New CD Out! Tom Varner's original nonet project, Nine Surprises, is now at CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, and HMV Digital.
It features Seattle's top players Thomas and David Marriott, Mark Taylor, Eric Barber, Jim DeJoie, Steve Treseler, Phil Sparks, and Byron Vannoy in a 15-part suite and two more extended compositions.
A 'real' cd or a download can be purchased at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/tomvarner
The iTunes download is at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/nine-surprises/id923101090
Here is one section of the suite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk1eSaa4OCs
Nine Surprises : there will always be more surprises, no matter what. Deaths of loved ones, young and old. New babies, getting fired, new jobs, sickness, new joys, crazy wonderful kids that surprise you, great new music to discover. This is music about reflection and also being ready to jump in with the next project. Filtered through JS Bach, Gil Evans, Steve Lacy, into the next "what if I had a beer with JS Bach and this music came out?" Tom Varner project. My 14th as a leader. -TV
Extra News! Tom is now a full-time Assistant Professor of Music at Cornish
College of the Arts.
Tom will be a featured artist at the International Horn Society's Annual Symposium on June 22, 2011. It will be great to see many horn friends from all over the world. For more information: http://symposium.hornsociety.org/
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Heaven and Hell, Tom's new CD, is now out! Click here for lots of info and a discount (put 'heaven' in the promo code).
Julius Watkins Jazz French Horn Festival! After a ten-year break, the 6th one was held in Seattle on October 3, 2009-Tom Varner, John Clark, Vincent Chancey, Adam Unsworth, and more! A great success. Read more at: www.cornish.edu/music/watkins, and an Earshot piece on the event is at www.earshot.org/Publication/pub/09september.pdf, page 9.
Tom Varner Tentet-OmniTone cd release celebration! Tom's performance
of his new work and cd Heaven and Hell, was at Seattle's Earshot Jazz Festival,
Good Shepherd Chapel in Wallingford, October 29, 2009. An Earshot 2008 interview
about the piece, from the time of its premiere and recording, is at www.earshot.org/Publication/pub/08april.pdf
, on page 8. This concert featured NY trumpet master Russ Johnson, and Seattleites
Mark Taylor, Eric Barber, Byron Vannoy, and more.
In Fall 2005, Tom Varner moved to Seattle with his wife Terri and kids Jack and Hope. Read about the move — and a lot more — at January '05 Earshot Jazz newsletter [5 pages].
What the critics say...
"On Swimming, 'Strident' is one of the most amazing things Varner has done, aggressive and bordering on the funky. We missed it before, but this must be one of Varner's best records, possibly the best of all." - Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, 2009
"If a young Duke Ellington were writing 'Harlem Airshaft' today, it might sound something like this disjunctive, spirited and humorous 15-part mental soundtrack of urban living by the brilliant French horn player, composer and arranger Tom Varner. What a complex, delicious suite!" - Paul de Barros Downbeat