensity, however, does not detract from its healing essence, its sense of inner joy. Influences include Aaron Copland, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Bill Evans, David Lanz, Liz Story. Several of these piano pieces have since been used in film and documentaries.
13 Masks cover
13 Masks is Tobin's second solo piano collection. An exploration of the links between avant-garde 20th Century music and jazz. Tobin used illustrations of 13 medieval masks to inspire songs combining ragtime, jazz and 20th Century avant-garde classical. Influences include Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck, Art Tatum, Scott Joplin, John Medeski, as well as classical composers Shostakovich, Ligeti, Bartok. These pieces will startle and delight. "A truly unique album with music to really sink your teeth into."
Afterwords cover
Afterwords - Combining spoken word and solo piano, Tobin "illustrates" his favorite works of literature with a wide variety of new musical compositions. He pays homage to classic authors like Hemmingway, Steinbeck, Vonnegut, Faulkner, as well as new authors Dave Eggers, Chuck Palahniuk, Aimee Bender and China Miéville. Musical influences include Oscar Peterson, Hiromi, Brad Maldheu, Fred Hersch, John Taylor, even Keith Emerson. "An astonishing work of art." Jazziz's 2017 Critics' Choice.
Afterwords: Bonus Tracks cover
Afterwords: Solo Piano Bonus Tracks - For those of you who prefer music without any interruptions, seven of the best tracks from Afterwords have been remastered with the talking edited out. Originally conceived for distribution to jazz radio stations, this Bonus Album is now avaiilable to the egeneral public. Influences include Oscar Peterson, Hiromi, Brad Maldheu, Fred Hersch, John Taylor; post-bop, stride, new age, classic jazz.
Standard Deviations cover
Standard Deviations - Jazz/Blues - Although this is mainly an ensemble album, half the tracks on Disc 2 of this two volume recording are solo piano arrangements. Think of this is a piano album with fabulous guest artists sitting in on 2/3s of the tunes! See Standard Deviations project page for complete Liner Notes and several Bonus Tracks. "The greatest collection of reimagined standards in the last decade."
Tobin's Rock Collection
Progressive Rock
WONDER cover
WONDER - progressive rock/pop fusion. This tour de force double album combines the power and virtuosity of prog with the intimate simplicity of lullabies. Track list alternates between vocals songs and instrumentals, giving time to contemplate Mueller's poetic lyrics. Styles transcends prog and pop, with influences of jazz, classical, electronica and world music layered throughout. Features rearrangements of songs from his Audiocracy years, rock operas and stage shows, plus new material certain to blow you away.
Alternative Rock
A Bit of Light cover
A Bit of Light - A progressive folk / cross-genre collection of songs Tobin's been accumulating for a decade, A Bit of Light includes some of his favorite collaborations with saxophonists, fiddle players and guitarists, mixing jazz, bluegrass, tango and folk-rock. World renown violinist Entcho Todorov, Grammy winner saxophonist Danny McCaslin and L.A.'s Woody Mankowski, Enlish fiddler player Martyn Kember-Smith and guitarist John Luper provide fabulous highlights. The CD comes with a digital booklet in PDF format.
If I Live Long Enough cover
If I Could Live Long Enough - Previously unreleased outtakes from earlier projects, including the 1998-1999 Rain Bather sessions, the 2004-2006 MacJams collaborations, and selected songs from two of Mueller's musicals: Creature and Runners In A Dream. Featuring acoustic guitar by Grammy winner Michael Hedges, vocals by Woody Mankowski and Emily Rohm, and some of Mueller's best songwriting. Six free Bonus Tracks available here.
September 11 Project
September 11 Project cover
September 11 Project: Ten Years Later - Music written following 9/11/2001. Tobin was asked to participate in the 10th anniversary at Ground Zero ceremony and revisted these songs. He decided to put them out as an album instead of keep them to myself. Since he was unable to sing at the event, after contracting a lung disorder, this music gained layers of poignancy. Recorded in the months following the tragedy.
Progressive Rock
Audiocracy cover
AUDIOCRACY is an international progressive rock collective. Their poetic writing and virtuosic performances make their high energy music life-affirming and uplifting, even considering the apocalyptic nature of their first release. Revolution's Son has been called "a masterpiece in the Epic Prog tradition." Progressive Magazine gave it 4 out 5 stars. Th story follows a revolutionary who comes to The City to be a catalyst for change and a prophet of truth. He falls into an Underground that urges a less innocent approach to change, leading to a post-apocalyptic finish. High energy, impressionistic prog.
Musicals
Best Of CenterStage cover
TOBIN MUELLER: Best of the CenterStage Years - soundtrack/musicals. Compilation of 42 songs from Mueller's 9 musicals produced under the CenterStage banner. Volume One highlights his delightful children's pop rock educational music; Volume Two presents his rock opera and dramatic Broadway offerings. From humorous wordplay to romantic soliloquys ro rock anthems, this music informs, inspires, entertains and satisfies.
Tobin's Standards Collection
