Bio

Nomadic Horizon is:
Tom Heslin – bass guitars/vocals/synths
Eric Gulbransen – guitars
Chuck Bontrager – violin
Greg Rapp – drums

Nomadic Horizon came together as a result of Eric and Tom’s desire to create some music inspired by their mutual love of classic progressive rock, along with other styles that exhibit texture, dynamics, free-form creativity, and originality.

In their first year, they released a four song EP simply titled “4”. The EP release coincided with the band’s debut live show, and it was immediately apparent that they were able to engage an enthusiastic audience, even through some of the more intricate moments. The shows have only gotten stronger, with the band having shared the stage with many of their local contemporaries, and people are paying attention.

It was decided early on to forego having a full-time keyboardist, but another texture was needed to keep things interesting. Word of mouth led to Chuck and his 7 string violin. Classically trained, and with hundreds of theater gigs under his belt, including his current stint as concert master for “Hamilton”, Chuck can go from beautiful violin melodies, to over-driven power chords through his half stack.

In mid-2017, Greg Rapp was brought on board as the band’s new drummer. Greg is a fixture of the Chicago music scene, and a beast behind the kit. He’s a busy jobber and also studies piano and bass guitar as time permits. His compositional approach to creating drum parts is the perfect addition to the music Tom and Eric bring to the table, as is his precision and timekeeping.

Eric’s creativity and knowledge of music theory make for some great dynamics in both the guitar and violin departments, as he creates unique melodies and harmonies for the two instruments. A true “texturalist”, he goes from clean, complex chord voicings, to shredding leads and crunchy rhythms.

Tom has been a respected bassist on the Chicago music scene since the 80s, and has spent years multi-tasking on keyboards, bass pedals, vocals, and guitar. Early in the band’s development, he took on the role of lead vocalist and is the band’s lyricist. His grinding bass tone, while locked in with Greg’s drums, lay a massive foundation for the rest of the band’s textures.