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Thomas Christopher Birl

Pianist

About Me

Thomas Birl is a pianist born 1969 in Brooklyn, New York. The church was the musical stomping ground, at age 4, he started playing the bongo, at age 10 the drums and bass guitar. At age 12, piano and hammond B3. In the mid 80's, music was a ritualistic thing to do on weekends. His real passion at that time was video games and girls,until his first part-time job working at The Harry Fox Agency. He then decided to invest his time and energy in self-employment as a full-time musician. Highschool and college years he played with R&B and cover bands in the NY, CT area. 1994-2001 he played with smooth jazz musicians. 2001-2006 he explored avant-garde music. From 2006 to 2013, he has played with various straight ahead jazz musicians. Since then he's been working on improvisational compositions. For more music and contact info, check out soundcloud.com/thomasbirl or facebook.com/tbirl

My Jazz Story

Its a "bring what you have" no prejudice musical atmosphere. No rules to break. No walls to box you in. Growing up with a different mental perspective, music was pretty much an escape from what I felt was discomfort. Till this day as I learn to live with that mental perspective, I learn more about "its not the world, that makes discomfort its how you perceive it". Growing up in a strict christian household, I was taught that gospel was the only music God allows. As I got older, hanging out with other musicians changed that. Shortly after 9/11, I was driving in Flushing Meadow Park (Queens, NY). There was a tenor sax player with a tone I never heard before, blowing his horn against the trees, almost like a call and response with nature. I got to know him and the musicians he played with. These guys were all jazz lovers, and shared their philosophy. That year was the beginning of the never ending search of enlightenment.

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