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Standard Deviations - Jazz/Blues - The only instrumental album in Tobin's "Standards" collection. An homage to Monk, Ellington, Gershwin, Brubeck, Hoagy Carmichael, Lennon-McCartney, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Henri Mancini, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer and more, featuring great players and innovative arrangements. "The greatest collection of reimagined standards in the last decade."
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Song Of Myself - Tobin's favorite songs from The American Songbook, reinterpretted. Intimate, heartfelt, devistatingly honest music. Complete lyrics and song notes are linked from Tobin's Song of Myself page. Ballads, blues, showtunes, folk rock, jazz - the music of Tobin's roots. These are songs he's song for decades, arrangements that have evolved and matured with him. "American Tune" by Paul Simon. "Blackbird" by Paul McCartney. Bob Dylan's "Dignity." A Joni Mitchell and an Elton John medly. "Being Alive" from Company (Stephen Sondheim). "Impossible Dream" from Man of la Mancha. "Oh Danny Boy." "Frozen Man" by James Taylor. Many more, plus two original songs by Tobin Mueller.
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Hard Place To Find - Tobin has released a second volume of his favorite songs from The American Songbook. Complete lyrics and song notes are linked from Tobin's Hard Place To Find project page. "Still Crazy" by Paul Simon. Bob Dylan's "Shelter from the Storm" and "Bob Dylan's Dream." Richie Haven's "Paradise." "Dulcinea" from Man of la Mancha. "Alfie" by Bacharach. "Somewhere" from West Side Story. Many more, plus one original song by Tobin Mueller. All songs have to do with journeying, questing, searching. Released June 2nd, 2013. "Tobin Mueller is something of a Renaissance man of the arts, and 'Hard Place To Find' presents another volume in his prolific and impressive output. More of an art-music album than a pop release, I recommend it if you are looking for something different and deeply personal!" - Kathy Parsons, Mainly Piano
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A Bit of Light - A progressive folk / cross-genre collection of songs featuring Mueller's vocals and a long list of his best friends and collaborators, including world renown violinist Entcho Todorov, Grammy winner saxophonist Danny McCaslin, L.A. saxophonist Woody Mankowski, English fiddler player Martyn Kember-Smith and Texan guitarist John Luper provide fabulous highlights. The music melds jazz, bluegrass, tango and folk-rock. The CD comes with a digital booklet in PDF format.
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If I Could Live Long Enough - Previously unreleased outtakes from earlier projects, including the 1998-1999 Rain Bather sessions, the 2004-2006 MacJams collaborations, and selected songs from two of Mueller's musicals - Creature and Runners In A Dream. Featuring acoustic guitar by Grammy winner Michael Hedges, vocals by Woody Mankowski and Emily Rohm, and some of Mueller's best songwriting. 6 free Bonus Tracks available here.
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September 11 Project: Ten Years Later - Music written following 9/11/2001. Tobin was asked to participate in the 10th anniversary at Ground Zero ceremony and revisted these songs. He decided to put them out as an album instead of keep them to myself. Since he was unable to sing at the event, after contracting a lung disorder, this music gained layers of poignancy. Recorded in the months following the tragedy.
Children's Educational Music: CenterStage-Musicals
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One of the highlights of Tobin's career was working with the United Nations and environmental NGOs during the late 80s and early 90s. In addition to writing environmental plays for youths that toured the world, he help plan international events that empowered youths in the worldwide environmental movement. Tobin wrote the tune that was adopted as the UNEP Youth theme song: We Are The Ones.

From 1987 to 1994, before moving to New York City and concentrating on Broadway and Off Broadway theatre, he wrote a series of youth educational musicals through CenterStage Productions:

To Save the Planet, an environmental musical.
Danger Dinosaurs, about the exctinction of the dinosaurs and the importance of friends.
Music of the Planets, about the solar system.
Mickey Spleen Saves the Day, swing-jazz anatomy musical.
I Want to Know, about the history of science & invention.
The Sound of Money, about economics.
Say "Yes" to Life, anti-drug/pro-self musical.
Frankenspell Superstar, Tale of a Man-Made Messiah, based on Frankenstein.
Robin Hood and the Free People of the Forest, musical drama about freedom and revolution.
Tobin Mueller: The Best of the CenterStage Years, a 2-volume 44-track compilation.
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TOBIN MUELLER: Best of the CenterStage Years - soundtrack/musicals. Compilation of 42 songs from Mueller's 9 musicals produced under the CenterStage banner. Volume One highlights his delightful children's educational music; Volume Two presents his Broadway offerings. From humorous wordplay to clever histories, romantic soliloquys to powerful rock opera duets, this music informs, inspires, entertains and satisfies.

*Available directly from Tobin Mueller. Contact him for more information.