From a tour in northern California, to appearances on NPR and PBS, and Lincoln Center, to fulfilling some awarded grants, among other gigs and recordings, 2011 was been a busy and fun year. I've met alot of really wonderful and inspiring people. Thank you all for your friendship and support and I look forward to an even better year in 2012.
Tomchess & The Lovedogs-In The Beautiful Future (2-DISC-SET)
"...Tomchess is obviously a virtuouso on the oud.."-Bruce gallanter, DMG, NYC
"...a buoyant frontline attack, accelerated by sinuous time signatures via linearly designed unison phrasings....Here, the power of music offers a boost to one’s spiritual health, which is an insinuating notion that parallels the highly entertaining groove-focused aspects of this largely euphoric encounter."
"...one senses that this will not be an ordinary musical journey....it feels as if you're witnessing the kind of genius often celebrated in the works of John Williams, John McLaughlin, or Ali Akbar Khan. You feel proud to be alive, fortunate to hear something as beautiful as this..it may suggest that as musicians (a/k/a "the dreamers of the dream"), they are the ones who may find a way to bring peace on a hateful planet. "
superfine fresh biscuits !!
Reviewer: charles blass, wkcr/ lovolution production
hearing is believing. these cats & dogs are the real deal, the total package, the luckiest charms... pick up on it, bring them to your town yeah tomchess & the lovedogs !!! seriously: exquisite, introspective and exuberant, masterful and humble, funky & abstract, global and galactic ........... et f'n cetera
'In the Beautiful Future' is a milestome in the development and career of a brilliant musician. Coming from a long and varied past of forays into a variety of different musical genres and disciplines, Tom has found his own voice and synthesized all the musical elements into a whole greater than the sum of its parts. All of the other musicians on this CD offer brilliant performances. The thing I like most about this CD is that the music is sincere. It is more than mere technical mastery of "world" music styles. Tom demonstrates an understanding and empathy with the roots, without sacrificing his own identity.
author: Frankie DiDonato
A Beautiful interpretation of exactly what music is: genuine and honest and seeking to connect with all things. Like the universe itself, There exists in this music a paradox of Peace and Urgency. Match that with the instruments and Timbre's Mr. Chess plays and it is a profound sound poem for today.
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Other cd releases by Tomchess on FootJumbo Records:
1998 Bombpop-10 dancing Girls
1999 Bombpop-The Carnival Streets Of Spring
1999-Seven Times A Year
2001 Bombpop-Conciliation Of The Supernatural
2001 Bombpop-Public Mind
2001 Bombpop-People In The Home
2004 Taking The Coincidence To Heart-Tomchess, Ravi Padmanabha
2004 Music Of Their Disappearance-Vol 1-Resolution For Benevolence
2004 Music Of Their Disappearance-Vol 2-In Preparation Of Goodness
2007 Tomchess & The Lovedogs-In The Beautiful Future
2008 The World Is Dust The World Is Gold
2008 Continuance-Tomchess Ravi Padmanabha
2008 The Celebrant-Tomchess, Ravi Padmanabha
2012 Lo-Phi Courier
2012 Harmony Emanation Jubilee
2005 Becoming An Appearance-Tomchess, Kanaiwa Takuma
Tomchess is a Multi-instrumentalist/Improviser/Composer. He plays Reeds, Western Flute, Arabic/Turkish Ney flute, Oud, and Guitar. He also has a history of using electronics /sampling/live-sampling/loops/fx. He has performed with Drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson' Decoding Society, Butch Morris's Sheng Skyscraper, recorded with Tenor players Dewey Redman, Pharoah Sanders, Morrocan Sintarist Hassan Hakmoun and Butch Morris. He has also led a guitar trio with Drummer Phil Haynes and bassist Drew Gress called Seven Times a Year. He has studied Middle/Near Eastern and West African musics, spending time in West Africa playing and performing. He has studied with Bassam Saba, Omer Erdogdular, Tidiani Bangoura, Abdul Aziz Tourč and Mohammad Camarra. He has also conducted workshops and master classes/lectures and performances in the NYC Public school system as well as New Jersey and Universities and institutions such as Asia Society NY, Johnson State College Vermont, Columbia University, SUNY Fredonia College, McDaniels College, Carrol Community College, Md, and Gettysburg College Pa. He currently lives in NYC where he performs with his different ensembles and works as a freelance musician. He has performed at Lincoln Center, The Turkish Embassy, The Pakastani Embassy, the Asian Society, The Natural History Museum, Himalayan Museum of Art and The United Nations among countless other venues in NYC and the United States. He has also performed on NPR and PBS. He has performed in Africa, Canada, Holland, and Italy. He has been awarded grants from the Turkish American Society and The Maryland Council For The Arts.
TOMCHESS & THE LOVEDOGS
tomchess first formed the Lovedogs in 1999 as a vehicle to explore musical visions coming from his many experiences within wide-ranging musical worlds:
"...My inspiration is drawn from my evolving realizations of love and life; listening to an inner convergence, the rhythms of life, nature/city sounds, my experiences as a human being and artist and listening to music from all parts of the world. The deeper I listen, the more I hear unity/universals in how sound is used and celebrated, as well as differences. The World is chock-full of beautiful and multi-colored infinitudes of expression through sound. Music embraces within it the means to overcome and transcend religious, political and social boundaries as a powerful transformative vehicle. Its also simply just alot of fun. My playing is an expression of my past experiences re-coded into a vision through the present co-emergent moment towards beneficial future possibilities; its an expression of celebration; its a constant journey towards a deeper/wider resonance of Unity."
"...Tomchess & The Lovedogs....drinking from the deep clear sufi wells and ascending to dolphynian heights of sensoral grooving bliss..."-Charles Blass, 89.9 fm WKCR, NYC.