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, featuring jazz improvisation, extended vocal techniques, and live electronic looping and effects processing. The album blends genres of jazz, pop, folk, electronica and world music in a truly unique vision. Album
Launch: August 10, 2014 | 8pm | Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne (Australia) | $15
- Dirt & Vibration - 6:20
- Hyperballad (Björk) - 8:49
- Vessel - 7:23
- Spencer the Rover (Trad.) -– 6:22
- Motion - 8:38
- When Did I Give Up? - 8:06
- Genome - 5:47
- Tenchi - 7:37
- Tjukurpa - 8:32
- Pearl Point - 4:24
Tom Barton - Voice and live looping/effects
Joseph O’Connor - Piano
Philip Rex - Bass
Peter Evans - Drums
Stephen Magnusson — Guitarv Andy Sugg - Tenor Saxophone
Georgie Darvidis — Voice
Bio Tom graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Music Performance (Honours) in Jazz Improvisation in 2010. In 2013, Tom was invited to study a Master of Jazz (Voice) at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
Tom has been awarded artistic grants including the Australia Council for the Arts Artstart ($10,000), and Skills and Development ($5,000) which involved musical mentorships in New York City.
Tom has worked and recorded with artists including Barney McAll (NYC), Andy Sugg, Stephen Magnusson, Gian Slater & Invenio, The RAah Project, Georgie Darvidis, Fran Swinn, and composers David Shea (NYC), Byron Scullin (NYC) and Andrew Byrne (NYC).