Born and raised in Tucson, Malaby's Mexican heritage permeates his musical life. Malaby remembers that, "being a kid, in 1970s Tucson, was very Mexican. The atmosphere was filled with music and rituals -going to mass, funerals, praying the rosary, plumes of incense smoke ...all of these things have lingered. “I really think that's who I am. And there's really strong imagery for me, from back then. I try to communicate those experiences, with my sound and how I play." Malaby's vivid improvisational work and his sparse, folklike melodies are part-and-parcel with his unique musical concept.
Recent AFA performances:
August 6, 2020 On_Line Salon w/ John Hébert, Billy Mintz
May 1, 2020 On_Line Salon w/ Angelica Sanchez
Find Tony's music at https://tonymalaby.bandcamp.com