October 26, 2006

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Tiff on the piano
Pop pianist has keyboard but loves the real thing
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

Living out of a garage has its benefits when youíre a 25-year-old pianist in Los Angeles.

Tiff Jimber, an aggressive pop-oriented piano player from San Diego, says itís the only way she could afford living in the expensive city on a musicianís salary.

With her full-size electric guitar in the passenger seat of her Toyota Corolla, Jimber travels to the east coast touring on this yearís release, Perfectly. Jimber, sometimes booking shows upon arrival and known to live out of her car while on tour, will hit New Hampshire and five other states on the east coast.

ďItís not just me sitting there with a piano. Iím not the typical ballad girl at the piano but Iím not the typical girl either. Itís a mixture of rock and pop. Itís something new and different,Ē Jimber said.

Jimber likens her sound to an intertwining of Vanessa Carlton meets Ben Folds, with a classical and jazz appeal throughout her playing and writing. Her other influences include Billy Joel, John Mayer, Tori Amos and Fionna Apple.

Before her high school graduation, Jimber released her debut a self-produced album of original material, Never Takes Too Much. Her second album, released in 2004, Obstacles, was nominated for independent awards in Los Angeles. Jimber also won a 2006 ASCAP Plus Award and her vocals appear in the movie The Grudge.

ďThe songs are very pop, yet I donít use the standard triad used in pop. I use my own signature chords and a lot of jazz chords and pop sounds, kind of mixing the two together. Itís more jazzy, blues and rock than it is classical, but I still get a lot of comments saying itís classically influenced,Ē Jimber said.

Jimber said sheís more relaxed and comfortable at a real piano. Compared to her electric keyboard, she finds it gives a smoother but smashing sound.

ďWhen they have a piano, itís a wonderful dream come true. It totally changes the sound. When I sit down at a real piano, the songs are just different. The playing comes across different, like itís more alive. Iíd like to dream of having a designated piano man to tow one around for me, someday,Ē Jimber said.

Jimber will be performing solo, though she is often backed by drum and bass, sometimes guitar. She covers her own material, along with classic selections, including Joel, Bon Jovi, Queen and more. Another California-based power-pop piano rock performer, The Silent Partner, will come along to split the solo acoustic set with Jimber on a number of the eastern show dates.

Tiff
Tiff Jimber will appear with The Silent Partner at Santos-Dumont Cafť, 770 Elm St. in Milford, 672-5464. For information on Jimber, got to tiffjimber.com. To find out more about The Silent Partner, go to thesilentpartner.com.