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Tom Heasley

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.

From Silicon Valley to Siberia, Tom Heasley’s music has been featured on radio programs throughout the world, such as National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Carl Stone’s Ears Wide Open, John Schaefer’s New Sounds (WNYC), Kalvos and Damian’s New Music Bazaar, John Diliberto's Echoes, and BBC Radio's Mixing It and Late Junction. His music speaks to a diverse audience, from students at Oberlin conservatory to inmates of San Quentin prison. His appearance at festivals and venues include CEAIT, Sonic Circuits, The Gathering, The Knitting Factory, CBGBs, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

With his first solo CD, WHERE THE EARTH MEETS THE SKY (Hypnos 2001), Tom Heasley launched the art of tuba-playing into the twenty first century

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…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

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Primary Instrument

Tuba

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Albums

 

Tom Heasley: A...

Full Bleed Music
2008

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Passages

HighNote
2007

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