Tim Ries brings his Universal Spirits Ensemble to Drom, A multi-national, multi-genre ensemble for social change.
Jasia Ries-vocals and violin
Ismael Fernandez-flamenco singer
Sonia Olla-flamenco dancer
Tim Ries-saxophones, flute, clarinet
Saxophonist Tim Ries, after having a deep résumé with plenty of famous names on it, cultivated a healthy solo career through a series of well-regarded solo albums. His work contains respected compositions and arrangements, and a sound Rolling Stone legend Keith Richards described as “amazing.” Ries has done session work for plenty of pop/rock acts including Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow, and Stevie Wonder but in 1999 he got his biggest offer yet. While performing for President Clinton at the White House, the cell phone he forgot to shut off began ringing. It was an offer to tour with the Rolling Stones, an offer Ries immediately accepted. After an extensive tour with the Stones, Alternate Side from 2001 reintroduced Ries as a solo artist. But a year later he became a founding member of the Prism Saxophone Quartet. After another tour with the Stones took up most of his time during 2003-2004, Ries was inspired to write his own jazz arrangements of Mick and Keith’s compositions. The results were road-tested on an American tour and then released in 2005 as The Rolling Stones Project on the Concord label. Since then Tim Ries has been performing solo shows and has been on the road with numerous artists.