Chicago – based drummer, marimbist, and composer Tim Daisy has worked in the fields of improvised and composed music since 1997. He has performed, recorded, and toured with many acclaimed musicians and ensembles from both the North American and European improvised music scenes including: Mars Williams, Ken Vandermark, Fred Lonberg -Holm, Elisabeth Harnik, Dave Rempis, James Falzone, Russ Johnson, Havard Wiik, Mikolaj Trzaska, Clayton Thomas, Per Ake Holmlander, Steve Swell, Aram Shelton, Michael Zerang, Kyle Bruckmann, and Katherine Young.

Tim organizes tours and composes music for three of his own ensembles including: the chamber music trio Vox Arcana with James Falzone on clarinet and Fred Lonberg -Holm on cello,  Trio Red Space with Mars Williams on reeds and Jeb Bishop on trombone, and  The Steel Bridge Trio with Aram Shelton on reeds and Safa Shokrai on bass.

His solo project Red Nation explores the art of improvisation in an electro-acoustic setting. Utilizing multiple percussion instruments including gongs, bells, mixing bowls, kitchen utensils, metronomes, various found objects, turntables, and radios. Tim creates various improvised situations in a solo context, with all of his tools arranged on the floor in various patterns.

Major accomplishments include:

Named one of thirteen “Drummers for the Future.” By Downbeat magazine (2003)

Extensive tours throughout North America and Europe with acclaimed avant- garde jazz ensembles including the Vandermark 5, The Rempis Percussion Quartet, The Engines, The Frame Quartet, the Resonance Ensemble and Made to Break.

Major festival appearances including the North Sea Jazz Festival, The Newport Jazz Festival, The Chicago Jazz Festival, Alarme festival Berlin, Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival Montreal, the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, and the Music Unlimited festival in Wels, Austria.

An original work for solo percussion and dance commissioned by the Chicago-based dance ensemble The Seldoms titled “Marchland.” This new work was premiered to wide acclaim in March of 2010 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago: http://theseldoms.org/marchland

A 2016 Audio residency at the Dom Kereta “Keret House” in Warsaw Poland which explored spatial limitations and its affect on sound making: https://www.facebook.com/domkereta/

A 2016 Florasonic commission by the Experimental Sound Studio called The Glass House. A site specific, multi-layered composition which ran for three months at the Lincoln Park Conservatory in Chicago. http://www.experimentalsoundstudio.org/pages/event_detail/52.php?id=416
Tim also owns and operates Relay Records, documenting much of the creative work that he has been involved with in Chicago and abroad since 2011. http://www.timdaisyrelayrecords.bandcamp.com

Since June of 2014, he has been a co- programmer for the Option music salon at Experimental Sound Studio. The programming explores contemporary perspectives on improvisation and composition in a ‘salon’ format, enabling local, national, and international artists to publicly discuss their practice and ideas as well as perform


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