His 2014 GRAMMY® nominated recording of John Cage’s The Ten Thousand Things on the MicroFest label with acclaimed pianists Aron Kallay and Vicki Ray, legendary percussionist William Winant and a recently discovered recording of John Cage himself performing 45’ for a Speaker, was the first American recording of this seminal work.
As a composer, Tom specializes in creating music for silent films, performing original scores through looping electronics and synchronized electronic soundscapes. In April 2013, he premiered his original score to the 1927 silent classic The Passion of Joan of Arc—his ninth film—at the Toronto Silent Film Festival with Joelle Morton on tenor viol. The score was featured in a radio broadcast over the CBC. He has also written music for the John Pennington Dance Group’s Yield of Vision, Podcast and Blow, and Parson’s Nose Theater’s presentations of Everyman and Cendrillon. His latest score to John Ford’s classic western The Iron Horse (1924) will be premiered at The Autry National Center in March 2015.
Tom is also a prolific writer and is the Aspie of The Aspie and the NT. This blog, written together with his wife Linda, documents his life on the autism spectrum as someone diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and its effect on their relationship.