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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:

Sunday, November 30 2014 8:00 PM
Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Company-style electroacoustic improv with Håvard Skaset (ac. guitar) and Guro Skumsnes Moe (double bass) from Oslo. Featuring Jacob Felix Heule, Tom Djll, John McCowen, and other local musicians.  More...
Saturday, December 6 2014 7:00 PM
The Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [Berkeley, California 94708]
Bristle celebrates the release of their new CD, Future(s) Now(s), out now on Queen Bee Records, with a special concert at the beautiful Maybeck Studio in Berkeley! The first set is a series of duos, trios and quartets, including appearances by Gargantius Effect, Kinda Green, duo B., Green Mitchell and members of the Weiner Kids & Bait and Switch, culminating in the debut of Big Bristle, an extended version of the core four ensemble. It's going to be a party!

*Please note seating is limited—you MUST reserve a seat by going to*

Randy McKean, Cory Wright, reeds
Murray Campbell, violin & oboes
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass

with special guests:
Tom Djll, trumpet & electronics
John Finkbeiner, guitar
Jordan Glenn, Jason Levis, percussion
Tim Perkis, electronics  More...
Friday, December 19 2014 9:30 PM
LeQuiVive [1525 Webster Oakland]
NEW MUSIC at LeQuiVive presents Lash/Bruckmann/McCowen/Djll plus Walton/Djll/Perkis/Ingalls plus Lash/Walton Duo  More...
Photo Albums (click to view photos):
CDs on which Tom Djll appears:
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