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Tomaž Grom

Obetavno_Prirodoslovni muzej 2017_foto: sploh
Obetavno_Prirodoslovni muzej 2017_foto: sploh
Protest proti ukinitvi ministrstva za kulturo 7.2.2012_foto: Marcandrea
Protest proti ukinitvi ministrstva za kulturo 7.2.2012_foto: Marcandrea
Tunel_foto: Jernej Babnik Romaniuk
Tunel_foto: Jernej Babnik Romaniuk
photo: sploh
photo: sploh
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
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.
Closest collaborators in performing arts and movies are: Špela Trošt, Bojan Jablanovec, Tomi Janežič, Loup Abramovici, Špela Čadež, Iztok Kovač ...
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, Zlatko Kaučič...
He plays in the following groups: Kutin / Grom (with Samo Kutin on hurdi gurdi), Tomažin / Grom (with Irena Z. Tomažin on voice), Samo Gromofon, Šalter Ensemble, Oholo! (with Vid and Jošt Drašler, Andrej Boštjančič, Marko Jenič, Andrej Fon, Jure Boršič) Dörner / Grom and Kaučič / Grom (with Zlatko Kaučič on drums).

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List of works

The Ear Is The Shadow Of The Eye - with Zlatko Kaučič on drums (2019)
Confined Movement - with Axel Dörner on trumpet (2019)
My Ear Has Got Sharp Edges – Trojnik – Cene Resnik, Vid Drašler (2015)
Sam, za ... – solo double bass (2014)
Nate Wooley/Tomaž Grom – Compost and Height (2012)
Neposlušno – compilation (2011)
Nepretrganost – whith Seijiro Murayama (2010)
Murayama/Battus/Grom – Compost and Height (2010)
Udarnik – Michel Doneda, Jonas Kocher, Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec (2010)
Sonce in sončice po vsem svetu – music for children (2008)
Tilt – Tilt (2006)
Amerika (whith Primož Čučnik 2003)
Dvojnik – Tilt (1999) 
La passion de Jeanne d'Arc – solo double bass (1998) – SyHaPA
Quote no.2 - october 2020
Quote no.1 - september 2020
Play With Yourself - Island Hvar, Croatia, August 2020
Shout And Scream - in the frame of a poetry book by Anja Novak, May 2020
Your Body My Music - in the frame of a poetry book by Anja Novak, May 2020
Zaklep 03 / Going Out - Odklep (during lockdown)
Zaklep 02 / Tehno with Ana Pepelnik (during lockdown)
Zaklep 01 / I am here (during lockdown)
Prisluh – composition 2010
Drašler/Kutin/Grom - Venice 2019
Kaučič / Grom - Zlatko Kaučič on drums 2019
Bas in glas – Irena z. Tomažin, Tomaž Grom 2019
Kutin/ Grom - Samo Kutin, Tomaž Grom in Topolo 2019
Benedict Taylor & Tomaž Grom – concert in frame of Friforma 2017
Šum balkana – trailer of the documentary film Šum balkana (director: Boris Petković)
Vdor na predstavo Janeza Janše – action - occupying a performance
Nighthawk – music for short animation film Špele Čadež 
Boles – music for short animation film Špele Čadež
Alex Ward, Jošt Drašler, Tomaž Grom – concert in a gallery Kapelica (Friforma)
Pozabljeno, prezrto – concert/performance
Skladba za harmoniko – sound installation
Mogoče je napočil čas, da si vzameva trenutek – theater (whith Loup Abramovici)
Murayama/Grom – concert in Topolo
Šuma blista – Devojke pored puta – theater (director: Tomi Janežič)
Šuma blista – Kafanska pevačica – theater (director: Tomi Janežič)

- Ingrid Mager: Ulični glasbeniki z močnimi zgodbami, Dnevnik, 2.12.2014
- Jelka Šutej Adamič: Družijo jih glasba, jugoslavija in Tito, Delo, 4.12.2014


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