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Although keyboardist Thomas Bartlett cut his teeth as a sideman for Bebel Gilberto, the Swell Season, the National, and David Byrne, he also earned his own accolades as the frontman of Doveman. Bartlett founded the project in 2005 with the release of The Acrobat, a moody debut that highlighted his whispered vocals and ambient, jazz-influenced arrangements. He returned to the solo game two years later, focusing heavily on instrumental numbers with the sophomore effort With My Left Hand I Raise the Dead, before becoming the toast of the blogosphere with a track-by-track re-creation of the Footloose soundtrack in 2008. While continuing to handle keyboard duties for other artists, he found time to record a third album of original material, The Conformist, which arrived in 2009.
Thomas Bartlett (born October 13, 1981), also known as Doveman, is an American pianist, singer, and producer, best known for his work with Glen Hansard, The National, Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly, and The Gloaming.
Born in Vermont, Bartlett studied piano in London with Maria Curcio before moving to New York City. As a teenager, he and lifelong collaborator Sam Amidon formed the folk music band Popcorn Behavior (later known as Assembly), and released three albums.
Upon moving to New York in 2001, Bartlett soon began performing with Chocolate Genius and Elysian Fields, and also worked as Salon.com's music critic, writing first a weekly "Wednesday Morning Download", and later the daily "Audiofile" feature. In recent years, Bartlett has performed and toured extensively with artists like The National, Antony and the Johnsons, Martha Wainwright, Glen Hansard (in both The Frames and The Swell Season) and Bebel Gilberto.End of year post (required) « justlikeanyone says: (2011-12-31). "How Thomas Bartlett, Doveman Keeps Busy | Brooklyn (The Borough)". Brooklyntheborough.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. Walsh, Joan. "Goodbye to Audiofile – Joan Walsh". Salon.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. Swanson, Carl (2010-02-28). "Why Musician Doveman Is Coming Out of His Shell – New York Magazine". Nymag.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01.
The first Doveman record, "The Acrobat", 2005, was produced by Patrick Dillett, one of Bartlett's most frequent collaborators. It was followed in 2007 by "With My Left Hand I Raise the Dead," again produced by Dillett, and released by Brassland Records. In 2008 Bartlett released a self-recorded solo re-imagining of the entire Footloose soundtrack. 2009's "The Conformist," again produced by Dillett, featured members of frequent Doveman collaborators The National, as well as backing vocals by Norah Jones, Glen Hansard, Beth Orton, Martha Wainwright, and Dawn Landes.
Sufjan Stevens, "Carrie & Lowell"Hannah Cohen, "Pleasure Boy"The Gloaming, "The Gloaming"Glen Hansard, Rhythm and ReposeAnna Calvi, "Strange Weather"Bell X1 (band), "Chop Chop" (co-produced with Peter Katis)Sam Amidon, "But This Chicken Proved Falshearted", and "Bright Sunny South" (co-produced with Jerry Boys)Justin Vivian Bond, "Dendrophile" and "Silver Wells"Hannah Cohen, "Child Bride"Trixie Whitley, "Fourth Corner"Dawn Landes, "Bluebird"Julia Stone, "By the Horns"
Bartlett is reported to be working on new records with Glen Hansard and Martha Wainwright, and to have recently finished a covers record of Neil Young's "Harvest", featuring Hansard, Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens, Norah Jones and others.
Selected Sideman Discography
The National, "Boxer," "High Violet," "Trouble Will Find Me"Antony and the Johnsons, "The Crying Light," "Swanlights," "Cut the World," "Turning"David Byrne, "Here Lies Love"Rufus Wainwright, "Out of the Game"Martha Wainwright, "Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, A Paris" and "Come Home to Mama"Bebel Gilberto, "All in One"Elysian Fields, "Bum Raps and Love Taps," "The Afterlife," "Last Night on Earth," "For House Cats and Sea Fans"Miho Hatori, "Ecdysis"Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigleSharon van Etten, "Tramp"Angus & Julia Stone, "Angus & Julia Stone"The Swell Season, "Strict Joy"The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, "Midnight Sun"Plastic Ono Band, "Take Me to the Land of Hell"Marisa Monte, "O Que Voce Quer Saber de Verdade"Iron & Wine, "Kiss Each Other Clean"Joshua Bell, "Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends"Trey Anastasio, "Traveler"
Burgundy Stain Sessions
In January 2011, Bartlett, as Doveman, began a monthly salon style performance series at West Village club (Le) Poisson Rouge, called the Burgundy Stain Sessions, inviting Bartlett's friends to join him and the band on stage. Over the course of the year, performers included Norah Jones, Glen Hansard, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Sara Quin, Beth Orton, Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly, Elysian Fields, Chocolate Genius, Julia Stone, Chris Thile, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Lisa Hannigan, St. Vincent, and many others.
In October 2011, Bartlett music-directed, and co-curated with Hansard, a two night evening at (Le) Poisson Rouge, inspired by the Burgundy Stain Sessions, and celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Other Voices, an Irish music TV show. Performers included Laurie Anderson, Damien Rice, Bell X1 (band), The Lost Brothers, Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner, Gabriel Byrne, Paul Muldoon, Colm McCann, and others.
On October 11, 2012, NPR began a week-long broadcast series devoted to special performances that were captured at The Burgundy Stain Sessions.
On March 5, 2013, the first International Burgundy Stain Session took place at the Adelaide Festival in Australia. On December 14, 2014, Bartlett brought the Sessions to the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland with a line up consisting of Anna Calvi, Glen Hansard, Paul Noonan, Conor O'Brien and Lisa O'Neill.Pareles, Jon (2011-01-16). "Doveman and Friends Make Le Poisson Rouge a Salon". The New York Times. Fusilli, Jim (2011-03-15). "Doveman at (Le) Poisson Rouge: New Feathers in His Cap - WSJ.com". Online.wsj.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. Carr, David (2011-11-01). "Glen Hansard, Colum McCann and Others From Ireland". The New York Times. Bartlett, Thomas. "World Cafe Presents: The Burgundy Stain Sessions". NPR Music. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
In February 2012, the Museum of Modern Art premiered a new collaboration between Doveman and filmmaker Tom Kalin, with Kalin's images set to songs from "The Conformist". The full piece, titled "My Silent One", was premiered in July 2014 at Outfest in Los Angeles.
Bartlett composed and performed the score, and acted as music supervisor, for the 2014 film "Trouble Dolls," starring and co-directed by Jess Weixler and Jennifer Prediger. He also composed the music for Matthu Placek's short film "A Portrait of Marina Abramovic."
In 2011, a new band called The Gloaming was formed, featuring Bartlett, Martin Hayes, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Dennis Cahill. They debuted in Dublin at the National Concert Hall. The Gloaming's self titled debut, produced by Bartlett, was released in 2014 on Real World Records and Brassland, to wide critical acclaim."The dawn of the Gloaming". The Irish Times. 2011-08-18. http://www.examiner.ie/features/dream-team-gather-in-the-gloaming-164703.html
In 2008, Bartlett, Sam Amidon, and Nico Muhly, all native Vermonters, embarked on the "802 Tour", performing a melange of each other's songs and compositions. Muhly and Bartlett continued collaborating, eventually forming a group called Peter Pears, after the great English tenor, and will be releasing a record of their songs together in 2015.
In 2011 Bartlett and Patrick Dillett made a remix of Tegan and Sara's "Alligator", featuring a guest vocal by Sam Amidon.Smith, Steve (2009-09-12). "Chamber, Indie Rock and Much in Between". The New York Times.