TAVO CARBONE is an aspiring gentleman from America who sings songs. He is a writer, musician, painter and primarily utilizes the voice guitar or piano backed by a rotating lineup of musicians. Locations Tavo has called home over the years as a white male are limitless — most notably including the West Village & Brooklyn NY, Paris France, Berlin Germany and more recently Burlington VT.
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 — such as “All the People” “Who’s The Boss?” and “Douchebag Caveat” — find Carbone 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 recording harks back to early 4-track machine albums while fully embracing the limitless palette of contemporary music expression. Engineered & Mixed by Benjamin Mayock, complete with Artwork by Tavo and music videos by Connor Kammerer. The LP explores the transitory themes of home, identity, family, colonization, and social disintegration via spiritual corrosion in modern-day corporate America.
Narcissyphus is out now for Digital Download and soon on Spotify along with Tavo’s discography this February. Available on Compact Disc and Tape at shows for time being, and on Vinyl this summer. Tour begins late Jan - Mar 2019 solo — Continuing throughout 2019/into 2020 on several legs that with feature accompanying live musicians and video art projection.
Tavo Carbone has played concerts with 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, and others.
Music/art influences include:
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