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Tim Daisy's Fulcrum Ensemble 'Animation' (relay 021)

by The Fulcrum Ensemble

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The Fulcrum Ensemble:

James Falzone: Clarinet
Steve Swell: Trombone
Josh Berman: Cornet
Fred Lonberg - Holm: Cello
Dave Rempis: Alto and Baritone Saxophones
Tim Daisy: Drums/Marimba/Metronomes/Califone/Composer

The second release from composer/percussionist Tim Daisy's latest ensemble, (formerly known as the Celebration sextet.) Three brand new compositions mix intricate orchestration with spirited improvisation, performed by a cast of world-class improvisers. Recorded at the Elastic Arts Foundation in Chicago, IL


The Fulcrum Ensemble is an experimental music sextet organized by Chicago based percussionist and composer Tim Daisy and is a primary vehicle for his compositional style which mixes intricate orchestration with spirited improvisation.

The three compositions on the group’s latest release “Animation” take inspiration from a range of contemporary musical ideas including: the innovative performance and compositional techniques pioneered by the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, structural and textural innovations connected to contemporary composers including Earle Brown, Anthony Braxton and Terry Riley, as well as the energy and spirit generated by the American “free jazz” movement of the 1960’s and 70's, notably the work of Julius Hemphill, Marion Brown, and Don Cherry.

The intention of the Fulcrum Ensemble’s music lies in the assimilation of these multiple influences with the hopes of creating something new and unique. Utilizing some of the leading lights of today’s improvised music scene, the realization of these compositions would not be possible without the strong personalities, shared experience, good humor, inventiveness and collaborative spirit of the ensemble members.

‘Animation’ is the second recorded document from the Fulcrum Ensemble (formerly called the Celebration Sextet – see relay records 016) and the group has every intention to keep creating these unique collaborative sounds together well into the future.


released February 1, 2018

All Compositions by Tim Daisy (Split Music/ASCAP)
Recorded on August 8th, 2017 at the Elastic Arts Foundation, Chicago Il
Recorded by Dave Zuchowski / One Room Studio
Mixed/Mastered by Alex Inglizian at Experimental Sound Studio
Artwork/layout by Fede Peñalva

Special Thanks to: the musicians, the Elastic Arts Foundation, Dave Zuchowski ,Alex Inglizian,Ken Vanndermark, Emma Daisy, Lewis Daisy and all the fans and supporters of creative music here there and everywhere.


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Timothy Daisy // Relay Recordings Chicago, Illinois

Relay Recordings is an experimental music label owned and operated since 2011 by Chicago-based percussionist and composer Tim Daisy. Relay documents much of the creative work that Tim has been involved with both in Chicago and beyond. Relay Recordings is 100% artist run. Ltd edition cd and/or digital download formats available.

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