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2009

  • Released Little Princess for Tzadik Records
  • Released Sidewalk Blues for Tonewood Records

2005

  • Concert tour with Dolly Parton
  • Released Roots, Rags and Blues

2003

  • Recorded Masada Guitars with Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot for Tzadik Records. - Released January 21, 2003
  • Concert tours of Japan, France, Belgium, Austria and Hungary
  • At the Rebbe's Table named one of top CDs of 2002 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine

2002

  • Concert tour of Japan with Isato Nakagawa and Sandor Szabo - March 2002
  • Recorded At the Rebbe's Table for Tzadik Records. - Released April 2002

2001

  • Nominated for Best Folk Artist, 2001 Minnesota Music Awards

2000

  • Concert tours of Italy and Switzerland - December 2000
  • Recorded Tanz for Tzadik Records. - Released October 2000
  • Featured in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, May/June 2000
  • Appeared on Mighty Real: A Tribute to Sylvester by Djola Branner

1999

  • Earned a McKnight Fellowship to notate and edit the arrangements on Neshamah for publication
  • Recorded One String Leads to Another, a CD of original compositions for Acoustic Music Records - Released November 1999
  • Recorded Neshamah, Songs from the Jewish Diaspora for Tzadik Records. - Released August 1999
  • Published The Guitar of Tim Sparks, a folio of compositions from Guitar Bazaar for Mel Bay Publications

1996

  • Published a folio of compositions including Balkan Dreams Suite for Mel Bay Publications
  • Minnesota Music Award for Best World Folk Artist
  • Concert tours of California, Germany and Italy, with festival appearances at the Chet Atkins festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Dresden Guitar Festival, Cultura de la Confine - Bologna, "Mamachitarra" Fest - Padova, among others
  • Appeared on Watercolor of Brazil by Mandala

1995

  • Recorded Guitar Bazaar, a CD of original compositions for Acoustic Music Records - Released October 1995
  • Published a folio of songs included on Guitar Bazaar CD, Acoustic Music Publishing - Osnabruck, Germany
  • Released instructional video of songs included on Guitar Bazaar CD, Acoustic Music Publishing - Osnabruck, Germany
  • Recipient Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant
  • Tour of Israel with Crossing Borders, with whom I performed on Oud
  • Appeared on One Night in Paradise by Cookie Coleman

1994

  • Recipient Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship
  • Concert tour of Germany, including Edenkoben Festival, Jazz Guitar teaching residency in Lisbon

1993

  • Recorded Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, exerpts from Balkan Dreams Suite, arrangements of solo guitar adaptations of traditional folk dances for Germany's Acoustic Music Records
  • National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship - awarded at national competition in Winfield, Kansas for performance of exerpts from my solo guitar arrangement of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite

1992

  • Appeared on Dream Cafe by Greg Brown

1991

  • Commission to compose music for Tienanmen, a ballet depicting the student uprising in China, for Myron Johnson's Ballet of the Dolls
  • Minnesota Jazz Society Award for Best Latin Jazz Guitarist

1990

  • Commission to arrange Carla Bley's "Jesus Maria" for guitarist Leo Kottke
  • Debuted Balkan Dreams Suite arrangements at Guthrie Theatre

1989

  • Minnesota Music Award for Best Jazz Guitarist
  • Commission to arrange Russian Folk Music for Guthrie Theatre's Adaptation of Uncle Vanya

1987

  • Appeared on Vocals by Prudence Johnson

1986

  • Published solo guitar adaptation of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite - Solo Guitar Publications
  • Released Voicings with Rio Nido

1985

  • Traveled in Europe for two months including extended visits to Hungary and Yugoslavia, where I first became interested in Balkan music.

1983

  • Released Hi Fly with Rio Nido

1979

  • Minnesota Music Society Award for Best Acoustic Guitarist.

1978

  • Released I Like to Riff with Rio Nido
  • Appeared on Back to the Wall by Peter Lang

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