Geoff Countryman is a saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, engineer and teacher. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Geoff came to New York to attend NYU’s Jazz performance program where he studied with Gil Goldstein, Lenny Pickett, John Scofield, and Chris Potter. Since graduating Cum Laude from NYU he has created an impressive body of work and has been in high demand. He can be seen in Julie Taymor’s “Across the Universe", has performed regularly with the Saturday Night Live Band, Chico Hamilton’s “Euphoria," as well as with his own band, The Sidewinders, and countless others. He was assistant producer to Lenny Pickett for Kenny Werner’s album “Lawn Chair Society" (Blue Note Records) and is a featured performer on hip-hop artist T.I.’s platinum, Grammy nominated album “King" (Atlantic records).
Geoff has enjoyed working with a number of prominent artists including, Patti LaBelle, Ingrid Jensen, Hiromi, John Pattitucci, Randy Brecker, Jenny Muldaur, Leon Pendarvis, Mike Mainieri, producers Neil Jason and Al Bell, Emmy award winner Katreese Barnes, and Langhorne Slim among many others.
When Geoff doesn’t have an instrument in hand, you can find him behind the board of his mobile studio, recording a wide range of Grammy award-winning artists in New York City’s most prestigious venues. Geoff and Tyler Recording has recorded and/or produced Dave Douglas’ “Moonshine" and “The Dave Douglas Quintet: Live at the Jazz Standard" (Greenleaf Music), Marcus Strickland’s “Open Reel Deck" (Strick Muzic), Willie Rodriguez’s “Live at Willie’s Steak House (NYPR), Kris Sparrow’s “Wonderland," as well as some of Teo Macero’s final sessions.
His professional background also includes extensive commercial work on national television spots. He continues to record, compose and produce music for TV, film and Internet.
Engineer, guitarist, producer, Tyler McDiarmid has become a fixture in New York's music scene. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Tyler came to New York in 2003 to pursue graduate work at NYU. His love of engineering led to the creation of "Geoff and Tyler Recording," a production company specializing in live, on-location recording. Geoff and Tyler can regularly be found throughout the city recording anything from small jazz groups to rock bands to large symphonic ensembles.
Tyler is in high demand for his skills as a mixing engineer, as well. His work has been praised for its ability to always communicate the artists' true intentions. In the studio, Tyler has worked with artists such as John Scofield, Dave Douglas, Nicholas Payton, The Blue Note 7 and Dafnis Prieto.
As a guitarist, Tyler has played and/or toured with Keiko Matsui, Gil Goldstein, Lenny Pickett, Toots Theilmans, the Heath Brothers, Kurt Elling and Bob Mintzer to name a few. He contributes much of his success as an engineer and his musical aesthetic to maintaining a busy performance schedule.
Tyler has a Master of Music degree from New York University and is currently working on his Ph.D in jazz studies. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at NYU where he continues to teach an Apple Logic recording course as well as private and group guitar lessons.