TONY GEBALLE, GUITARIST/COMPOSER/SOUND DESIGNER/PRODUCER
Tony Geballe (a Seattle native living in New York City) has studied, taught and performed music of many kinds all over the world. His main instrument is guitar, including nylon-string, steel-string, 12-string and electric. Tony also works as a composer and sound designer for theater, and as producer and occasionally engineer for various recording projects. Tony also works as a composer and sound designer for theater (he is a member of La Compagnia de' Colombari), and as producer, mixer, and occasionally engineer for various recording projects.
In late 2012, Richard Sylvarnes, Pietro Russino, and Tony Geballe formed the group Zero Times Everything, to play live accompaniments to The Last Words of Dutch Schultz and others of Richard's films. The band has begun live performances in NYC, including at the Film-Makers Cooperative 2013 benefit party, and a special showing of The Last Words of Dutch Schultz at the Anthology Film Archives on April 10.
For other current projects, please see the home page.
Tony is a founding instructor at the Seattle Circle Guitar School. The SCGS is one of the continuations of 25 years of work in Guitar Craft, which also continues to have a presence in the world through Guitar Circles all over the world, the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists, and many diverse performaing groups.
In 2008, Tony produced the new Hellboys CD "A Young Person's Guide to Hell," which features Robert Fripp, Tony Levin, Bill Rieflin, Vora Vor, the California Guitar Trio, Curt Golden, Victor McSurely, Luciano Pietrafesa, the voice of Kelli Rae Powell, and others. He has engineered, edited, mixed and mastered Patrick Smith's solo guitar CD "Scattered Hearts," and produced two tracks on the new Stone Document CD, "Anamnesis." In January he composed music and designed sound for the recent production of Rebekah Maggor's solo docu-drama "Shakespeare's Actresses" for the Huntington Theater in Boston.
Tony's career of recording, performing, teaching, theater sound design and composition has spanned the globe and includes many kinds of music, from solo guitar to the Turkish music trio Dostlar (whose 1984 Northwest Folklife Festival performance was broadcast nationwide on NPR) to being a member of the New York Indonesian Consulate Gamelan. Tony has appeared on many recordings, on local and national radio and television shows and toured worldwide. He has contributed compositions and playing to many recordings, including several by Toyah Willcox, The Trey Gunn Band, The Hellboys, and Sun Palace.
Tony engineered a large part of the sessions for the Sun Palace CD Give Me a Perfect World, and also co-produced the CD, and also engineered parts of their CD Designed to Fly. He produced Kelli Rae Powell's debut CD "The Scandalous Accounts of My Youth" and has engineered and produced sessions for Christina Lisi, Jo Williamson, and others.
Tony has been invited to teach guitar and music regularly in the U.S. and Europe, and has been associated with Guitar Craft since 1985. He was also co-director and instructor at DrumTime, a rhythm workshop, from 1990-94.
In 1993, Tony became Composer-in-Residence and Sound Designer for the Arden Party Theater Company, directed by Karin Coonrod. He designed sound, composed and performed music for many productions with the company (see Tour page). In 1996 he received a grant from Meet the Composer. Arden Partys last production with Tonys music was the world premier of Christmas at the Ivanovs, by the Russian surrealist Alexander Vvedensky, presented at the Classic Stage Company in NYC, December, 1997. Tony was also a participant in the 1998 Nautilus/New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio. Over the last several years he has designed sound and/or composed music at the New York Theater Workshop, the Hartford Stage, and for the groundbreaking production of Laude in Urbis in Orvieto, Italy, where he is also a performer.
For details of his work in theater, please see the Tour page.
Tony has also worked as production and post-production Sound Engineer for films and Public Service Announcements, for the award-winning filmmaker Elizabeth Bouiss (Pink, White and Blue; Speak Your Mind; Masters of Dissent and others) and for New York Music and Video Productions (PSAs for Children's Health Fund, International Planned Parenthood Federation, American Academy of Dermatology, and many more).