Tomaž Grom (Ljubljana, 1972), double bass player, author
He understands music as a medium of communication
rather than aesthetic pleasure. He wants to find reasons for making music.
Uncompromisingly he prods at social norms. Music for him is a form of seeking,
unanswered questions, flow of ideas, unpredictable situations. Composition is
improvisation. Improvisations offers him space to lose himself, to make
mistakes, to come up with intriguing solutions. In music, challenges invite
thinking and open up new possibilities. He misses a deep and complex analysis.
He has performed at festivals across Europe and North America, and has
composed music for numerous theater, contemporary dance, puppet
performances and movies. He is making video portraits of Slovenian artists for web portal Centralala.si
According to his idea, a feature-length documentary Balkan Whispers,
directed by Boris Petkovič, was made.
He is the founder and artistic director of Zavod Sploh, an associaton
devoted to the production of music and performing arts as well as to
education and publishing in the field. He curates music festival Sound Disobedience.
He also curated concert cycles Confine aperto
(from 2005 until 2018), Zvokotok
(from 2014 until 2018) and Neforma
(from 2010 until 2014). He is the author of the performances Keemo
, Carte Blanche
, Rib Cage
, Bruto, Ništrc
, Forgotten, Overlooked, Soul, Noize, Valve and Wire
, sound installation Skladba za harmoniko
and a long term project iMstrument.
As an improviser in addition to occasional collaborations (Michel Doneda, Jonas Kocher, Pascal Battus, Nate Wooley, Seijiro Murayama, Marc Ribot, Sonny Simmons, Doug Hammond, Axel Dörner, Eduardo Raon, Matija Schellander, Ana Kravanja, Kaja Draksler, Martin Küchen, Drago Ivanuša ...), he often works with the following musicians: Samo Kutin
, Vid Drašler
, Jošt Drašler, Irena Z. Tomažin, Andrej Fon
, Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec,
List of works
- with Axel Dörner on trumpet (2019)
– Michel Doneda, Jonas Kocher, Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec (2010)