The exceptional pianist Tom Rogerson has been added to Dead Oceans roster and is releasing his exceptional 13 album ‘Finding Shore’ a collaboration with multi talented Mr. Brian Eno.
Tom Rogerson’s life as an improviser began when, as a toddler, he would clamber up onto his family piano stool and try to emulate his sister’s playing. ‘Finding Shore’ is the sound of Rogerson distilling the essence of what he does after a protracted musical journey from childhood until now. He took the traditional route of music lessons and learning notation before starting composing “properly”. As a 17-year-old he had the odd contrast of being taught by the composer Harrison Birtwistle but also working as lounge pianist in a dilapidated hotel in Peterborough.
Now releasing his second solo album, a collaboration with legend of future-thinking music Brian Eno, he feels that his musical life has come full circle: “I remember smashing out C Major chords again and again and really loving it. It’s the same as what I do now, funnily enough, I’ve come back to it.”
After stints playing jazz in New York, a dilapidated fenland hotel and in noise rock band Three Trapped Tigers, Rogerson ran into Eno at a gig. Bonding over a love of the countryside of their Suffolk home, the pair entered the studio and worked with The Piano Bar, a device that converted the sound of the piano into midi signals, which were then further manipulated. “It was this classic Eno, almost scientific thing,” Rogerson says now. “He always finds a system that can be a source of creativity.”
The result is an album that uses Eno’s magic to pull deep from Rogerson’s subconscious to evoke the strange flat landscape of Eastern England, all heathland, military testing sites and estuary mud. “I do totally hear it, I’ll listen and think, ‘oh that sounds like the bells at Woodbridge, that’s the birds, the wind rustling in the reeds,’” Rogerson says. “I think it permeates my music, and Brian’s ambient records. That ‘is it organic or is it electronic thing’ is so interesting.”
Tom Rogerson has recorded with members of The Bad Plus and is a founding member of British experimental rock trio Three Trapped Tigers, who recently supported Deftones and Thrice around the US.