Released: 11/23/15

This EP is some of the material written and recorded during the Zen Summer period that didn’t make the proper LP. I think of it as a remote island off of the mainland of Zen Summer. The last track is a reprisal of a song called “Sunshine Psych.” This track is the sun setting on the entire era for me. I picture the credits to role on the period, a scene from the Mighty Ducks 2 was a big inspiration, where the characters gather around a fire after the wave of their adventure has crested.

All songs written and recorded by Tyler Taormina. Mixed by Cole Verderber, mastered by TJ Lipple—with the exception of “Trees All Right” mixed by Nolan Eley
-Brush The Flowers Off: David Broyles on guitar. Field recordings by Brianna Taormina.
-Patience Through The Storm: Guitar by Jon Davies.
-Trees All Right: Guitar by David Broyles and Jon Davies.
-Song For Campfire: Guitar by Casey Jacobs and Ken Korb. Singing by Ena Alvarado, Cole Verderber, Joey Puleio, Ken Korb.

Released: 4/28/15

Zen Summer is a collection of songs and reminders (as they often are) that I wrote for myself while documenting my experiences leaving life’s coddling comforts. Listen to this album on a summer afternoon in that hour when the sun makes its gorgeous descent and the shadows are long. Keep your friends close by.

All songs written and recorded by Tyler Taormina, Cloud. Produced by a great friend, Cole Verderber, in 2013-2014 when we were still 22,23.

With great thanks to my personal heroes for helping me find peace when I can; Mom, Dad, William Jackson, Thich Nhat Hanh, Kate Bush, Noah Lennox, Jonathan Richman, Ibrahim Ferrer, David Weld’s Sanctuary, and of course, great friends.

Fly Into The Mystery
-Guitar by Casey Jacobs, David Broyles
-Bass by Konrad Kamm

Sunshine Psych
-Guitar by Casey Jacobs, Jon Davies
-Vocals by Cole Verderber, Ena Alvarado, Joey Puleio
-Drums by Tommy Hanft

Mantra One
-Guitar by Jon Davies
-Bass by Ken Korb, Samira Winter
-Advice from Rich Venezia

Luana
-Guitar by Robbie Prisco
-Voices by Jing Wen (???)

Electrical Smile
-Guitar by Jon Davies

Zen Summer
-Guitar by Jon Davies
-Field recordings by Brianna Taormina, Brendan Mattox

Tastes Bad
-Guitar by Michael Mausler
-Vocals by Michael Mausler
-Bass by Robbie Prisco
-Additional Percussion by Ken Korb

Sleepy Giant Speak
-Guitar by Jon Davies

Night Ride
-Guitar by Casey Jacobs
-Additional drums by Omar Saeed
-Voices by Jing
-Additional guitar by Ken Korb

Rainbow Road
-Choir: Brianna Taormina, Melanie Cozzolino, Lauren Baruch, Ashley Smalley, Danielle Valenti, Leah Pape, Valerie Kamen, Cassie Vitozzi, Kyrie Gentilcore, and Marissa Gesualdi

Released: 9/20/12

Sometimes you walk around your room trying to shake it off and it doesnʼt come off. After pacing the floor, you decide that the only thing you can do is go for a bike ride or walk or something. You walk around looking down with your music on as you have an entire conversation with yourself over and over again. Youʼve convinced yourself that everything is terrible and spend every step trying to reverse the spell saying “everything is not so bad.” Itʼs not so bad. Listen to this album on that walk. I hope it brings you some comfort

Recorded during a hot summer when I was 21. I would drive around in my grandmaʼs 88 Cadillac Coup DeVille which played cassettes only. I would only drive to and from work at the Sheraton Hotel because my car only took 15 miles to the gallon. That job was probably my favorite- serving food at those weddings. Nostalgic and slow in the dead heat of season. Straight from work Iʼd hurry to the practice room to lay down tracks with the insane amount of people who came in and out helping me with various instruments including:

Produced by the nicest guy I know, Cole Verderber
Kenny Korb- Guitar on tracks 1,3,4,5,6
" " Vox on track 1
Konrad Kamm- Bass on 1,2,3,5,10,11
Jon Davies- Guitar on tracks 2,3,8,9,10,11
Samira Winter- Vocals on tracks 1,5
Joey Puleio- Drums on tracks 4,5,8
Tommy Hanft- Drums on track 6
Russell Ridulfo- Trumpet on tracks 3,5,11
Irene Alvarado- Violin on tracks 5,9
Tom Macaluso- Trombone on tracks 1,9
Greg Salwen- Vocals on tracks 1,2
Michael Mausler- Vocals on track 4
Pat Gray- Saxaphone on track 2
Omar Saeed- Drums on track 11
Brendan Mattox- Vox on track 1
The choir includes all my friends- old and new..

Released: 9/20/11

My second album is called Rocket. The difference between Rocket and Elephant Era is that Rocket is more of a constructed album. Nearly everything about was planned and meditated. It also took the better half of a year to record. I feel like this album is more crafted than anything else I've ever worked on.

This is my first album. I think that it kind of wrote itself. What I mean by that is that I had no idea I was making an album until I had enough songs to record and fill up the majority of an hour. It was recorded entirely at Cole Verderber’s house in late 2009. The first song was probably written February of 2008. I made 300 copies by cutting up the blanket that makes the album cover. So once they're gone, they're gone forever.

Tyler has friends sing in choirs for him, plays with lots of musicians, or just simultaniously jams on piano and drums. Many forms, always excellently crafted albums.

tylertaormina@gmail.com