Artists Tom Walsh

Born & raised — classically — in St John’s, Newfoundland, Tom Walsh lived & worked in Toronto for more than ten years before rebooting in Montréal.

He’s performed &/or recorded improvisational or popular music with/for such artists as: Steven Barry, Iva Bittova, Jane Bunnett, Pierre Cartier, Michel F Côté, Paul Cram, Michel Cusson, Jean Derome, Lisle Ellis, Fred Frith, Vinny Golia, Bill Grove, Gerry Hemingway, Julius Hemphill, Jim Hillman, DD Jackson, Oliver Jones, Guy Kluscevek, Michel Lemieux, Robert Marcel Lepage, Evan Lurie, René Lussier, Al MacDowell, Joe McPhee, Phil Minton, David Mott, Bern Nix, Mary Margaret O’Hara, poet Michael Ondaatje, Zappa’s Don Preston, Bobby Wiseman, the Cowboy Junkies, the Barenaked Ladies, and Bran Van 3000 in Canada, the United States or throughout Europe.

As composer, his commissions include Toronto’s Hemispheres Orchestra — he’s a founding member — (2x); mezzo soprano Kimberly Barber (3 things suite — words by e e cummings); Montréal choreographers Estelle Clareton (3x), Jose Navas (2x) and Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood (2x); Halifax’s Upstream Ensemble; CBC Morningside; Buddies in Bad Times’ new theatre launch; film-maker Don McKellar (Blue, with David Cronenberg & Tracy Wright); video artist Dennis Day (Autobiography); playwright sensation Daniel MacIvor (Jump); interactive media pioneer Don Ritter (Excity); marionettiste/performance artiste Marcelle Hudon (Madame Chen, Portraits d’un renard), new technology and electronic art symposium ISEA‘95 (Genesis After Babel), new technology music presenters [the user] (Pozon for solo trombone) and Contemporary Music Projects (the man with seven toes — words by Michael Ondaatje).

Since the early nineties, working “in the cracks” between the Jazz Avant Garde, Contemporary Classical and Alternative New music traditions, Tom has developed a unique name for himself as the leader or co-leader of six contemporary Canadian groups: Walsh/Underhill, with Toronto’s own sax genie, Richard Underhill; Midi tapant (High Noon), digital/acoustic adventures with Pierre Tanguay& “found-sound"; Swifty Lazarus, experiments with sound/media manipulations & Todd Swift’s spoken word; Pots & Pans, a six piece modern cabaret “pit orchestra of the mind"; Royal Jelly, an exclusive hiphopjazz party band; and, last but not least, the infamous “7-headed hydra” known as Noma, perhaps Canadian jazz’s first harmonic de-scaler.

More recently, Tom completed an Eastern European solo trombone concert tour in 2000. On record, he’s featured on more than 40 national or international releases (from most of the names above), including a healthy dose of the Ambiances Magnétiques catalogue.

Tom Walsh

St John’s (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada), 1960

Residence: Toronto (Ontario, Canada)

  • Composer
  • Performer (trombone, sampler)

Associated groups

On the web

Tom Walsh
  • Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms, from left to right: Tom Walsh, , Guillaume Dostaler, Jean Derome, Pierre Tanguay [Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay, September 2007]
  • Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms, from left to right: Jean Derome, Guillaume Dostaler, , Pierre Tanguay, Tom Walsh [Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay, September 2007]
  • Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms, from left to right: Tom Walsh, , Guillaume Dostaler, Jean Derome, Pierre Tanguay [Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay, September 2007]
  • Tom Walsh at O Patro Vys [Photo: Marcel Dubois, Montréal (Québec), March 7, 2004]
  • Tom Walsh at Western Front [Photo: Laurence Svirchev, Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada), February 20, 2004]
  • Tom Walsh [Photo: Lincoln Clarkes, 1990]
  • Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms in concert
  • Tom Walsh [Photo: Céline Côté]

Appearances

empreintes DIGITALes / IMED 9736, IMED 9736_NUM / 1997

Blog

  • The 5th edition of the Open Ears Festival will be held from April 26 to May 1, 2005 in Kitchener, Ontario (Canada). Zeena Parkins, Ikue Mori, Hildegard Westerkamp, Anne Bourne, Tom Walsh and Pierre Tanguay are amongst the artists featured t…

    Monday, February 21, 2005 / In concert

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