An internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, Tim has been active in the fields of early and world music for 18 years. He plays dozens of musical instruments from medieval Europe, the Middle East, and the Balkans, including: lutes, plucked strings, flutes, and percussion, as well as being a singer.
In addition to solo work, he currently performs with recorder virtuoso Annette Bauer in their medieval group, Cançonièr, Celtic harpist Patrick Ball, Swedish folk musicians Dråm, and collaborates regularly with Shira Kammen.
Tim lived in the UK for seven years, studying for his Ph.D. in medieval studies at the University of Leeds, and working as a musician. He has toured across the U.S. and in Europe extensively (from Ireland to Turkey), performing with the medieval groups Tintagel and Ensemble Florata, including concerts at the York and Beverley Early Music Festivals, Alden Biesen Castle in Belgium, and the Spitalfields Festival in London. He has given a number of performances for BBC, toured in Canada and Australia, and worked with folk musicians in Marrakech and Istanbul. Recently, he has performed at Poggio and Calvi dell’Unbria in Italy, the Berkeley Early Music Festival, and the Music Sources concert series. Future engagements include the Renaissance and Baroque Society of Pittsburgh, Music Sources, Trinity Chamber Concerts, and the Indianapolis Early Music Festival.
He has collaborated and performed with many early music groups and performers, including: Ensemble Alcatraz; Anne Azema; Susan Rode Morris; Phoebe Jevtovic; Tom Zajac; Drew Minter; Mary Springfels; Peter Maund; Kit Higginson; Sinfonye; Kitka; Wyrewood; Gilbert Martinez; and members of the Harp Consort and Theater of Voices.
He has recorded to date on nearly 30 CDs for a number of labels, including Gaudeamus, Wild Boar, Magnatune, and Eventide Music Productions, as well as on recordings distributed by Nimbus and Harmonia Mundi.
“Tim Rayborn's playing is quite extraordinary, with all the technique of a virtuoso.”
~ Sacramento News and Review
“Tim Rayborn is an amazing singer.”
~ Cardiff Early Music Series
“[...] a world-class talent in the field of ancient music.”