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Tom Djll

Trumpet, keyboards, electronics, composer, writer
Tom Djll is a composer, improviser, and occasional writer on music. He is the recipient of a Masters degree from Mills College in Electronic Music as well as a Deeploma from the Deep Listening Organization, and was awarded the Paul Merritt Henry Prize for Composition at Mills. His projects include hackMIDI, impossible mechanical piano manipulations; Grosse Abfahrt, large-group free improvisational music; and Beauty School, hardcore electronic free-noise. Djll appears on recordings from EMANEM, Tzadik, Creative Sources, Rastascan, and Artifact. His writings have been published in The Wire, Signal To Noise, Musicworks, Sequenza 21, and online publications.

"“Tom Djll has taken the trumpet as far beyond its silver, snarling vernacular as it is possible to go, and as far from the extended technique proponents as Bill Dixon is from Roy Castle. Djll’s trumpet extensions are in some respects no different to what early jazzmen used as punctuation devices or timbral effects. Few have gone as far as Djll, though, in making such articulations the entire substance of a piece, and none have gone so far in the development of split-channel playing." - The Wire

"...the music is intensely quiet, with instrumental sounds approaching room ambience. Dropping into sustained quietness like this requires great trust between the collaborating improvisers, with the opportunity to take the lead — and the danger of ruining the music — never closer. It is one of the highest states of improvised music." - East Bay Express (writing about Grosse Abfahrt's VANITY)
Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, February 23 2016 8:00 PM
PianoFight [144 Taylor St SF]

◉ Films by Jean Cocteau, Fernand Léger, and Maya Deren ◉ with music by Jorge Bachmann, Beth Custer, Bryan Day, Thomas Dimuzio, Tom Djll, Joe Lasqo, David Michalak, & Suki O'Kane

Fushigi Kenkyūkai (不思議研究会) means "Paranormal Research Society". The truth is out there… beyond normal reality.
The program uses two surrealist film classics and a cubo-futurist mechanical "ballet" to find it.

◉ Line-up: Jorge Bachmann (electronics) — Beth Custer (bass & other clarinets, vocals) — Bryan Day (invented instruments)
 — Thomas Dimuzio (electronics) — Tom Djll (surrealist prepared trumpet) — Joe Lasqo (laptop/MSP | piano | objects) — David Michalak (skatchbox | lap steel guitar | film curator) — Suki O'Kane (percussion)

◉ Part 1: Cubist Culottes & Surrealist Shorts (33 min)
— Fernand Léger: Ballet mécanique
— Maya Deren (Майя Дерен): Meshes Of The Afternoon

◉ Part 2: Mind-altering Main Feature (55 min)
— Jean Cocteau: Blood Of A Poet (Le sang d'un poète)

Advance tickets available at a discount::  More...
Wednesday, March 2 2016 7:45 PM
Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
Arma Agharta
Whatever happened to Vilnius Fats? Too little is known about Baltic Paganism although traces persist to this very day, not in anachronistic costume re-enactors but in the heavy experiments of artists like Lithuania's Arma Agharta. Besides live conjuring of acoustic objects, soviet vintage electronics, spontaneous improvised games, glossolalia and odd costumes, he’s renowned for summoning communal cultural production through curation, festival organization, and erstwhile operation of the hand-crafted micro-label Perineum. His solo and communal works evince an enduring will, discipline, a consciousness without superstition, and infinite devotion without egotheism.

Collision Stories
A four way head-on with members of SubArachnoid Space, Crawling With Tarts, Snowsteps and Seeded Plain throws no shrapnel, instead congealing as an airborne amalgam of tin, bass, theremin, copper, vinyl, skin, and string. Come hear four heads take flight, Mason Jones, Michael Gendreau, Jorge Bachmann, and Bryan Day, before the cold ground rushes to unmeet them.

Tender Buttons
Tender Buttons rewinds classic electronic musics in a swarm of devices and languages, composed in the moment via a shared esthetic of severe improvisational methods. Friendly spirits Fluxus, WDR, Cage, On-U and Kling Klang are never far away.
“Hope in gates, hope in spoons, hope in doors, hope in tables, no hope in daintiness and determination.” — Gertrude Stein
Tender Buttons is: Tania Chen – piano, electronics, toys; Gino Robair – modular electronics; Tom Djll – modular and circuit-bent electronics

Explorist of physical and metaphysical topographies, Sarah Bly scales heights by day and dives deep by dark snaring everything between in a cat's cradle of sinewed sound. Once she plucks you from your chair on sticky rhythms, a beauty of horrible proportions announces itself. Prepare to be swaddled in sounds that paralyze description as eight-eyed chaos creeps in quick for a final snuggle.  More...
Photo Albums (click to view photos):
CDs on which Tom Djll appears:
Moe! Staiano's MOE!KESTRA! Two Forms of Multitudes: Conducted Improvisations
Artist: Moe! Staiano's MOE!KESTRA!
Title: Two Forms of Multitudes: Conducted Improvisations
Label: Pax Recordings PR90261
Label page on this site: Pax Recordings
Pax Recordings PR90261
Myles Boisen Guitarspeak
Artist: Myles Boisen
Title: Guitarspeak
Label: Rastascan Records BRD 017
Label page on this site: Rastascan Records
Rastascan Records BRD 017
Jack Wright and Bhob Rainey Signs of Life
Artist: Jack Wright and Bhob Rainey
Title: Signs of Life
Label: Spring Garden Music 010
Label page on this site: Spring Garden Music
Spring Garden Music 010
Tom Djll Mutootator
Artist: Tom Djll
Title: Mutootator
Label: Soul on Rice Productions SRPD 01
Label page on this site: Soul on Rice Productions
Soul on Rice Productions SRPD 01