A trumpet player, composer and musical conceptualist, Jon Hassell’s career bisects a multitude of
strands in the history of the avant-garde and the development of genuinely new forms of music.
Having studied under Karl-Heinz Stockhausen in Cologne (alongside future members of the band
Can), he played on the original recording of Terry Riley’s In C (1968), was part of La Monte Young’s
Theatre Of Eternal Music and studied Kiranic singing with Pandit Pran Nath, all of which informed his
own instrumental technique and treatment of the trumpet with various electronic effects.
A growing interest in the indigenous music of other cultures led to the invention of his ‘Fourth
World’ blend of different styles, first heard on albums such as Vernal Equinox and Earthquake Island
in the late-1970s. These caught the ear of Brian Eno, who collaborated with Hassell on the Possible
Musics album, and used many of the Fourth World ideas on his My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts album
with David Byrne. He has played on albums by artists including Talking Heads (the seminal Remain In
Light), Peter Gabriel and Bjork, composed film soundtracks and contributed to theatre works. Jon
continues to tour and make new music – he is currently collaborating with techno legends Moritz
Von Oswald and Carl Craig for a proposed album on Tresor Records.