Tom Heasley

Tom Heasley


Ambient Tuba - live and solo - plus didjeridu, electronics, looping and throat-singing. Put aside any preconceptions about the tuba. Tom Heasley uses this under-rated instrument to create an aural experience of great power and beauty.


Tom Heasley - Composer, Tuba, Didjeridu, Voice, Electronics, Loops, Throat Singing
The unique musical voice of Tom Heasley is heard internationally as composer, performer and recording artist. At live performances and in recordings, Heasley gathers the warp and woof of tuba, didjeridu, throat-singing, looping and electronics and weaves them into a musical tapestry of great originality and power. He creates “a rich and sonorous aural experience that flies in the face of all the dumb cliches about what tuba music is…” A true "father of invention", Heasley has turned his Achilles' heel - the tuba - into a force majeure.

With his first solo CD, WHERE THE EARTH MEETS THE SKY (Hypnos 2001), Tom Heasley launched the art of tuba-playing into the twenty first century. He continued to liberate the tuba – one of the world’s most under-valued instrument - with ON THE SENSATIONS OF TONE (Innova 2002.) His third solo offering, DESERT TRIPTYCH (Farfield Records, 2003), released by Southampton, England-based Farfield Records, is his first to feature the didjeridu, along with voice and electronics.

From Silicon Valley to Siberia, Tom Heasley’s music has been featured on radio programs throughout the world, such as National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Carl Stone’s Ears Wide Open, John Schaefer’s New Sounds (WNYC), Kalvos and Damian’s New Music Bazaar, John Diliberto's Echoes, and BBC Radio's Mixing It and Late Junction. His music speaks to a diverse audience, from students at Oberlin conservatory to inmates of San Quentin prison. His appearance at festivals and venues include CEAIT, Sonic Circuits, The Gathering, The Knitting Factory, CBGBs, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

The winner of an Artist Fellowship in Musical Composition from the Arts Council of Silicon Valley, Heasley’s work has also been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, American Composers Forum, Meet The Composer, McKnight Foundation and ASCAP. In addition to his solo recordings, Tom has recorded for Tzadik, Leo, Hypnos, Innova, Music and Arts, New Albion, Old Gold and Farfield Records and has enjoyed collaborations with many artists of note, including Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo Smith, Malcolm Mooney (of Can), Eugene Chadbourne, Deep Listening Band, Gunther Hampel, Jeanne Lee, Bobby Bradford, John Carter, Alvin Curran, Don Preston, Daniel Lentz, Vinny Golia, Joe Catalano, Pauline Oliveros, David Gamper, the Merce Cunningham Dance Co., Lois V Vierk, Frederic Rzewski, Glenn Spearman, Gerry Hemingway, Stuart Dempster, Anne LeBaron, Gerry Hemingway, Jonathan Harvey and most recently, Toss Panos.

Most recently, with the support of Meet The Composer, Heasley produced a concert series at Highways in Santa Monica, CA, where he premiered his latest work for tuba, voice and electronics, Dream of Zatoichi. He was also a featured musician - performing on tuba, didjeridu and voice, as well as creating real-time loops - for the workshop production of Anne LeBaron’s new opera WET, which premiered at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in Los Angeles, CA.

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Where the Earth Meets the Sky (2001, Hypnos)
On the Sensations of Tone (2002, Innova)
Desert Triptych (2005, Farfield)
New Release, TBA (2007)

Set List

Sets of original music generally run from 45 to 70 minutes.