“Tom Djll has been making thoughtful, elegant music for nearly 30 years and 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. ” - The Wire
Current and recent projects include:
Grosse Abfahrt with Gino Robair, Tim Perkis, John Shiurba, Matt Ingalls + guests
Quartet with Tim Perkis, Matt Ingalls and Scott Walton
Space Junk jazz trio with Jordan Glenn and Scott Brown
Beauty School with Jacob Felix Heule and Matt Chandler
Dynosoar brass and gongs sound sculptures with Ron Heglin and Karen Stackpole
INTERMINACY: John Cage tribute with Tim Perkis
Mockracy: co-operative orchestra, actors, and maxed media
Tony Passarell’s Thin Air Orchestra
All Tomorrow’s Zombies: structured noise with Tim Perkis & Gino Robair
Gino Robair’s I, Norton
sfSound Group, led by Matt Ingalls
This past year has been pretty good. Appeared with my first great music teacher and inspiration, Roscoe Mitchell. Directed an improv orchestra featuring Vinny Golia, Phillip Greenlief, Ross Hammond, Randy McKean, and many others (both of those instances thanks a million to Tony Passarell). Grosse Abfahrt knocked ‘em cold at the Chamber Music Day festival at SF’s Yerba Buena Center; then collaborated in an electronic fistfight with Alfred 23 Harth and Torsten Müller, at the Center for New Music, a new, tightly-run venue, located in the seediest part of San Francisco.
So there you go, from the high to the low… anyway, last August (2012) I traveled to New York to play at The Stone with my esteemed partner-in-arms Tim Perkis (and with Andrew Drury, one of the busiest, most talented, and nicest guys in the business). In August ’13, as part of sfSound’s trumpet section, I got to participate in a night of celestial mind-blowing, opening for the Sun Ra Arkestra at the Victoria Theater (SF), where the line to get in was around the block — something in this line of music one doesn’t often see. Earlier this month (Sept ’13) I sat next to Vladimir Tarasov, the legendary Lithuanian percussionist, as part of a group assembled by Jon Raskin (we played that score shown on his home page!). Last but not at all least, a new trio with Jacob Felix Heule and Matt Chandler is now over a year in the making and starting to sound like a sound I’ve heard in my head since I was knocked over by Miles Davis’ Pangaea. The trio is called Beauty School and, no, we don’t have a website or any music online to listen to… yet.
The rest of the story, from 1977 on, can be assembled from the links below.