Tom Barton releases anticipated debut CD, Aspirations

Bartone Music | BT1 |

$20 physical, $10 digital | (listen free)


Genre-crossing contemporary jazz vocalist/composer
Tom Barton has released his debut studio album, Aspirations.

This flagship release for Barton’s independent label Bartone Music was recorded after over $9,000 was raised by supporters on crowdfunding platform Pozible.

The album transcends its acoustic jazz instrumentation to worlds of electronically-augmented sonic atmospheres.

Tom sings original prose pondering the self and the natural world, and wordless music, 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 | $15 |

Track listing

  1. Dirt & Vibration – 6:20
  2. Hyperballad (Björk) – 8:49
  3. Vessel – 7:23
  4. Spencer the Rover (Trad.) – 6:22
  5. Motion – 8:38
  6. When Did I Give Up? – 8:06
  7. Genome – 5:47
  8. Tenchi – 7:37
  9. Tjukurpa – 8:32
  10. Pearl Point – 4:24


Tom Barton – Voice and live looping/effects
Joseph O’Connor – Piano
Philip Rex – Bass
Peter Evans – Drums

Stephen Magnusson – Guitar

Andy Sugg – Tenor Saxophone

Georgie Darvidis – Voice


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 (AUS), Georgie Darvidis, Fran Swinn, The RaaH Project, and composers David Shea (NYC), Byron Scullin (NYC) and Andrew Byrne (NYC). Visit: