The Hungarian-American composer and pianist Tom Barabas has made albums with soothing beautiful music famous. The artist's melodies are diverse: it is impossible to rank them as one style. Modern rhythms are intertwined with classical traditions.
All new discs of Tom Barabas (Barabash) were different from each other. The only exceptions were Journey Back To Sedona and Sedona Suite. This pair was the most popular among the listeners.
The road to vocation
The biography of the future celebrity began in Budapest. Since the exact age of Tom Barabash was carefully hidden by himself, the date of birth is unknown. From the age of five, the boy learned to play the accordion, but the inconvenience of the instrument forced the kid to choose the piano. Until 1956, Barabas studied at the Liszt Conservatory in his homeland. Then the family left Hungary, moving to Venezuela, where he studied at the Conservatory of Caracas.
The student became interested in jazz, rock and roll and salsa. The graduate began his career in the TV and Radio Orchestra as a jazz player. The classical style of the performer perfected, and the need to play pop music provided the individuality of the creative manner with the move to the United States.
The main task of Barabas made the achievement of complete harmony through music. His soothing melodies became a kind of relaxation, relaxing jazz-rock without changing the rhythm, tonality and dissonance. This is what the listeners tired of the chaos of life were looking for. The author supplemented the popular pop rhythms with jazz intonations, trying to bring his art to the maximum number of music lovers.
There is more than one musician in the composer's team. The richness of the ground beat is created by the sound of several guitars. A simple motive with a minimum of variations is superimposed on it. "Jazz" character is provided by a variety of superimposed rhythms and syncopation.
The team is well prepared. All participants are technically and compositionally educated. Performers understand, feel the music and what the author seeks to express with its help.
The author's instrument is more classical than jazz. The instrument is distinguished by its crystal clear sound, correctness, explained by conservatory education and considerable practice on the stage.
The musician has over 10 discs. Barabas had a positive attitude to improvisation, but only when the basis for it was outlined. The composer himself is sure that even freedom requires a certain discipline. He admitted that the listeners healed themselves. Music, on the other hand, helps to find balance, dissolving any disease.
After a year of work, starting in 1984 at the San Diego floating club "Love Boat", Tom began recording his first album. The compilation You Are The End Of The Rainbow was released in 1987. The latest compilation, Healing Suite, was released in 2009.
The musician equally liked his studio work and live concerts. By his own admission, Barabas preferred to live in the present and feel surrounded by music. The maestro passed away in the spring of 2020.