Tom Chant is from London, was born in 1975, plays soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet and piano and occasionally writes indeterminate music. Tom served his improvised music apprenticeship at Maggie Nicols’ Gathering sessions in London, between 1994 and 2000 and studied composition with Philip Flood and Sam Hayden.
He has made three CDs with Eddie Prévost on drums and John Edwards on double bass, was a member of the London Improvisers Orchestra for many years, making five recordings with the group and has recorded the triple CD Quartetos with Portuguese duo Telectu. Whilst living in Paris he recorded the CD Cloister with Lebanese guitarist Sharif Sehnaoui and most recently he has recorded the CD Decentred with Angharad Davies, Benedict Drew and John Edwards featuring compositions by John Cage and Michael Pisaro. Since 1996 Tom has also worked with various artists associated with the Ninja Tune record label, most notably as a member of the Cinematic Orchestra. He is a founding member of pop group Marseille Figs.
Tom has been a director of the London Musicians Collective, composed music for film and television, worked in dance and theatre productions, taught in community music education projects, curated series of concerts and club nights and presented a weekly radio show. Tom has lived in Barcelona since 2006 and is active playing improvised music there and around the world.
Photo: Benedict Drew