Tesseract Album

This is the Tesseract album.  Forty minutes of rockin' toons, weird soundscapes, and pompous suites. Quality musical entertainment for the entire family.

Tesseract album cover


  • Entrance
  • Heisenberg's Daughter
  • Cast of Thousands, including
    • Entrance
    • The Cast
    • The Vitamin Mine
    • The Spinach
  • Allegro Assai
    • (Bach Violin concerto in A minor, 3rd movement)
  • Rice
  • Cymbal Dance
  • Vantage Point Instrumental


"Tesseract are skilled and eagerly experimental musicians who managed to grab my interest in them right at the very first listen.  They're full of that 70s prog passion that enables them to dig out classical influences and blend them with their own flavour.  Outshines."

Carlos J Tavares, The Space of Carlos Taveres, 23 Jan 1998

"Don Tillman's five piece debut is a merger of the soaring intricacies of Kansas with some aspects of fusion (Jean Luc Ponty comes to mind).  Don has an impressive array of keyboards; he's adept at switching off between Mellotron and synth to organ, creating a healthy interplay with noted violinist Karen Bentley."

"The stand out piece is Allegro Assai, an arrangement of a Bach violin concerto which benefits from a strong adaptation without losing the delicacy of the original score."

Exposé Magazine, Spring 1997

"Joining the ranks of ever more new American prog bands are Tesseract from the Bay Area. Led by keys man, vocalist and guitarist Don Tillman, this quintet serves up a debut brimming with a variety of sounds and styles, ranging from soundscapes to jazzy instrumentals to straight ahead symph-prog.  Most of the song writing is fairly linear with the emphasis on the playing.  Standing out in the mix is the wonderful violin work of accomplished classical musician Karen Bentley (who guested on the last Camel release) who brings a strong Kansas element to the collection."

"A very promising debut from a group of talented musicians."

Exposé Magazine, Summer 1997

The Band

The Tesseract album was recorded between October 1996 and January 1997 and released in April 1997.  The musicians for this were, left to right:

the band
Julius Smith Physical modeling synthesizer, keyboards, acoustic guitar
Dave Berners Bass
Karen Bentley Violin
Josh Schroeter Drums
Don Tillman 6- and 12-string guitars, keyboards, vocals, cymbals

Produced and engineered by Don Tillman.  No sequencing, no samplers, no MIDI.

Where To Get It

Where can I get a copy mailorder?

Kinesis CD 1430 Wisp Court, Hanover, Maryland  21076  USA
phone/fax: 410 551-8081

The Laser's Edge PO Box 2450, Cherry Hill, New Jersey  08034  USA
phone: 856 751-6444

M&M Music P.O. Box 63, Ashland, Massachusetts  01721  USA
phone: 508 881-6737

Of Sound Mind 1361 Sweetbriar Lane, Bel Air, Maryland  21014  USA
phone: 410 893-9048

Syn-Phonic P.O. Box 2034, La Habra, CA  90632  USA
phone: 562 947-1576

ZNR Records PO Box 58040, Louisville, Kentucky  40268  USA
phone: 502 933-7078

How about Japan?

The Garden Shed
SHINJUKU-KU, Tokyo 160-0023 Japan

Or you can send a check for $12.00 payable to Don Tillman to:

P.O.Box 61
Palo Alto, California  USA  94302

and we'll get one to you right away.