Tom Peters


Tom Peters, double bass, specializes in performing music that pushes the boundaries of his instrument. His 2014 GRAMMY® nominated recording of John Cage’s The Ten Thousand Things on the MicroFest label with acclaimed pianists Aron Kallay and Vicki Ray, legendary percussionist William Winant, and a recently discovered recording of John Cage himself performing 45’ for a Speaker was the first American recording of this seminal work. He has performed as a soloist with Ensemble Oh-Ton, People Inside Electronics, MicroFest, and the Schindler House and many others, and has been featured on Nordwest Radio in Hamburg, Germany. Tom is a member of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, and Southwest Chamber Music since. He is a lecturer of Double Bass at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at the California State University, Long Beach.
Tom is featured prominently on Plucking, a new album on MicroFest Records with the music of legendary composer Tom Johnson, that will be released in September 2017.
As a composer, Tom creates multimedia works featuring classic silent films. He performs a one-man-orchestra that uses cutting edge computer electronics and synchronized electronic soundscapes. In April 2013, he premiered his original score to the 1927 silent classic The Passion of Joan of Arc—his ninth film—at the Toronto Silent Film Festival with Joelle Morton on tenor viol. The score was featured in a radio broadcast over the CBC. His score to John Ford’s classic western The Iron Horse (1924) premiered at The Autry National Center in Los Angeles in March 2015. The Phantom of the Opera, which premiered on Halloween Night 2015, is his 14th silent film score.
Tom recently premiered new music he wrote for The Man with the Movie Camera, Dziga Vertov’s landmark 1929 documentary, at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon. Two recordings are in the works. The first is Tom’s score to The Man with the Movie Camera, the second is a large-scale work called The Forest.
Tom is also the author of Our Socially Awkward Marriage Funny True Stories from an Asperger’s Relationship, along with his wife Linda Peters.