Tavo Carbone is an American songwriter in the Experimental Folk-Pop-Old-Time-y neighborhood of mutated genres. Raised in Brooklyn NY, Tavo has circumvented homes in Paris, Vermont, Germany, and more recently his RV. With musical influences that include Michael Hurley, Tom Waits, Lord Buckley and Frank Zappa, Carbone has independently released over 17 albums since 2001. Some can be found on Spotify/Amazon/ITunes/etc, but most can be purchased in tactile formats at shows on CD, Tape (and soon Vinyl). After several years of not touring, Tavo is now doing little else. NEW LP’s Narcissyphus (1/19) & Songs Sung, Vol. 1 (5/19) out now! Narcissyphus Tour Leg 1 is Jan-Aug and Leg 2 will run October 2019 - March 2020.

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NARCISSYPHUS US TOUR is Jan - Aug 2019, Solo voice/guitar/piano. Thus far Tavo has played dates in VT NY PA MD VA NC SC GA AL MS LA TX OK KS NM CO AZ CA , with upcoming dates in OR WA MT SD NE KS OK MO IA IL WI MI IN KY TN NC GA SC VA MD PA NY MA VT. For show info, please see TOUR < UPCOMING SHOWS.

4.26 - HOUSE SHOW*_Oakland CA / 4.27 - THE SILVER ORANGE_Sacramento CA / 4.28 - ARMADILLO MUSIC_Davis CA / 4.29 - SHANACHIE PUB_Willits CA / 5.01 - BANDIT CAFE_Eureka CA / 5.03 - SIREN’S SONG TAVERN _Eureka CA, 4-8 PM / 5.05 - ARTS FIRST FESTIVAL_Eureka CA / 5.10 - GREATER GOODS _Ojai CA / 5.15 - BOOBIETRAP*Los Angeles CA, 8 PM (Link) / 5.18 - GREATER GOODS Ojai CA, 7 PM / 5.30 - WAS IST DAS?* Cabaret Los Angeles CA (Link) / 5.31 - THE FRANKLIN HOUSE*Los Angeles CA / 6.01 - PECAN GROVE PARK_Los Angeles CA / 6.02 - GREATER GOODS _Ojai CA, TBA / 6.04 - HOUSE SHOW*_Fresno CA / 6.05 - HOUSE SHOW*_San Francisco CA / 6.07 - ARMADILLO MUSIC _Davis CA, 7-8 PM / 6.08 - SHINE _Sacramento CA / 6.12 - WHIRLED PIES Eugene OR, 6:30 PM / 6.15 - HOUSE SHOW _Portland OR (FB event or email for address!) / 6.16 - THE SPACE CONCERT CLUB _Salem OR / 6.17 - TURN! TURN! TURN! _Portland OR , w. Half Shadow + The Enchanted / 6.18 - LE VOYEUR _Olympia WA / 6.27 - THE CAVE COLLECTIVE _Rapid City SD / 6.30 - KIRBY’S BEER STORE _Wichita KS, 7 PM / 7.05 - WHITTIER BOOKS*_Tulsa OK / 7.18 - FLICKER THEATER & BAR*_Athens GA w. Emileigh Ireland / 7.20 - TUA LINGUA*_North Charleston SC / 7.23 - TROLLINGWOOD TAPROOM _Greenville NC / 7.25 - MAGNOLIA HOUSE Charlottesville VA / 7.30 - PIANOS (upstairs lounge) _New York City, NY / 8.8 - PETE’s CANDY STORE _Brooklyn NY, TBA / 8.10 - JOHNNY BRENDA’s _Philadelphia PA, TBA

  • shows & details updated regularly

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The Snare, Silver Spring MD, 2/8/19. Photo by W. Cook

The Snare, Silver Spring MD, 2/8/19. Photo by W. Cook

ALL THE PEOPLE by Tavo Carbone. Video Filmed + Directed by Connor Kammerer. From LP NARCISSYPHUS (released Jan 19). Tavo Carbone - voice, pianos, guitars Adele Mori - cellos Engineered / Mixed / Produced by Benjamin Mayock Co-Recorded / Arranged / Produced - Tavo Carbone All Music / Words © Tavo Carbone. Filmed in NYC February 2019 by Connor Kammerer.

at Scot Nery’s Boobietrap, 5/15 in Los Angeles CA

at Scot Nery’s Boobietrap, 5/15 in Los Angeles CA

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PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA, 2/6/19. Photo by M. Hartman

PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia PA, 2/6/19. Photo by M. Hartman

Video by Horace Wendell. Soft Align excerpt from Disco Forest (2013).

at Carriage Barn at Park McCullough, N. Bennington VT - 8.25.18 -  Photography © TW Collins 2018

Available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, Deezer, elsewhere

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Recorded an Album today, ‘Live’(no audience) album today in Ojai CA at Greater Goods with venue/non-profit founder Vaughn Montgomery, who’s a bear-heart-ed catalyst for the Meiners Oaks / Ojai community in the best way - concerning music, local forum dialogue, charitable causes, human footprints/ planetary advocacy, event coordination — tirelessly hosting events and adeptly adapting to conjure a variable people-soup; kind of a minister of cultural nutrition in my opinion. Greater Goods is a unique, remarkable and sorely necessary venue in Meiners Oaks CA. Vaughn lent me his ears, so I said I’d sing him a song — some if it’s out of key, but I got by with a little help from my friend and we have tracked 29 songs, spare voice/ac. guitar, in the vacant warm-wooden room of Greater Goods. No overdubs. The Album will be released May 23rd as “Songs Sung , vol. 1” and span select tunes from albums 2001 - 2019.

4/15/19, Oak View CA: Solo acoustic Open & Figure in Movement

4/9: NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest submission has been approved! “Dramaturgical Promulgations” (Recorded in Joshua Tree CA, 3/2019)

4.2: INTERVIEW w. Cary Banasiak on THE SNARE Podcast, Silver Spring MD (3/19) Link

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A nightmarish collection of beautiful orchestration and playful weirdness...His unique brand of lyrical poetry will catch you off guard and is at times laugh-out-loud funny -- His voice is striking, often sounding like a downtrodden Disney character from the 1930’s. The depths he’s discovered in these recordings (especially fun in over-ear headphones) are a perfect compliment to the Trump-era hellscape. - Jay Purdy, Philadelphia PA

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People are the true flowers of life, and it has been a most precious pleasure to have temporarily strolled in your garden - Lord Buckley

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind - William Shakespeare

Stereotypes lose their power when the world is found to be more complex than the stereotype would suggest. When we learn that individuals do not fit the group stereotype, then it begins to fall apart - Ed Koch

Sweet it is, when on the high seas the winds are lashing the waters, to gaze from the land on another's struggles - Lucretius

Majorities, of course, start with minorities
- Robert Moses

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2/3 SKELETON  (2007) Old Time-y Folk/Pop

2/3 SKELETON (2007) Old Time-y Folk/Pop

DISCO FOREST  (2013) Experimental / Ambient

DISCO FOREST (2013) Experimental / Ambient

FORWARD  (2008) Live 17-piece Orchestra

FORWARD (2008) Live 17-piece Orchestra

UP THE BEANSTALK  (2003) 4-track recordings

UP THE BEANSTALK (2003) 4-track recordings

HORSE’S MOUTH  (2010) Band/Pop/Chamber

HORSE’S MOUTH (2010) Band/Pop/Chamber

EAR TRAINING  (2007) Chamber/Ambient

EAR TRAINING (2007) Chamber/Ambient

CAVALCADE  (2002) 4-track recordings

CAVALCADE (2002) 4-track recordings