Tim Berne is a composer, saxophonist and educator specializing in improvised music. He has been performing internationally since 1982 with various ensembles including Caos Totale,Fractured Fairy Tales,Bloodcount and Snakeoil among others. He has made over 50 recordings as a leader for labels such as Soul Note,Sony,JMT and currently ECM records.

Tim started his own label Screwgun records in 1996 and most recently released is Angel Dusk with Matt Mitchell.

He has taught extensively since the late 90’s giving workshops in South America,Europe and America.

Recent awards and residencies include:

  • New York State Council on the Arts
  • New York State Foundation for the Arts
  • Readers Digest/Meet the Composer (for the Kronos Quartet and the Rova Saxophone Quartet) McDowell Colony
  • Djerassi Foundation
  • Civitella Ranieri

He is currently active with his Snakeoil group and Sun of Goldfinger.