Djll studied music at Berklee School of Music, the Colorado College, the
Creative Music Studio, and Mills College with Anthony Braxton, Roscoe
Mitchell, Karl Berger, Lester Bowie, Leo Smith, George Lewis, Pauline
Oliveros, Alvin Curran, and many others. 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 while at Mills. Tom has led improvising workshops
and in 2004 completed a monthlong residency at Mills College, focusing
on extended techniques.
Tom has spent over twenty years developing the trumpet’s wide sonic
array of extended techniques. His musical language incorporates complex
noises and gritty, unheard textures from electronica into melodic gestures
and building asymmetrical formal structures. Tom has made a lifelong study
of the art of improvised music, and has been actively performing since
1980. He has performed with Gianni Gebbia, Steve Adams, George Cremaschi,
Eugene Chadbourne, Natsuki Tamura, Andrew Voigt, Biggi Vinkeloe, Chris
Brown, Ignaz Schick, Fred Frith, The Splatter Trio, Gail Brand, matt ingalls,
Wolfgang Fuchs, Tim Perkis, William Winant, Toshi Makihara, Jon Raskin,
Phillip Greenlief, Pauline Oliveros, “Blue” Gene Tyranny,
nmperign, Jack Wright, Miya Masaoka, Luc Houtkamp, Tatsuya Nakatani, and
Tom appears on recordings with Wolfgang Fuchs, Gino Robair, Tim Perkis,
John Shiurba and Matthew Sperry (Six Fuchs, Rastascan), Miya Masaoka,
Vijay Iyer and others on Rastascan’s Sun Ra tribute album Wavelength/Infinity,
on Chris Brown’s LAVA (Tzadik) and Duets (Artifact), and on Jack
Wright’s Signs of Life (Spring Garden) and 8X9 (Limited sEdition).
Tom’s solo Blasted Rustbucket is disc 33 of the Artship series.
Tom also occasionally writes about music for The Wire, Signal To Noise,
One Final Note, Musicworks, and other publications.
Tom Djll was a founding partner of Odwalla, Inc. and currently a partner
and Art Director at Mythmaker Creative Services.
with Matt Ingalls and Christopher Williams
Trio with Bhob Rainey and Jack Wright
All Tomorrow’s Zombies, with Tim Perkis & Gino Robair
Weapons of Mass Dysfunction: co-operative orchestra, chorus, and maxed
SfSound Group, led by Matt Ingalls
Brassiosaurus, w/ Toyoji Tomita & Ron Heglin
John Zorn’s COBRA, led by William Winant & Dave Slusser
John Shiurba’s 5x5