Tige DeCoster

Tige DeCoster’s professional career as a bassist and guitarist has spanned over the past twenty years. At the age of 24 he began touring nationally, sharing stages with Bela Fleck, The Radiators, Spearhead, Medeski Martin and Wood, Jimmy Cliff, The String Cheese Incident, The Grandmothers and many others. As a founding member of the acoustic group Hanuman, he toured nationally for over seven years and won the Best Band and Best New Acoustic album (Pedalhorse) of 2002 in the Seattle Weekly, releasing five albums and selling over 15,000 copies. In 1998, Tige joined former Sony recording artist Dan Bern for an eleven week national tour performing with guest artist Martha Wainwright and culminating in the double album release of the critically acclaimed Smartie Mine. He has also performed and toured throughout the Midwest and West coast with roots rock group Crosseyed, releasing the album Ain’t It A Shame in the winter of 1999. Tige has studied with classical bassist Barry Lieberman, jazz bassist’s Doug Miller and Steve Kim, and saxophonists Don Lamphere and Jabo Ward. In 2001, Tige co-founded the Cuban group Supersones. In the realm of the Buena Vista Social Club, they perform classic Cuban Son, Cha Cha Cha, Bolero and Changui.Tige is currently performing with former Tom Waits guitarist Omar Torrez and touring in Europe, Central America, and Asia. Tige has an Associates degree and is completing his masters degree in education, anthropology, and music at the University of Washington. In addition, he is the father of an insane four year old, enjoys writing fiction and poetry, and volunteers in his community to help the homeless and elderly.

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