Born: August 8, 1963 Primary Instrument: Guitar, acoustic
Tom Carleno founded the eclectic jazz ensemble Perpetual Motion with violinist Josie Quick in 1989. Their music is a wellspring of influences, from swing to blues to latin music. Tom's intriguing compositional approach springs from his constant use of innovative tunings for his guitar. This technique enables him to use a unique harmonic vocabulary that gives Perpetual Motion its characteristic depth and color. His fingerstyle technique provides both harmony and melody to create a contrapuntal foundation for the rest of the band. He studied music at the University of Colorado at Denver and guitar and composition with Steve Mesple' of Wind Machine. Tom is an instructor in rock, jazz, acoustic fingerstyle, and composition.