Tom Weeks

Composer, Improviser, Saxophonist

Current Projects


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Ero Guro

Ero Guro is a creative quartet consisting of Tom Weeks (compositions and saxophone), Michael Srouji (electric bass), Harry Gibbons (drums and electronics), and Robbie Pruett (drums). The band focuses on extreme music, drawing from various African American musical traditions, the historical avant-garde, and the heavy metal and hardcore traditions; taking inspiration from sources ranging from transgressive Japanese art aesthetics to ancient Scandinavian literature. Ero Guro has recorded two full length records: the self-titled Ero Guro (2015), and Blood of The Wolf (2017), both released through Weeks' own Wolfsblood label.


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Solo Performance &

Improvised Collaborations

In addition to his work as a composer, Tom Weeks frequently performs as a saxophonist, playing improvised music solo or with various collaborators, as well as performing his own compositions and those of others. He has developed a unique vocabulary on the alto saxophone, focusing on extended techniques, intense energy, and the extreme ranges of the instrument. His primary influences on the alto saxophone include Kaoru Abe, Charlie Parker, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, and Julius Hemphill.


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Toned

TONED is the electroacoustic music ensemble of Nathan Corder (electronics), Tom Weeks (alto saxophone), and Leo Suarez (drum set). TONED engages with extremes; operating in the realms of deeply listened sensitivity, muscular sonic assaults, and impenetrable modernist abstractions. Split between the Bay Area and Philadelphia, the three members of TONED have collectively worked with luminaries including Roscoe Mitchell, William Winant, Jaap Blonk, and Jack Wright, as well as groups such as JITTERS, Taiwan Housing Project, Nude Tayne and Merchandise.

TONED released their debut full length album Cancelled (2018) on the Wolfsblood label. They have toured the Northeastern US, performing alongside musicians such as Martin Rev, James Chance and the Contortions, Jack Wright, Nick Millevoi, and Zach Darrup.


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Corder/Weeks Duo

Nathan Corder (electronics/guitar) & Tom Weeks (saxophone) perform intensely abstract improvised music. Combining the highly idiosyncratic sound palette of Corder’s self-built electronic system with Weeks’ spastic saxophone perversions, the music twists, turns, interlocks, and blends into a chaotic modernist austerity. Formed at Mills College with a shared proclivity for musical extremes, the duo treads in the spirit of Roscoe Mitchell's interactions with George Lewis’ Voyager, Yasunao Tone, and Bay Area luminaries The Hub and Possessed. Corder & Weeks released their full length debut recording recording Anaconda (2018) on the Noise Pelican record label. In addition to numerous performances on the West Coast, the duo have performed throughout the Midwest and East Coast, and were invited to perform at the 3rd Northwestern University New Music Conference (nunc3!).

In addition to their work as a duo, Corder & Weeks have collaborated with musicians such as William Winant, G. Calvin Weston, Scott Siler, Eli Namay, & Bill Harris.


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Ghoast

Ghoast (ghost + goat) is the duo of French percussionist Camille Emaille and American saxophonist/composer Tom Weeks. The duo focuses on the performance of improvised music and modern/contemporary compositions. The duo released their debut recording of improvisations Ghoast (2017) on the Wolfsblood label, and have toured Europe extensively. In addition to their work as a duo, Emaille & Weeks have collaborated with musicians including Hans Koch, Christian Kobi, & Alex Cohen.


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Stone Raft

Stone Raft is the quartet of Josh Allen (tenor saxophone), Tom Weeks (alto saxophone), Tim Duff (bass), and Aaron Levin (drums). Stone Raft performs powerful “energy music,” in the spirit of Charles Gayle, Milford Graves, Peter Brötzmann, and Sonny Simmons. Their music incorporates intense polyphony, atavistic vigor, and avant-garde technique.


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BEER

Named after the fictional surf band from Thomas Pynchon’s novel Inherent Vice, the quartet BEER performs the original surf-rock compositions of leader Tom Weeks, arrangements of pieces by composers such as Chopin & Zappa, and raucous interpretations of surf classics. Originally formed in New York, the group released its debut EP as a split with mysterious dirty R&B crooner Tommy Valentine on the Wolfsblood label. Now located in the San Francisco Bay Area, BEER is the closest thing to accessible party music that Weeks has ever created. BEER is available for parties, weddings, funerals, bar mitzvahs, or any paying gig you’ve got!