​words | articles

​about jon hassell

Jon Hassell: Fourth World and Balancing the North and South of You | John Kelman @ Allaboutjazz.com
Strange Magic | John Payne
South is North: Jon Hassell's Raga in Electric Blue
   | Oliver Lowenstein
There Was No Avant Garde | Marcus Boone
Taboo | John Payne
Mixing It | BBC Radio 3
Perfect Sound Forever | Theresa Stern
Sound On Sound | Mark J Prendergast
World Music magazine
Do The Right Thing | Biba Kopf


Simplicity and Dignity
Epiphanies (or How I Gave Myself Permission To Play 'Nature Boy') | Jon Hassell
Miles and Me | Jon Hassell
Artificial Boundaries, Expanding Horizons, Possible Musics
   | Jon Hassell
Lush Life | Mati Klarwein by Rob Young
Altered States: Fourth World | David Toop
Building A Musical Fourth World | Richard Kadrey

All text, images and sound not otherwise attributed are protected by
copyright © 2017 Nyen Music.
All paintings by Mati Klarwein © 2017 Klarwein-Archives.
Used by permission of the Klarwein family.

A childhood in Memphis, a classical conservatory education, composition and electronic music study with Stockhausen in Cologne; a passage through the New York minimalist sphere with Terry Riley, Reich, Glass; having a window opened onto the world's music and a new approach to the trumpet via vocal master Pandit Pran Nath; a questioning and deconstruction of the European dichotomy between classical and popular, sacred and sensual; a pioneer of digital transformation and sampling—all of this led to Fourth World—the unique blend which Jon has described as "worldly music" to underline a more subtle equation at work and discourage the simplistic labeling of "world," "jazz," "classical," "minimal," or "ambient."