Doveman is 27-year old Thomas Bartlett and a select group of collaborators.
When listening to this music you should keep in mind artists such as Frederic Chopin, Cat Power, Keith Jarrett, Talk Talk, and Chris Whitley — unless you don’t know any them or are not a fan, in which case you should keep in mind Nick Drake, The National, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, and other, trendier bands whose music has recently appeared in car commercials.
Bartlett grew up in Vermont, and began playing ukelele at age three, after the wardens at his daycare found him strumming a block and decided he could probably put resonant strings to good use. He began playing piano at age five, and never stopped — dropping out of high school to study in London with Maria Curcio, one of the 20th century’s greatest classical music teachers, responsible for shaping Radu Lupu, Mitsoku Uchida, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and many other top notch pianists who pop and indie rock fans haven’t heard about, and probably never will.
Thomas went on to Columbia University for a year but dropped out, again — this time to concentrate on his classical music studies, until he dropped out, again! — this time to play with bands. He quickly become one of the most in-demand sidemen. Thomas has played or recorded with Antony & the Johnsons, Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, The National, Nico Muhly, The Swell Season, Glen Hansard, Martha Wainwright, Beth Orton, Rufus Wainwright, Bebel Gilberto, Arto Lindsay, Julia Stone, and Yoko Ono. And that’s just the famous ones. Not bad for a 27-year old serial dropout.
Thomas has lived in Harlem since the year 2000, and enjoys cocktails, his large collection of top shelf liquor, home cooking, and complaints about his singing voice.