Tim Berne is a composer, saxophonist, bandleader, and educator specializing in jazz and improvised music. He began to play the saxophone in college and inspired by listening to the album Dogon A. D., he moved to New York, where he studied with its leader, Julius Hemphill. A tour de force on this scene, he has been performing internationally since 1982 with various ensembles including, most recently, Snakeoil and Sun of Goldfinger. He has made over fifty recordings as a leader for labels such as Soul Note, Sony, JMT, ECM, and Intakt, while simultaneously running his own independent label Screwgun Records. He has taught extensively since the late 90s and given workshops around the world and is the recipient of many international awards and residencies.