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Tom Djll

Trumpet, keyboards, electronics, composer, writer
Tom Djll is a composer, improviser, and occasional writer on music. He is the recipient of a Masters degree from Mills College in Electronic Music as well as a Deeploma from the Deep Listening Organization, and was awarded the Paul Merritt Henry Prize for Composition at Mills. His projects include hackMIDI, impossible mechanical piano manipulations; Grosse Abfahrt, large-group free improvisational music; and Beauty School, hardcore electronic free-noise. Djll appears on recordings from EMANEM, Tzadik, Creative Sources, Rastascan, and Artifact. His writings have been published in The Wire, Signal To Noise, Musicworks, Sequenza 21, and online publications.

"“Tom Djll 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. Djll’s trumpet extensions are in some respects no different to what early jazzmen used as punctuation devices or timbral effects. Few have gone as far as Djll, though, in making such articulations the entire substance of a piece, and none have gone so far in the development of split-channel playing." - The Wire

"...the music is intensely quiet, with instrumental sounds approaching room ambience. Dropping into sustained quietness like this requires great trust between the collaborating improvisers, with the opportunity to take the lead — and the danger of ruining the music — never closer. It is one of the highest states of improvised music." - East Bay Express (writing about Grosse Abfahrt's VANITY)
Upcoming Events:

Friday, April 24 2015 7:30 PM
Point Richmond Jazz [201 Martina St., Point Richmond, CA, 94801]
Point Richmond Jazz, continues their exciting and eclectic concert series highlighting the best in violin-based jazz and improvisational music. On Friday, April 24, 2015 Point Richmond Jazz will present Peabody Conservatory trained 5-string violinist, Enion Pelta-Tiller and her guitarist and mandolinist husband, David Pelta-Tiller’s unique group, TAARKA, described by Synthesis Magazine as a combination of “Roma, Klezmer and jazz, infusing their rousing and exciting tunes with breakneck Zappa-esque breakdowns and insurmountable gusto. Regardless of your particular musical tastes, Taarka is a band that simply must be witnessed.”

TAARKA has just released a new CD “Making Tracks Home.” Their home is in Lyon, Colorado, a small town that was almost wiped out in 2013 with a well-publicized flood that destroyed their home. Left homeless, they headed for David’s childhood home in Virginia, where, (according to Colorado Public Radio https://www.cpr.org/news/story/lyons-flood-devastated-folk-band-taarka-also-fed-its-creativity) they began writing songs inspired by the flood and its aftermath. Enion was inspired by older flood songs, like Bessie Smith’s “Backwater Blues” about the 1927 Mississippi River flood. “I took that as sort of a model,” says Enion, who wrote her own flood song, “River’s Eddy Blues,” for the album.  More...
Photo Albums (click to view photos):
CDs on which Tom Djll appears:
ArtistTitleLabelNumber
Moe! Staiano's MOE!KESTRA! Two Forms of Multitudes: Conducted Improvisations
Artist: Moe! Staiano's MOE!KESTRA!
Title: Two Forms of Multitudes: Conducted Improvisations
Label: Pax Recordings PR90261
Label page on this site: Pax Recordings
Pax Recordings PR90261
Myles Boisen Guitarspeak
Artist: Myles Boisen
Title: Guitarspeak
Label: Rastascan Records BRD 017
Label page on this site: Rastascan Records
Rastascan Records BRD 017
Jack Wright and Bhob Rainey Signs of Life
Artist: Jack Wright and Bhob Rainey
Title: Signs of Life
Label: Spring Garden Music 010
Label page on this site: Spring Garden Music
Spring Garden Music 010
Tom Djll Mutootator
Artist: Tom Djll
Title: Mutootator
Label: Soul on Rice Productions SRPD 01
Label page on this site: Soul on Rice Productions
Soul on Rice Productions SRPD 01