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On the Sensations of Tone (Innova Records)

California Bay Area-based Tom Heasley is an internationally active composer, performer, tubist, improvisor and recording artist whose compositions for electro-acoustic tuba create “a rich and sonorous aural experience that flies in the face of all the dumb cliches about what tuba music is.” From cathedrals to bars, from barns to conservatories, Heasley is…the ambient tubist. Following the May 2001 release of his first CD, Where the Earth Meets the Sky (Hypnos), Heasley toured for nearly three months, performing almost 30 solo concerts throughout North America. With the April 2002 release of his second CD – On the Sensations of Tone (Innova) - Heasley shows himself to be redefining one of the world’s least popular instruments, and finds himself increasingly in demand as a result. “If only John Philip Sousa were alive to hear it, marching music might be different today.” His music has recently been featured on National Public Radio, BBC Radio, Public Radio International, John Schaefer’s New Sounds on WNYC, Hearts Of Space, John Diliberto’s Echoes and many other radio programs around the world. In 2002 Heasley was awarded an Artist Fellowship in Music Composition by Arts Council Silicon Valley. Heasley’s music has also been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Composers Forum and the McKnight Foundation. Upcoming engagements in 2002 include Roulette in New York City, the BBC in London, Sonic Circuits International Festival of Electronic Music and Art, San Jose Museum of Art, The Now Festival, Santa Clara University, Electron Salon 2002 and San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral.

In the past, Heasley had the good fortune to perform, record or otherwise collaborate with an amazing variety of creative artists, including The Berkeley Symphony, Eugene Chadbourne, Alvin Curran, Stuart Dempster, Charlie Haden, Pauline Oliveros, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Bobby Bradford, Loren Mazzacane Connors, The Mermen, Milcho Leviev, Oakland Ballet, Don Preston, Robert Rich, Lois V Vierk, Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra, Frederic Rzewski, Glenn Spearman, Henry Brant, Anne LeBaron, Gerry Hemingway, Jonathan Harvey, Wadada Leo Smith, Malcolm Mooney, John Carter, Oxbow, Marco Eneidi, Tuolumne Brass and Bertram Turetzky.

"The sounds totally consume you, transporting the listener to some other reality."- Shawn Atkins, filmmaker, NYC

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