Tom Barton is one of Australia’s most exciting emerging vocalists, having recently graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Music Performance (Honours) in jazz/ improvisation.
Some of Tom’s performance highlights include singing at The Melbourne International Jazz Festival, The Sydney Opera House, Bennett’s Lane Jazz Club and live on ABC Radio National’s Music Show. Tom’s unique approach to singing incorporates contemporary jazz and improvisation, extended vocal techniques and live electronic looping/sound processing.
Tom has studied with leading Australian vocalist Gian Slater and trumpeter/composer Eugene Ball. Tom has been awarded a number of grants and scholarships for his work, including a recent Australia Council for the Arts Skills & Development grant to continue training in New York City with world-acclaimed vocalist/ composer Theo Bleckmann. In 2011, Tom was awarded the coveted ArtStart grant by the Australia Council for the Arts.
Tom has been involved in a number of projects, including Invenio’s recent release ‘Gone without saying,’ and Barney McAll’s ‘Graft’. Tom has done a range of other session work in a variety of genres, including backing vocals for The Raah Project and True Live.
Tom is currently working on compositions for a debut release planned for 2012. In his spare time, Tom enjoys gardening, swimming and bombarding The Age with letters to the editor of varying lucidity.
“On Resolution, Sugg and Barton recreated Coltrane’s epic improvisation in a thrilling
duo-solo, Barton’s vocalese matching Sugg’s incisive tenor phrases note for note”
- The Age, 19/7/2010.
“The performance received a standing ovation…these singers took us on a journey of discovery that was audibly rich and yet brimming with subtlety…it was riveting.”
- Rodger Mitchell, Herald Sun.
“Sugg’s arrangements fuse the sound of first-generation British Punk (think Ian Dury and the Blockheads) with Coltrane’s ’50s bebop; while the drone of the Shruti Box, and [Tom Barton's] vocal improvisations through the Gibson Echoplex, create radically new contexts for an exploration of Coltrane’s later music.” – Simon Felice.