TAVO CARBONE is an aspiring gentleman from America who sings original songs. A singer, guitarist, writer and painter, Tavo primarily utilizes the guitar & piano backed by a rotating lineup of musicians. Locations he has called home over the years are many — the West Village, Brooklyn NY, Paris France, Berlin Germany and Burlington VT. As of 2019, he lives/travels out of an RV around the country.
Recorded albums since 2001 range in sonic quality from crude to manicured; four-track machines to pristine Protools sterility. They include Pitch (2005), Up the Beanstalk (2003), Hello (2003), Oakley Furgason and the Trapezoidal Dilemma (2001), Cavalcade (2002), Ribcageophone (2004), In the Ballroom (2005) & Indian War Tuxedo: Demo Recordings ‘98 - ‘12 (2012).
Carbone toured the US for several years with albums 2/3 Skeleton and Ear Training (2007), the 17-piece orchestra live album Forward (2008) & Horse's Mouth (2010) which toured under said pseudonym in a frantic egotistical tornado until (somewhat like the Spiders from Mars band) diffused in a nuclear cloud of exhaustion around 2012.
Tavo returned to home recording, releasing Disco Forest (2013) and I I (2014) during a brief hiatus from performance. In 2015 he began work on new LP Narcissyphus (out now as of 1.21.19), which is a straight-ahead return to songwriting and his most confident artistic work to date. The album traverses a broad spectrum of musical genres while retaining a fluid, distinct and honed dialect — mutating contemporary Pop with musical elements of Experimental, Folk, Punk, Dub, Chamber and even aspects of ‘Hype-Hop’ as a verbally engaging and architecturally elaborate body of produced work.
Narcissyphus prominently features landscapes of cello played by longtime collaborator Adele Mori, plus piano by former teacher Allen Shawn for the Charles Ives cover Like a Sick Eagle. The 10 songs include All the People, Who’s The Boss? + Douchebag Caveat, with Tavo playing a multitude of instruments (guitar, bass, ukulele, piano, organs, mellotron, samplers, accordion and percussion that includes power drill, cheese grater, house keys and a dog leash). The recent LP harks back to early 4-track machine albums while fully embracing the vast palette of contemporary music expression. Engineered & Mixed by Benjamin Mayock, complete with artwork and music videos by Connor Kammerer. The album explores the transitory themes of home, identity, family, colonization, and social disintegration via spiritual corrosion in modern-day corporate America.
Available for Digital Download on Bandcamp, Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, Tidal and other listening platforms — also purchasable in physical format on Compact Disc and Cassette at shows / via mail order, and Vinyl this summer. Tavo is currently touring Narcissyphus solo throughout the U.S., continuing throughout 2019/2020 on several legs with accompanying live musicians and video art projection.
Tavo Carbone has played shows at Union Pool, The Silent Barn, Pete’s Candy Store, Pianos, Trash Bar, PhilaMOCA, Rockwood Music Hall, DangerDanger Gallery, Public Assembly, Johnny Brenda’s, The Double Door, Rock Shop, Whittier Books, Glasslands Gallery, The Blue Plate Special, HiLO, Magnolia House, Cake Shop, Super Happy Fun Land, Krankie’s Coffee, The Bell House, Death by Audio, The Snare, Tua Lingua, Firehouse XIII, The Eclipse, Under the Mooch, Flicker Theatre + Bar, The Night Light, Springwater, Pale Fire Brewing, The Night Rider, The Cavern, The Soundpony, Natrix Natrix Records, 1919 Hemphill, Brooklyn Lyceum, Freddie’s, Sidewalk Cafe, Pine Box Rock Shop, Tea Bazaar, The Hook, Padlock Gallery, John Rivers Communications Museum, New Street Gallery, Jackrabbit Lounge, Gaslight Tavern, The Firehouse, The Tinderbox, Radio Bean, Palindrome, Lazy Eye Warehouse, Spazzatorium, Trollingwood, Spazzhouse, Jackpot Saloon, Kings Tavern, Green Line Cafe, Grog & Tankard, Speakertree Records, The Taphouse, The Rabbit Hole, Lit Lounge, Spike Hill, The Hook, Cafe Bourbon Street, Goodbye Blue Monday, Preservation Pub, Tipsy Teapot, Outer Space, Cameo Gallery, Bruar Falls, Monster Island, Kung Fu Necktie, Little Field, Your Mom’s House, Lizard Tail Brewing, Oxygen Bar, VAE Masonic Hall, Nick’s Ice House & elsewhere.
Musical/artistic influences: Tom Waits, Michael Hurley, Lord Buckley, Charles Ives, Mister Rogers, Charlie Christian, T-Bone Walker, Bob Dylan, Gabby Pahinui, Muddy Waters, Randy Newman, Roy Buchanan, Sonnyboy Williamson II, Howlin' Wolf, Al Bowlly & Ray Noble Orchestra, Captain Beefheart, Debussy, The Fugs, The Beatles, Thelonious Monk, Radiohead, Schoenberg, Bartok, Olivier Messiaen, Albert Collins, Danny Gatton, Harry Partch, Frank Zappa, Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sun Ra, Nirvana, Liberace, L7, Mudhoney, Smashing Pumpkins, Stravinsky, Barry White, Lonnie Johnson, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Francis Bacon, Jackson Pollack, Giotto, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, The Village People, John Lennon, etc
Artists/Bands played with include: Pattern is Movement, The Extraordinaires, The Spinto Band, Helado Negro, Real Estate, The Books, Will Stratton, Jonny Fritz, Dinosaur Feathers, Blast Off!, MiniBoone, Manners, The Armchairs, Lonnie Walker, Frances, Wailing Wall, Marc Benevento, Ross Goldstein, Grandchildren, Wighead, Cameron Hull, The Viennagram, Paper Bird, Invisible Hand, among many others.