TGS PLAYER SPOTLIGHT - TOM YODER


Tom Yoder Spotlight


"The Marriage of Figaro Overture" from his CD Twisted Circles And The Theory Of Everything
TGS Spotlight Player from March 14, 2013

Tom Yoder has released four studio recordings: Eat This It’s Safe, The Moment the Apple Falls, Tomfoolery and his fourth CD, Twisted Circles And The Theory Of Everything.


The 12 tracks on Twisted Circles And The Theory Of Everything are symphonic pieces in which he transcribed, arranged and played all the parts on guitar and bass guitar. He also mixed and mastered the recording. Among the pieces are the overtures to two Mozart operas, “The Marriage Of Figaro” and “Die Zauberflote” and the first movement of J.S. Bach’s third Brandenburg Concerto. There are other selections by Vivaldi and Haydn. He ends the recording with Paganini’s 15th Caprice, the only solo effort in the work.


Following the success of his first release Eat This It’s Safe, Tom continued to cut a brilliant, unpredictable trail. The Moment the Apple Falls showed his growth and maturity as a composer, yet the music never strays from a tightly knit, acoustic journey. His third CD Tomfoolery, was yet another step, mixing electric guitar with his signature acoustic. He took his many influences and ideas and blended them into a wide variety of tunes. Thus assuring himself of his own unique corner of the guitar world. As Steve Ross-Elliott at acousticguitarworkshop.com put it:


"Goddamn it boy, I think this may be a work of genius. It’s so original and cool and inspiring. Mixing electric and acoustic could have gone horribly wrong, but you have created a monster is the best sense."


The title track from The Moment the Apple Falls was the winner of the 2004 Independent Music Awards New Age category. He followed that up with another win in 2010 Independent Music Awards New Age category for the song “Locked In” from the Tomfoolery CD. Tom is a former faculty member of Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. His experience as an instructor has helped him in conducting successful guitar clinics throughout the Carolinas. These days he continues teaching privately (in person and via the internet), gigging and does and is available for session work (Pro Tools and Logic).


Tom’s first effort Eat This It’s Safe was very well received. Tunes from the CD get plenty of airplay on regional public radio as well as NPR’s daily program All Things Considered. Four songs from the CD did well in songwriting competitions: “Mashu Mashu” was a finalist in the 2002 Independent Music Awards and the UK Songwriting Competition as well as the Great American Song contest. “The Wedding,” “94 Letters” and “Jennah” were all finalists in the MOVA Arts Festival songwriting competition.


Tom has played a wide variety of music through the years. You can see him play loud, fast, electric guitar at www.tomyoder.com. He has played the National Anthem several times at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans minor league baseball team home games. He also writes an occasional instructional column for www.acousticguitarworkshop.com and www.guitar9.com. Check him out at his web site or on Facebook. His recordings are available at CD Baby and iTunes among other outlets.


Visit Tom Yoder's website at www.tomyoder.com


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