Born: March 22, 1937
Composer/trumpeter Jon Hassell is the visionary creator of a style of music he describes as Fourth World, a mysterious, unique hybrid of music both ancient and digital, composed and improvised, Eastern and Western. In the last two decades, his connoisseur recordings, built around a completely unique vocal trumpet style (developed in studies with Indian vocal master, Pandit Pran Nath) have inspired a generation of collaborators like Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Kronos Quartet and Ry Cooder. His trumpet performances show up on records of world stars like Bjork, Baaba Maal, and Ibrahim Ferrer...
Work of quite extraordinary beauty... This pan-cultural music swirls and rises like smoke... Hassell blends his experiences in such a way that the componentsAfrican drumming, Indian microtonality, Balinese tranquility-make a new palette while forfeiting none of the individual colors. LONDON TIMES
Extraordinary, otherworldly music... ROLLING STONE
Jon Hassell: City: Works of Fiction (Expanded Edition)All Saints Records
Jon Hassell: Last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the streetECM Records
Last Night The Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes In The StreetECM Records
Maarifa Street - Magic Realism 2Shanachie
Access Codes For A Culture Of Decorative EroticismShanachie
Dressing For PleasureShanachie
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