Tim Daisy is a Chicago based drummer, composer, and presenter who’s been an active member of the international improvised music scene since the late 1990s.

Mainly self- taught, with some private lessons on drums, marimba and vibraphone, Tim’s move and subsequent immersion into Chicago’s fertile creative music scene in 1997 has given him the opportunity to perform, compose, tour and record with some of the city’s most acclaimed musicians and ensembles.

Along with his drumming and compositional work connected to various experimental music groups, Tim has also contributed original compositions and improvisations for modern dance companies, sound installations, documentary films, and podcasts.

Since 2011, he has operated Relay Records, a 100% artist-run cd and download label which documents much of his creative work both locally and internationally.

Tim also co-curates the Option Series 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.

In addition, he is a member of the Catalytic Sound Creative Music Cooperative. A music-based co-operative designed to help create economic sustainability for its artists through patron support.

Outside of Tim’s performance, curatorial and label duties, he has worked as a teaching artist with CAPE (Chicago Artist Partnerships in Education.) Collaborating with Chicago public school teachers on projects which enhance learning through arts integration.


 Ensemble work as a sideman


The Vandermark 5

The Frame Quartet

The Resonance Ensemble

The Rempis Percussion Quartet

Audio One

Made To Break

Russ Johnson’s Meeting Point

Dragons 1976

The Aram Shelton Quartet

The Dave Rempis Quartet



Kyle Bruckmann’s Wrack


Ensemble work as a leader or co -leader

The Metamatic Percussion trio

Vox Arcana

Trio Red Space

Rempis/Daisy Duo

Vandermark/Daisy Duo


The Engines

Inner Ear

Moments Form

The Festival Quartet

The Steel Bridge Trio

The New Fracture Quartet

The Fulcrum Ensemble

TD Red Nation


The Seldoms

The 58 Group

Synapse Arts




Necessary Work Adelita Husni – Bey 2021 (sound contibution)

Dream Havana a film by Gary Marks

Strade De Aqua (Roads Of Water)

Festival Appearances

Suoni Per Il Popolo Montreal, QC

The Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI

Konfrontationen – Nickelsdorf , AU

Kaleidophon – Ulrichsberg, AU

Art Acts Festival- St Johan, AU

Wels Unlimited – Wels, AU

Krakow Jazz Fall – Krakow, PL

The Lublin Jazz Festival-Lublin PL

The Chicago Jazz Festival

Okka Fest- Milwaukee WI

The Umbrella Music Festival – Chicago,IL

Mannheim Jazz Festival -Mannheim, DE

Jazz of Wine and Peace – Cormons, IT

The Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, Victoriaville, QC

All Ears Festival-Oslo, NO

Labels recorded for


Not Two, Atavistic, Okka Disk, 482 Music, Relay Recordings, Astral Spirits, Clean Feed, Trost, 1980 Records, Sonorus, Augiographic, Aerophonic,Lizard Breath, Paradise Of Bachelors, Amalgam, Singlespeed, Foehn, Bocian, Peira, Allos Documents,New World, Porter, Multi Kulti, Lawrence Family, Luminescence, Makrame, Lizard Breath, Carrot Top, Utech, Red Toucan, CIMP, Cadence, Lucky Kitchen and Kilogram.

A few “repeat” collaborators

Dave Rempis/Fred Lonberg – Holm/Elisabeth Harnik/Ken Vandermark/Steve Swell/Mikolaj Trzaska/James Falzone/ Håvard Wiik/ Frank Rosaly/Katherine Young/Jeb Bishop/Mars Williams/Josh Berman/Keefe Jackson/Aram Shelton/Darren Johnston/Macio Moretti/Kyle Bruckmann/Michael Zerang/Clayton Thomas/ Per-Åke Holmlander/Ingebrigt Håker Flaten/Russ Johnson/Matt Piet.

In 2011, Tim received the New Music America Composers Assistance Award and in 2011, 2012 and 2017 the ASCAP Plus Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, for his work as a composer.