“Tyson Naylor has a growing reputation as the go-to pianist on the Vancouver scene. Naylor (who is also a member of Canadian folk artist Dan Mangan’s band) has an impish sense of humour that shows an affinity for the merrymakers of the ICP Orchestra. You can hear Misha Mengelberg’s spare, subtle intervals and dry-martini wit in his playing, though it’s Mengelberg filtered through Brad Mehldau.” - Richard Moule, Signal to Noise, Fall 2012
Pianist, keyboardist and composer Tyson Naylor has firmly established himself as one of Vancouver’s most compelling musical talents. Naylor has toured in Canada, the USA and Europe. In addition to his own Tyson Naylor Trio, he has played with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, classical chamber orchestra Turning Point Ensemble, pianist/composer Wayne Horvitz, Dan Mangan, Francois Houle, Jesse Zubot, Tony Wilson, Peggy Lee, and Mother Mother.
Naylor’s debut album as a composer and leader, Kosmonauten, was released in 2012 on Songlines Records and has garnered glowing reviews from national and international press such as Signal to Noise, the New York City Jazz Record, the Georgia Straight and the Vancouver Sun. He’s also been awarded the Julian Award for Excellence for Emerging Canadian Artists by CJSF 90.1FM in Vancouver and was nominated for the Galaxy Rising Star award in Halifax and Montreal Jazz Festivals in 2013.
Tyson has performed in Berlin with Tobias Delius and Tristan Honsinger (of ICP Orchestra), Jan Roder (Schlippenbach Quartet), Christian Kögel, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Christian Lillinger. His work on Dan Mangan’s “Oh Fortune” has been recognized with a Juno award for Best Alternative Album of the year in 2012.
Naylor has also recently composed the soundtrack for independent short film Lynnwood, and arranged and played one song for the soundtrack of feature film Hector and the Search for Happiness.