Tom Caufield – DTLA Art Walk music
The Last Bookstore is pleased to present atmospheric composer/guitarist Tom Caufield performing a one hour set of contemplative, mysterious ambient clouds that induce calm yet provide a space to think. Join us to enjoy Caufield’s signature talent for conjuring the sublime.
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Tom Caufield’s latest album Wash the Dusk with Silver is instrumental ambient-chamber music with post-minimalist and progressive elements. Nylon string guitar, piano, cello, electronica and found sounds blend to create music that is powerful, intimate, gorgeous, experimental yet accessible. The album includes seven new original compositions alongside pieces by modern music icons Philip Glass, Max Richter and Johann Johannsson. The album was ranked the #3 album of the month for November on Echoes, a nationally syndicated program broadcast on over 120 NPR affiliates.
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Originally from Michigan, Tom Caufield was the first son of a northern father and southern mother, and enjoyed an idyllic boyhood of sledding, skating, pond swimming, boy scouts, little league, music lessons, reading and eventually, marijuana. The haunting, mysterious hymns of the Catholic church were his earliest musical influence and form the basis of his modal, contemplative, longing, searching, near-ambient approach.
Other lasting influences were early readings of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden and Frederick Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, which articulated an internal dialectic between the poignancy of memory and thrill of exploration in Caufield that shows up in his music as the tension and release of opposing yet mutually dependent values.
He was invited to perform at the Echoes studios in October of this year, taping two live sets. Show host and producer John Diliberto said: “Tom Caufield is one of the most inventive guitarists around. His albums are conceptual works that take the acoustic guitar beyond what you’d expect, including works for Moog and chamber orchestra. Albums like Moog & Nylon and Forging the Moonlight take the instrument into new terrain. His latest album, Wash the Dusk with Silver, is an ambient chamber music masterpiece. He also produced one of the two best seasonal albums of the last decade, I Heard It Was Christmas Day.”
Caufield’s music is featured regularly on Sirius XM, Echoes, and many other NPR affiliate stations.