Tom Heasley

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Primary Instrument: Tuba

Born: July 26    

B>Composer, Tuba, Didjeridu, Voice, Electronics, Loops, Throat Singing

The unique musical voice of Tom Heasley is heard internationally as composer, performer and recording artist. At live performances and in recordings, Heasley gathers the warp and woof of tuba, didjeridu, throat-singing, looping and electronics and weaves them into a musical tapestry of great originality and power. He creates “a rich and sonorous aural experience that flies in the face of all the dumb cliches about what tuba music is…” A true “father of invention”, Heasley has turned his Achilles' heel - the tuba - into a force majeure...
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Artist Fellowship in Musical Composition - Arts Council Silicon Valley (2001/2002)
ASCAP Plus Award (2001-2008)
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Featured recording “PASSAGES”

Latest Release


Full Bleed Music (2007)

…in comes Heasley sending his brass through the ringer, coating its decay in electronic mercury, stretching the fat tones outwards to infinity...reminiscent of ECM staples like Jan Garbarek and John Surman, two horn-men similarly in tune to mergers of the ancient and modern built upon deeply meditational edifices. The Squid's Ear

Like a slowed down deep jazz Bixobal Magazine

Juicy. Super Coolio.... Michael Landau

I love Tom's music. If you don't go to hear him whenya can, well, [it’s] your loss! David Torn/splattercell

Tom Heasley's mesmerizing loop-based, ambient tuba playing brings an ethereal beauty from the underrated instrument Joseph Woodard, L.A. Times

Tom's music evokes deep meditative states of awareness Ramon Sender Barayon, Composer/Author

Wow! No -- that doesn't really capture it. Let me try again. Stunning! Not quite right yet---One last try: Unique, gorgeous, and moving. No kidding, Mr. Heasley. I listen to a LOT of music and what you have been creating here is something both unique and beautiful and even profound. I often work with someone you may know of (Mark Isham) who, I'm quite sure, would respond to your work (if he hasn't already!) in the same way I did. Wonderful, wonderful work. Thank you Robert Harmon, Director (The Hitcher)

....a rich and sonorous aural experience that flies in the face of all the dumb cliches about what tuba music is Richard Zvonar, PhD, Composer a rare pattern, I have actually listened to the CD three times! …your CD [Where the Earth Meets the Sky] definitely has lots to offer Stuart Dempster, sound gatherer/ composer/trombonist (Deep Listening Band)/professor emeritus, Washington State University

The music...was transporting. I listened over and over. .. Anne LeBaron, composer/ harpist /teacher/ author

Rich and powerful, long delays and reverbs, nuanced overtones and textural details… Gerry Hemingway, drummer/composer

…ravishingly beautiful and meditative… Sherry Goodman, Director of Education Programs, UC Berkeley Art Museum

I've listened to it three times now. 'Monterey Bay' is some of the best 'ambient' music I have ever heard. I will, of course, order a copy for our library and recommend it to my students John Turk, tuba soloist/professor, Youngstown State University

…transcends the curiosity factor of its odd instrumentation and stands as a strong meditative statement, immersing the listener so deeply, that one never thinks of an oompah band Jeff Towne, Echoes Radio/New Age Voice

Put aside any preconceptions you may have about the tuba as an unlikely instrument for beautiful, restrained ambience Mike Griffin, Hypnos founder

Primary Instrument: Tuba

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Willing to teach: Advanced students only.

Mirafone 188 CC Tuba, Didjeridu (ABS pipe), Eventide Eclipse, Lexicon MPX1, Line 6 DL4, Mackie Onyx 1620 Mixer, Meyer UMS1-P Sub-woofer, Yamaha P.A. Speakers

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