Tom Recchion

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Tom Recchion
Occupation sound & visual artist, graphic designer
Years active 1970s-present

Tom Recchion has been a sound and visual artist/composer/art director & graphic designer in California since the 1970s. He is the co-creator of the legendary Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS). At the time he discarded object making (though he employs it now) and concentrated on the ephemeral nature of sound. His early practice in low-tech sonic exploration presaged many of the genres exciting developments of the last quarter century: record manipulation, live tape loops, free improvisation, found and invented instruments, installation, and more.

He has also worked with film maker/puppeteer Janie Geiser on a theatre piece called “Invisible Glass” for Cal Arts that made its premier at the Redcat. Afterwards he participated in SASSAS’ summer sound. series in an evening of film makers and composers where he premiered 3 older video and film works from the 1970’s that had never been show. Following that he has performed with the ROVA Saxophone Quartet along with Fred Frith, Nels Cline and Mark Trayle performing a version of John Coltrane’s Ascension also at the Redcat. He is also a recipient of a Pasadena Cultural Arts grant for visual artists for which he will release a project called ‘78’, which is a 78rpm vinly 10” LP that will be circulated in pubic spaces. Most recently he performed at the Getty Museum. As an art director/graphic designer Recchion has created CD packages for Robert Wyatt, Terry Riley, Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band, David Lynch & Julee Cruise, Ringo Starr, Los Lobos, Prince, The Carl Stalling Projects, Lou Reed/John Cale, The Band, Merle Haggard, Alanis Morrisette, The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson & Van Dyke Parks, Hermann Nitsch, TamTam Books and many others and a quartet of Grammy® Nominations for Packaging Design.

Involvement with American Music Club

Recchion was in charge of art direction and design for 1993's Mercury album, and art direction for 1994's San Francisco album and 1995's Hello Amsterdam EP.

Involvement with Mark Eitzel

Recchion was in charge of art direction and design for 1996's 60 Watt Silver Lining album, and art direction for 1997's West album.