Jon Hassell

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Jazz Pop / Rock

Biography

1937, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Hassell acquired several university degrees including a PhD in musicology, before travelling to Cologne, Germany in 1965 to study with Karlheinz Stockhausen. While in Cologne he met and played with Irmin Schmidt and Holgar Czukay, who later went on to form Can. The trumpeter and keyboard player returned to the USA in 1967 and began to play with leading minimalist composers La Monte Young and Terry Riley. As a performer Hassell appeared on Riley’s seminal minimalist piece In C, released in 1968 and La Monte Young’s extended drone cycle Dreamhouse. With Young’s influence Hassell became interested in Indian classical music and in 1972 he travelled to northern Indian to study Kirana tradition with master vocalist Pandit Pran Nath. From his studies Hassell created a new vocal style which he described as Fourth World - a unified primitive/futuristic sound combining features of world ethnic style with advanced electronic...

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