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 profound.
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. He has been awarded grants including the Australia Council for the Arts Artstart, and Skills and Development, which funded professional development in NYC with vocalist and composer Theo Bleckmann.
Tom’s debut album Aspirations was released in July 2014 to critical acclaim. A 4.5-star review in The Weekend Australian heralded the album as, “a breakthrough in leading-edge jazz vocals … the arrival of a unique new talent”. Over $9000 of the album’s funding was raised by fans and supporters worldwide through the crowdfunding platform Pozible. Aspirations was shortlisted for the 2015 Jazz Bell Awards Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album.
Tom has worked and recorded with artists including Barney McAll, Gian Slater & Invenio, Stephen Magnusson, The RaaH Project, audio-visual arts company Ethno Tekh, and composers David Shea, Byron Scullin and Andrew Byrne.
After living in Yangon, Myanmar, in 2015, Tom released Connections. An improvised collaboration with guitarist/composer Diego Villalta, Connections was recorded in Osaka, Japan, in May 2015 while the duo were on tour with The Hold. All About Jazz described the release as, “brave, sensitive and not infrequently brilliant music”.
Tom now lives in Melbourne, Australia, and is working on new material for his third release.