Los Angeles-based tuba improviser and electronic composer
Tom Heasley, who played in Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra,
manipulated the sound of the tuba in order to produce the ambient
Where the Earth Meets the Sky (Hypnos, 2001), that includes Ground
On the Sensations of Tone (Innova, 2002), mainly devoted to the colossal
live improvisation Thonis.
Desert Triptych (Farfield, 2005) collects three "meditations for
didjeridu, voice and electronics".
Joshua Tree is all ghostly wails and dark textures.
The 28-minute Solitude is more stationary and galactic, driven by a much
looser (Buddhist-like) concept of time.
29 Palms sounds like the distant echo of monks chanting in another universe, but, at about the ninth minute, their "voices" change register and assume an angelic quality, and, as they fade away, they keep changing timbre.
Passages (Full Bleed Music, 2007) is a collaboration with
percussionist Anastasios "Toss" Panos. The centerpiece of the five
improvisations is the 24-minute Different Worlds, that begins like
Jon Hassell performing Strauss' waltz on a tuba
but ends, after a gentle flow of tidal melodic fragments, in chaotic and cryptic burbling.
Echoes of Syros (Full Bleed Music, 2009) documents a live improvisation
Eric Glick-Rieman and
Varistar (2009) documents a 1999 live improvisation with
cornetist Bobby Bradford and guitarist Ken Rosser.
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