Join me for my live guitar concerts from Victoria, Australia. I am performing in unique natural spaces, wonders of mother nature. My compositions create a musical dialogue between the acoustic space I perform in, the flora and fauna of the habitat and the human being.
Upcoming Live and Streamed Concerts
Tarra Valley Concerts
Live from the Rainforests of Tarra Bulga National Park in Victoria, Australia. Join me for 3 streamed guitar concerts, in 3 different locations, premiering my suite based upon the interpretation of a Dreamtime story of the GunaiKurnai Nation.
Tiddalik and Woorayil Musical Suite
Concert Part 1: The Balance of Nature. November 5, 9 a.m (AEDT)
Concert Part 2: The Corroboree and the Punishments of the Bush Spirits. November 12, 3 p.m (AEDT)
Concert Part 3: The Creation of Waratah Bay. November 19, 3 p.m (AEDT
ARTIST AND PERFORMER
Thomas has released five solo instrumental albums in contemporary Jazz, Blues and Flamenco styles. His latest release Spanish Breeze debuted at #36 on the Top 50 JazzWeek World Music Album Charts in 2010 and was #32 on the College Music Journal Jazz Chart. The album features Grammy nominee Alphonso Johnson (Weather Report, Grateful Dead) on Bass, Dave Garfield (George Benson) on Keys, and Walfredo Reyes (Santana) on Drums, and was produced by Grammy nominee Bruce Sugar (Ringo Starr).
As a composer he has received the commission by the UK national Arts Lottery in 1997 to compose the suite, of live acoustic music, called The Immigrant premiered at the Paul Mc Cartney Auditorium in Liverpool, UK, featuring a 38 piece ensemble and multimedia art works.
I will host the first concert at the Kailash Collective in the Grampians, Victoria.
David Wegman manages this unique retreat center, a contemporary Sacred Space set in the pristine nature of the Grampians, Australia. They bring together life through the sharing of love, connection, creativity and awareness.
David will accompany my performance playing the Tibetan Bowl.
The Tibetan Bowls
During my first visit to the Kailash Collective David played me his Tibetan Bowls. I was totally intrigued by one particular bowl that touched my heart.
Interestingly enough, this bowl produces a b9 interval that is considered in Western music an interval to strongly avoid. However, this interval, which is part of the natural harmonic series when used correctly, brings out in all of us the most important feelings, those of the heart.
Therefore, I decided to create a composition that would use the fundamental frequency of the bowl, the Root, 5th Pedal tone and the b9 harmonic.
The composition starts off defining the mode, the tonal center and then builds into a more elaborate emotional contour. Towards the end of the composition I slowly take the audience back to the root and the core feeling of existence through our hearts.
More Concert Insights: Tarra Bulga
Enjoy 45 minutes of instrumental contemporary guitar music and the spoken storyline set in the Tarra Bulga Rainforest. Feel the music of the Australian bush, it’s spirits and embrace the wisdom of the GunaiKurnai People.
The story teaches us to listen to the birds, trees and animals of the bush and to learn how to form part of this natural balance without destroying it. It teaches us to learn from the wisdom of its ancient inhabitants that would still be here today living in the same manner as they had for over 30 thousand years, if it had not been for imposing on them, our contemporary need of wealth and gain. It teaches us to be one within nature.
Our audience is the forest. For some brief moments we will be the songmen of the bush, we will play and talk to the trees and birds, we will listen to their words and wisdom and for some brief moments be the Lyrebirds of this bush.
My original objective was to share with you music that comes alive in me when I stroll through the pathways of this forest. However, I felt curious about how others felt about this special part of Victoria. Thus, I wanted to understand how the Brataualung people felt about this old growth forest characteristic of a time when they were only present.
I met up with Wayne Thorpe, an elder of the GunaiKurnai people and was very humbled to hear how my values were similar to his people that have been living here for over 60000 years.
I then decided to incorporate in my compositions a story of the Brataualung people that would express the delicate balance of nature and how people could easily destroy it. I choose the the story of Woorayil and Tiddalik that has come to life with the valuable aid of Wayne Thorpe