Tom's upcoming release 'weathering' is the story of losing hope, losing home, seeking clarity, and eventually finding a way back to life and light.
"We're used to confessional singer-songwriters sharing their deepest problems in words. Tom Eaton does it much more subtly and effectively with instrumental music. "weathering" is his emotionally resonant expression of the struggles, realizations, and hard-won satisfactions of mid-life."
- Stephen Hill, Hearts of Space
Tom Eaton is a GRAMMY® award-nominated American musician, producer, and mastering engineer. Using vintage and modern synthesizers, guitars, fretted and fretless basses, myriad sonic sculpting devices, field recordings, and his signature piano, Tom composes what Ambient Music Guide calls “lush, shadowed, emotional music that’s rich in harmonies and oceanic layers and so deliciously slow.” The spatial and dynamic aesthetic of the classic Hearts of Space, Windham Hill, and Private Music albums resonate through Tom’s work, described by Hypnagogue as “breathtaking…rich, complex and beautifully structured.” Tom’s music has been featured on Echoes, Hearts of Space, Star’s End, SiriusXM, and NPR.
Since 1993 Tom has been producing, engineering, mastering, and playing on albums for other artists, and since 2009 he has been collaborating with Will Ackerman (GRAMMY® winning guitarist, producer, and founder of Windham Hill Records) making albums for some of the best musicians working in the modern instrumental and New Age genres. Tom and Will produced and toured with the award-winning ensemble FLOW (featuring Will, Lawrence Blatt, Fiona Joy Hawkins, and Jeff Oster), playing Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall multiple times, The Grammy Museum in LA, and The Jazz Museum in New Orleans, among many other venues. Brothers, a trio album written and performed by Tom, Will, and Jeff, was nominated for a GRAMMY® Award in 2021. Will’s current album, Positano Songs, which Tom and Will produced and Tom recorded, mixed, mastered, and contributed piano and bass to, was nominated for a 2022 GRAMMY® award.
Tom lives in rural New Hampshire with his wife, two cats, and a rotating cast of nearly grown children. His studio, Sounds & Substance, is a two-story converted barn containing a mastering studio on the first floor and Tom's composing space on the second floor, filled with instruments and natural light. He draws inspiration from the woods and pastures just outside his door and the nearby Atlantic coast.