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Tom Rogerson is a composer, improvising pianist and keyboardist, and the founder of experimental electronic-rock band Three Trapped Tigers. He has collaborated with numerous artists, as well as pursuing his own solo piano career, and running Proof Positive; an influential improvisation night in London. His debut solo album will be released in the autumn of 2017.
Born in Suffolk, Tom initially focused on composition, studying at the Royal Academy of Music, where his teachers included Harrison Birtwistle and Dominic Muldowney. After his debut as an improvising pianist at the Fringe of the Aldeburgh Festival in 2002, he began to focus on live performance, culminating in his first album, recorded with Reid Anderson (The Bad Plus) and Mike Lewis (Happy Apple) while he lived in New York City.
On returning to London, he began exploring electro-acoustic improvisation, which led to the< ormation in 2007 of Three Trapped Tigers with Matt Calvert (guitar) and Adam Betts (drums). Initially founded to explore the possibilities of replicating electronic music techniques in live performance, it has since developed to the midpoint between rock, electronic, jazz and noise. The band found early success with the release of three critically acclaimed EPs, and subsequent full-length album ‘Route One or Die in 2011’.
They have since performed and collaborated with a diverse array of artists including Brian Eno, Deftones, Dillinger Escape Plan, Stale Storlokken (Supersilent), and Karl Hyde (Underworld.)
At the same time, Tom has continued his interest in improvisation through recording his own solo music and collaborating with Leo Abrahams, Matthew Bourne (pianist), Charles Hayward (This Heat), Tom Challenger and Thomas Gould. He also co-produced the debut album of Emmy the Great, and remains a member of iconic psychedelic band The Red Krayola.
His most recent release was an electronic-folk fusion record in 2015 as a member of a band thatvincluded Anna Meredith and Aidan O’Rourke (Lau). In 2016 – in addition to the Brian Eno collaboration – Three Trapped Tigers will release their second full-length album.