TOM FERRIS - New Album: THE RED ROOM

Tom Ferris releases ‘The Red Room’ August 18th at The Basement Sydney Tom Ferris grew up in the 60’s and studied classical guitar from the age of eight. Tom recalls, ”How lucky was I that we lived so close to a teacher who taught me the value of being able to read music, it was a springboard that has over the years opened so many musical doors for me.” Even as a young guitarist he found himself working with musicians and entertainers both local and from abroad, who had been stars of the industry for years. Tom has worked with artists like Vera Lynn, Matt Monroe, Max Bygreaves, Cilla Back, Jackie Trent and Tony Hatch, the list goes on. There was even a season with The Australian Ballet Company performing in Michael Kamens “Caravan” (a ballet based on the music of Duke Ellington). Session work was also coming his way with calls to work on albums, jingles television and movie scores. Tom was the original guitar player and regular on Australias’ long serving soap opera “Home and Away”. He recalls, ”every Thursday the musicians including colleague and longtime friend Leon Gaer would arrive at the studio for an 8:30 am start and we’d manage to lay down a weeks worth of underscore in just three hours, the pressure was on and overdubs were frowned upon. We did that for three years straight”.Television work as house guitarist includes Network Nines Midday Show, Network Tens Starsearch and appearances on many other productions. Motion Picture soundtracks have also played a big part in Toms career and most recently he has worked with composers David Hirschfelder on the movie “Australia”, and with Basil Hogios on “Romulus My Father”, both internationally acclaimed. A few years ago he decided it was time to devote more time to his own music and the result is three very diverse albums, “Waxhead”, “Declassified”(with Leon Gaer) and now “The Red Room” with Stefan Nowak on keyboards, and featuring world renowned drummer Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa band), bassist Leon Gaer, percussionist Jess Ciampa, and Andrew Oh on Saxophone. With ten original instrumental tracks, the two essentials, melody and groove are celebrated on this cool jazz album and drawing from the fusion of many genres provides over forty minutes of great music for the discerning listener. Experience the Tom Ferris Group with Chad Wackerman at The Basement Sydney on August 18.

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