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Tom Barton

Tom sings prose and wordless music with the spirit of an instrumentalist. Featuring contemporary jazz improvisation, extended vocal techniques, and live electronic looping and effects processing, Tom’s music is adventurous, philosophical and delivered profoundly. Graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Music Performance (Honours) in 2010, Tom was invited to study a Master of Jazz voice at the Manhattan School of Music in 2013. Tom’s performance highlights include The Melbourne International Jazz Festival, The Sydney Opera House and ABC Radio National’s The Music Show

Connections

Label: Bartone Music
Released: 2015
Track listing: Trust; Sensei; Prelude to the Bus Ride; Growing Up; A Forming Universe; Dawn; One Night of Hedonism (One Day of Vegetables); The Bus Ride.

Tom Barton & Diego Villalta: Connections

Label: Bartone Music
Released: 2015
Track listing: Trust; Sensei; Prelude to the Bus Ride; Growing Up; A Forming Universe; Dawn; One Night of Hedonism (One Day of Vegetables); The Bus Ride.

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Tom Barton & Diego Villalta: Connections

Read "Tom Barton & Diego Villalta: Connections" reviewed by Phil Barnes

There's something other worldly about this collaboration between innovative jazz vocalist Tom Barton and guitarist/composer Diego Villalta. Recorded in Osaka and inspired by the duo's experiences touring Japan the collection is wholly improvised, showcasing a broad range and variety of styles yet remaining coherent enough to suggest it could only have been this way. Barton describes ...

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Tom Barton & Diego Villalta: Connections

Read "Connections" reviewed by Roger Farbey

This is the second album by Australian vocalist Tom Barton, the first being Aspirations (2014) and is an entirely improvised affair. On Connections Barton shares the credits with fellow countryman Diego Villalta on guitar and was recorded at Studio Osaka Recording, Osaka, Japan, whilst the pair were on tour in early 2015. Harmonium-like looped ...

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Australian Duo Tom Barton And Diego Villalta Release "Connections" – Improvisations From Japan

Australian Duo Tom Barton And Diego Villalta Release "Connections" – Improvisations From Japan

Innovative jazz vocalist Tom Barton has joined with guitarist/composer Diego Villalta to release an album of improvised works recorded in Osaka, Japan, in early 2015. This album is the duo’s first recording, following years of musical collaboration between the Victorian College of the Arts graduates. Connections features daring explorations into the sublime and surreal, sketched with ...

Aspirations

Label: Bartone Music
Released: 2014
Track listing: Dirt & Vibration; Hyperballad; Vessel; Spencer The Rover; Motion; When Did I Give Up?; Genome; Tenchi; Tjukurpa; Pearl Point.

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Tom Barton: Aspirations

Read "Aspirations" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Australian vocalist Tom Barton aspires to blur the lines between genres on this debut. Electronic and acoustic thoughts merge and co-exist beautifully, improvisational elements are born around concrete expressions, and in the middle of it all sits Barton, putting his poetry in motion with beautifully clear-headed vocals. While the gist of many an ...

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Vocalist Tom Barton Transcends Jazz To Unique Sonic Worlds

Vocalist Tom Barton Transcends Jazz To Unique Sonic Worlds

Genre-crossing contemporary jazz vocalist/composer Tom Barton has released crowdfunded studio album, Aspirations Aspirations was recorded in early 2014 after over $9,000 was raised by fans on crowdfunding platform Pozible. The album transcends its acoustic jazz instrumentation to worlds of electronically-augmented sonic atmospheres. Tom sings original prose and wordless music pondering the self and the natural world, ...


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