Tom Carter in Intensive Care Due to Pneumonia
Brooklyn-based guitarist Tom Carter is in intensive care in Germany after being hit with pneumonia, and his recovery could take weeks or months, according to reports. Fans and friends have created the Tom Carter Recovery Fund to raise money for medical and other bills while he recuperates.
As reported by Volcanic Tongue, Carter was touring in Europe with his band Charalambides when he was admitted to the hospital. He has been in intensive care for two weeks due to "serious complications of pneumonia." The site adds:
Due to the severity of Tom’s illness, his hospitalization away from home, and the projection of a possible prolonged recovery, Tom and his family will certainly incur a more than significant financial burden. There will be medical bills as well as possible travel and housing expenses. It is thought that a considerable portion, if not all, of Tom’s recovery must take place in Berlin.
A fund is being established to receive donations to offset these costs. Information on how to contribute will follow as soon as it is available. Tom Carter’s generosity and modesty as a musician and friend, coupled with his dedication to a vision of spiritual music as transformative force, provides us all with a rare example of creative and personal possibilities intertwined. Let us keep Tom, whom we cherish, in our thoughts and attune our minds to his full recovery.
Carter is on the roster of Northern Spy Records with his latest project, Eleven Twenty-Nine, a duo with Marc Orleans. He formed Charalambides in the early '90s with then-wife Christina and continued to record with her and others after their split. "I came to a decision early on that I would play with almost anybody who asked me to," Carter explained in a YouTube interview a few years back. "It was kind of an intuitive thing, like if I got good vibes from a person I would do it."
Fans and well-wishers can provide monetary support with an online donation at helptomcarter.org. Tax-exempt arts organization Jump Arts Inc. promises to use donations to pay for Carter's health care and lost wages.