Jesse Thom is a multidisciplinary artist and meditation coach living in BC, Canada. His diverse work includes dream/storybook music, poetry, photography, film and puppetry, all of which are utilized to create immersive experiences of warmth and connection.
Driven by an awareness of his own inevitable death (made clear by the loss of his 8-year-old brother to cancer when he was 5), Jesse quickly discovered his path by asking the question, “What do I want to give?” After graduating university with an Arts Medal in writing and music, Jesse moved west to pursue an unpredictable life of playful service.
Since then, Jesse has toured internationally with the critically acclaimed folk trio Dirty Grace, studied/performed as a professional clown in Spain, England and Vancouver, has been signed to California label Gypsypop Records with his ‘ghost pop’ duo IRTH and his latest solo album, snowdragons, was ranked in the top 10 albums of the year by Folk Radio UK. Jesse is the author of 5 books (4 of which have not yet been released), described as “existential picture books for grown-up children.” His first book, Some Bunny Loves You, is on its 3rd printing and has received accolades from Juno Award Winner Norman Foote as well as best-selling author and meditation teacher Tara Brach.
Jesse is also the founder/creator of Beat Creatures (furry drums for kids), which have sold in 13 different countries around the world, and has filmed/produced videos for musicians in Ireland, Scotland, England and Canada with his camera work venture, Glass Horse Lenswork.
2019 will be an active year for Jesse. Besides releasing his duo IRTH‘s new video single, Wild Love, and touring his musical picture book & puppet show, Some Bunny Loves You, Jesse will spend the late spring and summer touring with his dream-pop duo. Come winter, IRTH will be releasing a full-length album and Jesse will unveil his next solo effort – one of several fully-completed musical picture books (he hasn’t decided which one yet!).
A close student of Buddhist scholar and spiritual director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, Reggie Ray, since 2010, Jesse approaches creative work as a loving-presence practice – a playful way to inspire deep connection to our bodies, our hearts, to each other and the planet.
management: trish [at] redleafmusic.ca
contact jesse: jesse.thom [at] gmail.com
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