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RE: electric tuba tour rolls on
meant to forward this on to folks here, but kinda got bolloxed up. a review of
the heasley disc from downtown music gallery (i feel like i had seen another,
but can't remember where, sorry).
HEASLEY - Where the Earth Hits the Sky (Hypnos) The Hypnos label has been around
for a few years, quietly releasing ambient and space music. Recently Hypnos put
out this gem by Bay Area tuba player Tom Heasly. In the past Heasley has worked
the jazz/free improv/new music worlds with Pauline Oliveros, Loren
Mazzacane-Connors, Charlie Haden, Bobby Bradford, Don Preston and others. But
now he's gone solo by attaching a microphone to the bell of his horn and routing
the signal through digital echos and reverbs. The result is stunning: many
layers of sustained tuba drones that leave one in a meditative state. Besides an
amazing two shows in NYC - Nova Nights @ Two Boots and Downtown Music Gallery,
he's been playing all over the Northeastern USA and Canada since late August. I
also caught him in Philadelphia at the Gathering concert series
(http://thegathering.org) with the throat singers Spectral Voices. This show was
only a few days after the World Trade Center disaster - 9/15/2001, but they
still had a great turnout. It was an impressive affair, both acts pumping their
sound through digital delays and reverb. With the PA speakers at least 50 feet
apart in this magnificent space at St. Mary's church (chapel?) at the U. of
Penn, I felt like I was hearing Heasley in a massive eternal canyon of sound.
Tom should be back for a last show in NYC in early October. Stay tuned. Until
then this cd is the next best thing to his live performances.