With 40 year's of experience as an artist manager, producer of recordings and live concerts, writer, photographer, visual artist and more, my company GUTTERSAINT offers an exceptional and unorthodox approach to business in the arts and entertainment industry. No one else can offer such an extensive experience in a vast variety of artistic disciplines --
and a documented, successful track record to prove it.
This background photo is a shot of a live concert performance of "Classical Spectacular" that I produced at Oslo Spektrum in 1996 -- with a full orchestra, 200 singers, a marching militia, live canons and lazers!
“Mr. Garretson completely understands the vulnerable nature of the artist, is always encouraging and these traits help to offer comfort and instill trust. He has always been an invaluable supporter, dedicated overseer, and trusted friend. I highly recommend you consider him as a person of incredible knowledge and vast experience from whom you would benefit greatly from by welcoming him into your collective.”
- Artist, Writer, Musican, Actor
"I would never have had a career, not to mention two number one entries on the pop charts, if it hadn't have been for Tom. And I'm the only artist in Norway to have all my expenses covered. You should have Tom Garretson as your manager."
- Norwegian Recording Artist speaking to Sondre Lerche
"He has arranged concert tours for me, which have always been perfectly conducted. Also, I have had a major benefit of his talents for negotiation in regards to my recording contract with Sony Classical, in which he was primarily responsible for handling. I have only positive things to express about Tom Garretson, and I can warmly recommend him without reservation."
- Classical Violinist
"I wish every artist had management like you provide. Our lives would be much easier."
- A&R Director, Universal Music
“I played the demos that Tom Garretson produced for my new album to my manager. He said this might be the best work I've ever done.”
ANNE GRETE PREUS
- Musician, Recording Artist
Scott B and Beth B, Lydia Lunch, Richard Kern, Arve Tellefsen, Bibbe Hansen/Sean Carrillo/Al Hansen, Michelle Handelman, Silje Nergaard, The Norwegain Foreign Ministry (UDI), Jeffery Smith, Tora Augestad & The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Morten Gunnar Larsen, Ophelia Orchestra, Karin Krog, Anne Grete Preus, Pat Irwin, and others. Companies include Diesel Jeans, Universal Music, Grappa Music, PI Music, Widowspeak, and others.
Archive Sales • Artist Management (Musicians, Visual Artists) • Music Recording and Live Concert Production • Independent Marketing and Promotion of Cultural Events • Music Licensing • Contracting • Copyright • Music Publishing • Film and TV Music Supervision • Archive Sales • Photography • Art Historical Research • Touring and Booking • Theater Production • Art Direction • Creation of Cinema, Television and SO-ME adverts • Art Exhibition and Curitorial Services
Independent Marketing and Promotion for clients such as Universal Music, Diesel Jeans, Sony Music, Grappa Records, Sony Classical, Columbia Jazz, Verve Records, Philips Classics, Deutsche Grammophon, Nord-Odal municipality, and others.
Shirley Horn, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Wynton Marsalis, Abbey Lincoln, Silje Nergaard, Lydia Lunch, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Niagara, Charles Aznavour, Esa Pekka Salonen, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and many more.
As Executive Producer and Tour Manager, I have conducted live production and touring for Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Shirley Bassey, Lydia Lunch, Silje Nergaard, Arve Tellefsen, Vladamir Ashkenazy, Sarah Brightman, Betty Carter, Morten Gunnar Larsen, Luciano Pavarotti, Henriette Mhyre, Solveig Kringlebotn, John Williams, Annie Sprinkle, José Carreas & Montserrat Caballé, Diamanda Galas, Håvard Gimse, The Russian State Ballet and many others. Also, I've produced and toured with a host of London-based musicals such as "Fame", "Chess", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "The Magic of Broadway", "Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song and Dance", and "Evita." Please click this link for a full listing.
I've worked as a label manager for PolyGram (Verve Jazz, Philips Classics) overseeing those labels and bringing them into profit for the first time in PolyGram Norway's history. I also ran Sony Classical and Columbia Jazz successfully for Sony Music, before being offered a position as Executive Producer with NGM to produce live concert events in theaters, halls, stadiums and in internatonal touring. This gave me the professional foundation and experience to create my own two management and production companies, WildStar World and Guttersaint. I've worked with so many successful acts and have had a direct hand in breaking sales records in both music industry product sales to concert ticket sales, that my work has received media attention itself -- most recently from my sale of Lydia Lunch's archives to New York University -- written about by world-wide media.
As a visual artist myself I feel this has given me the edge on my business compeition in that I've extensively developed my visual intelligence. This has been used to the benefit of my clients in my art direction and in the creation of posters, product packaging, and film/TV/cinema advertisements. I have assisted with Lydia Lunch's exhbitions in Paris and New York, and co-produced at the presitgious arts space The Kitchen in New York.
I've worked professionally and creatively for over twenty years with the artists such as Lydia Lunch, Annie Sprinkle, Diamanda Galas and Beth B, as well as having recorded my own music and created my own artworks for exhibition. I have performed my work at the Venice Biennale (2009) and also at the European Cultural Capital Festival (2008).
My academic training includes a Master Degree in Art History and a BA in Musicology. My MA thesis focused on the influence of Berlin Cabaret on the visual arts, and how many of modernism's art movements were directly influenced by cabaret. I also have training in drawing, painting, and in glass art, and I work primarily in art photography, sound, and performance. I continue to exhibit my own artworks in Norway, the USA, and other countries.
As an artist, I offer my clients a deeper understanding on the creative process as well as first-hand experience in the business of art.
The name "GUTTERSAINT" is in homage to one of my favorite writers, Jean Genet. I've named my company in honor of his great literary and aesthetic influence.
My logo was influenced on the graphic art of the Weimar era. It shows a Pan figure and the influence of Dionysus who inspires creativity in poetry and the arts. He holds a stilletto knife in his right hand (symbolising a sharp intellect and wit), and a feather in the other (a soft touch, writing, creating). He runs towards the left, but his tail points towards the right, forever keeping him in balance.
And in case you were wondering (as someone once asked me), no, I am most certainly not a Satanist!
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