An Arthur Street Loft Orchestra special.
Sydney-based composer and double bassist Tom Botting returns to The Third Eye with a stellar band of local and visiting musicians to present a collection of his compositions for large ensemble in association with the Arthur Street Loft Orchestra series.
Originally from New Zealand, Tom has been making regular trips to his spiritual home of Wellington over the last years to perform with some of his favourite players and ruddy good mates. Last year saw him open the 2019 ASLO series with 2 sets of music for quintet and large ensemble as well as presenting a double bill with long-time collaborator and fellow brewing enthusiast Callum Allardice as part of the Wellington Jazz Festival.
Tom’s music bursts with melodic sensibility and rhythmic propulsion, coupled with a knack for creating frameworks for expressive individual and group creativity. Born out of a constant longing and search for the ideals of home, this is music that the listener will both resonate with and find meaning in. Since relocating from Auckland to Sydney in late 2011, Tom has become a stalwart of the Australian jazz scene. His impressive abilities as a sideman have led to playing opportunities with jazz luminaries as diverse as Roger Manins, James Muller, and Walter Smith III. Tom placed third in the 2015 National Jazz Awards at Wangaratta Jazz Festival and graduated with a PhD from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2019.