"It is a rare few who have managed to build upon—rather than merely mimic—the short piano pieces of Keith Jarrett. In that group belongs Tom Splitt, with his at once restless and restful improvisations." - Neil Tesser, Chicago Reader/USA Today
Tom Splitt is a composer, songwriter, poet and pianist whose concerts, recordings, and writing have received widespread critical acclaim. He is a Chicago native and a Northern Illinois University graduate. He lives in Colorado.
I became a musician, especially a composer, when my 8 year old fingers stumbled upon a harmonious combination of notes on the piano that formed what I soon learned was a chord. Derived from the French d’accord, in agreement, and which later acquired the sense of ‘feeling, emotion’, as in ‘strike a chord’. It was all this to me and more. Something in me vibrated like the strings in the piano. I didn’t play the chord, it played me. And it has been so ever since.
Many biographies are summaries of formal training, accomplishments, places, dates, names, but such a summary is the lesser half of mine. My musical journey, or what I best remember of it, has largely been an inner one, and it has led me to writing for the voice:
“Song is the symbol of the word which links the creator’s power to what it has created, insofar as the latter recognizes its dependence as a creature and gives it expression in joy and worship or prayer. It is the creature’s breath responding to its creator… By comparison with instrumental music- and this shows how ancient the tradition is in the Celtic world- song was primeval. Music, even sacred music, was no more than a craft.” – Jean Chevalier and Alain Gheerbrant
The journey forward has led me back, to the very beginning, to this most basic and holy human expression.