"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Uncut JANUARY 2018 - by Nigel Williamson
TOM ROGERSON WITH BRIAN ENO: FINDING SHORE
Well-travelled Suffolk pianist goes solo with help from a famous friend
Rogerson's CV includes studying under Harrison Birtwistle at the Royal Academy, being one-third of the jazzy, noisy Three Trapped Tigers, playing lounge piano in a dilapidated hotel and a chance meeting with Brian Eno outside the toilets after a gig. That encounter led to his debut solo album, on which he uses a Moog Piano Bar to transform his keyboard improvs into a Midi signal, which Eno then manipulates with his usual binary mix of naïvety and sophistication. The result is an impressionistic and intriguing set of instrumentals that draw on an eclectic set of influences from the obvious (Satie and Glass) to the surprising (gamelan and Robert Miles).