‘Reflections’ at Melbourne Recital Centre

Genre-defying vocalist Tom Barton unveils a suite of adventurous new musical compositions exploring modern jazz, poetry, improvisation, live looping and electronics.

Performed by a debut ensemble featuring Nathan Liow (piano), Justin Olsson (drums/percussion) and Isaac Barter (acoustic bass), the music reflects on the psychology and philosophy of life and loss.

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.

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.

‘A breakthrough in leading-edge jazz vocals.’ John McBeath, The Weekend Australian

Presented by Tom Barton and Melbourne Recital Centre


Jen Shyu (New York) & Barton/Villalta/Liow

Fri 26th August @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Presented by the Melbourne Jazz Co-op

New York-based experimental jazz vocalist, composer, multi instrumentalist, and dancer Jen Shyu is making her Australian debut tour, performing Solo Rites: Seven Breaths, a work  directed by famed Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho (See:

Supported by Barton, Villalta and Liow.

Venue: Bennetts Lane Jazz Club

Cover: $18-25