THOMAS BARTLETT ON BETTE MIDLER AND WHISKEY
BY CHINON WILLIAMS
March 22, 2010
Doveman, spearheaded by pianist/composer/singer Thomas Bartlett, sold out Chelsea performance space the Kitchen Thursday night, and it was easy to see why. Performing his new album The Conformist, Bartlett’s ethereal voice made for a sublime, elegant set and his crew of other virtuosos, (Nico Muhly, members from the National and Sam Amidon), created a harmonious set. Afterward, Bartlett caught up with PAPERMAG to discuss film, Bette Milder, and what his poison is.
The Conformist is the title of your latest album, and it’s also the name of a Bernardo Bertolucci film. Does film inspire your music?
I’m sure that is does, but I couldn’t say precisely how.
You’ve collaborated with several performers during your career — have you had any favorites to work with?
Nico keeps me entertained like no other, but no one is more fascinating and inspiring to me than Antony Hegarty.
You recently worked with Bette Milder. How was that?
Every bit as glamorous as one would expect
You sing about burgundy and whiskey on the album — which do you prefer?
After a successful performance like tonight where and how will you celebrate?
In a quiet bar with friends, burgundy, and whiskey. And maybe a little gin for good measure.