Trance Mission was co-founded in San Francisco in 1992 by Stephen Kent (didjeridu/percussion/cello) and Beth Custer (clarinets/trumpet/voice) and includes John Loose (multi-ethnic drums/samples) and Kenneth Newby (Asian winds/percussion/digital atmospheres). Trance Mission produced three globally acclaimed CDs on the City of Tribes label in as many years in the 1990’s. After several European tours and many live appearances on the US, Loose and Newby moved on to other projects while Custer and Kent continued as Trance Mission, with Eda Maxym (vocal) and Canadian Peter Valsamis on drums/samples. This lineup of Trance Mission produced a live CD, “A Day out of Time”, in 1999. Three of the TM recordings were mixed and co-produced by long term Kent collaborator, Simon Tassano (Lights in a Fat City, Beasts of Paradise, Stephen Kent, and Richard Thompson).
Trance Mission reunited with the original four members for a sold-out reunion concert at Yoshi’s San Francisco in 2008. Future recordings of new material and remixes of past recordings are in the works. Stay tuned for the re-emergence of a truly seminal band.