Tim Daisy
b. July 15, 1976 Waukegan , IL

Chicago based composer and percussionist Tim Daisy  has been working in the fields  of improvised and composed music since moving to Chicago in 1997. Since that time he has performed, recorded, and toured with many acclaimed musicians and ensembles from both the USA and abroad. Working in a number of different environments, he has composed for solo percussion, chamber groups, jazz ensembles, dance, theater, and film.

He has had the fortunate experience to work with many creative musicians currently working in the field of improvised music including: Ken Vandermark,  Jeb Bishop Fred Lonberg-Holm, James Falzone, Dave Rempis, Steve Swell, John Tchicai,  Mars Williams, Joe McPhee, Tomeka Reid, Jason Stein,Michael Zerang, Katherine Young, and Aram Shelton.

Tim organizes and composes for three of his own ensembles which include the experimental chamber trio Vox Arcana w/Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and James Falzone on clarinet, The Oakland based  Steel Bridge Trio w/ Aram Shelton on reeds and Safa Shokrai on bass, and Red Space featuring Mars Williams on reeds and Jeb Bishop on trombone.

Tim has performed drums as well as showcased his original compositions at many festivals throughout North America and Europe including: The Newport Jazz Festival, The Chicago Jazz Festival, The Umbrella Music Festival in Chicago, The Wels Music Unlimited Festival in Wels Austria, The North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands and the Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival in Montreal, Krakow Jazz Fall in Krakow Poland, and the Monterrey Jazz Festival.

In 2011 Tim received both the New Music America “Composers Assistance Award” as well as the American Society of Composers Authors, and Publishers “ASCAP Plus Award” recognizing his original contributions to American music.

Since 2011 Tim has operated his own record label  Relay Records which documenting much of the work Tim is involved with in Chicago and abroad, as well as showcasing some of the great music being made by various experimental/avant garde musicians from the Chicago scene.


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