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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 Mockracy, for co-operative orchestra, Grosse Abfahrt, large-group free improvisational music, and Beauty School, hardcore electronic noise. Djll appears on recordings from EMANEM, Tzadik, Creative Sources, Rastascan, and Artifact.

"“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:

Tuesday, October 7 2014 7:30 PM
Tom's Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Two duos:
Dan Clucas (trumpet) and Tom Djll (piano)
Oa (Matt Davignon and Hugh Behm-Steinberg)  More...
Sunday, October 19 2014 8:00 PM
Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue, between Shattuck & Oxford, walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART]
Sonic Body Series #7 - 8 pm Phillip Greenlief - saxophone; Leyya Tawil - movement 8:45 pm Improvisation Group with: Phoebe Osborn, Sophia Wang, Rosemary Hannon and Christine Bonansea - movement; Tom Djll - trumpet; Jacob Felix Heule - percussion; Kanoko Nishi-Smith - koto; Suki O'Kane - percussion; Kyle Bruckmann - oboe, english horn; Tim Perkis - electronics; Zachary James Watkins - electronics  More...
Wednesday, November 12 2014 7:30 PM
Tom's Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Tania Chen (piano) works by Lawrence Crane, Chris Newman and Tania Chen
Andrew Raffo Dewar (reeds) with Tom Djll (tpt), Tom Nunn (perc) and Tim Perkis (elec)  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