One rainy Tuesday a large manilla envelope was delivered to the former basement studio of a hardworking music producer. The package was opened and a beautifully handcrafted CD folio slid out onto a desk piled high with multitudes of inconsequential detritus. The producer was intrigued and immediately slipped the disc into a nearby player. Almost instantly he sensed that this was no ordinary compact disc from any ordinary “artist”. The magnitude and sensitivity of the cello and voice emanating from the speakers was mind blowing. The rain stopped, and the clouds parted. Or at least we are told that’s what happened. Since this story takes place in a basement how are we really to know if the weather did or didn’t change on cue? Well, who needs truth when you have beauty?

TivaTiva is an artistic collaboration between vocalist/cellist Daniel de Jesus and producer/guitarist Ted Richardson. In his songwriting, Daniel weaves fanciful tales of Saints and the supernatural with stories of self-protection and emotional exploration. With the added talents of great musicians like drummer Darren Keith and multi-instrumentalist Brendan Walsleben, TivaTiva are renowned for their intense, high-energy live performances.

With the release of their new album Music For Interior Castles, TivaTiva is set to levitate toward the stratosphere. Cello-wielding front man Daniel de Jesús captivates with his powerful, soaring vocals and steals the hearts of all mortals in his presence. Combined with the intricate and driving rhythms of drummer Darren Keith and the sonic intelligence of Ted Richardson’s guitar work, TivaTiva provide a transporting and soul-cleansing experience for lovers of music in any genre.


Music for Interior Castles

released November 2011


Hymns for a New Age ~ Strings Mix

released February 2011



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