Tim Daisy “October Music Vol 1 :: 7 Compositions For Duet” (relay 009)

Now Available! (Dec 8th, 2014)


Relay Records is proud to present the latest release in it’s catalog: “October Music (vol 1) 7 Compositions For Duet” (relay 009) documents a set of duet compositions written by Chicago based percussionist Tim Daisy, each piece performed in a duo format, and each written specifically for seven Chicago based musicians.
Edition of 500cds + digital download


Tim Daisy
October Music vol 1
7 compositions for duetw/Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
Josh Berman – cornet
James Falzone – clarinet
Jen Clare Paulson – viola
Dave Rempis – baritone saxophone
Marc Riordan – piano
Katherine Young – bassoon
Tim Daisy – drums, marimba, radio
Relay Records 009_________________________________________________________________________  1. For Jay :: James Falzone clarinet – Tim Daisy percussion, marimba
2. Roscoe St :: Dave Rempis baritone saxophone – TD percussion
3. Some Birds :: Katherine Young bassoon – TD percussion, marimba
4. Writers :: Marc Riordan piano – TD percussion
5. Near A Pond :: Jen Clare Paulson viola – TD marimba
6. For Lowell :: Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone TD – percussion
7. Painted :: Josh Berman – cornet TD percussionAll compositions by Tim Daisy (ASCAP)
Recorded on October 25th and 26th 2014 @ Experimental Sound Studio Chicago
Recorded and mixed by Alex Inglizian
Cover art by Fede Penalva
Special thanks to the musicians, Alex Inglizian, Lou Mallozzi & Emma Daisy.

Russ Johnson “Meeting Point” (relay 008)


Russ Johnson – trumpet
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Anton Hatwich –bass
Tim Daisy – drums
Trumpeter Russ Johnson relocated to the Midwest 2 1/2 years ago after spending more than 2 decades in NYC. Since his arrival, he has become an important fixture on the Chicago music scene.
The group he has put together for Meeting Point features a hand picked collection of Chicago’s finest improvisers. This group recently performed at the Umbrella Music Fest & will perform at the Chicago Jazz Festival in Millennium Park this coming August.
Influenced by a wide array of improvised jazz and contemporary classical music, the Russ Johnson Quartet strikes a unique and engaging balance between thematic material and extended improvisation, creating an exciting book of original music which exploits the strengths of the individual musicians while at the same time maintaining a cohesive group sound.

All compositions by Russ Johnson (Urizen music/BMI)
Recorded by Benjamin Balcolm at Minbal Studios Chicago, IL
Mixed/Mastered by Eivind Opsvik at Greenwood Underground,Brooklyn,NY
Sequencing by Alex Inglizian
Layout by Federico Penalva
Cover Painting by Christine Streiff

Schemata and Heuristics for Clarinets #1 By Steve Swell (relay new composers 004)

Relay Recordings is proud to present it’s latest release in it’s catalog:

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“Schemata and Heuristics for Clarinets “ by NYC based composer and tromobonist Steve Swell (relay new composers 004)

Featuring the fine clarinet work of:

Ned Rothenberg. Guillermo Gregorio. Miguel Malla. And Zara Acosta-Chen.

Download this digital track at: http://timdaisyrelayrecords.bandcamp.com/edit_track?id=3660182705

“Schemata and Heuristics for Clarinets #1is the first in a series of structured compositions for non-traditional instrumental groupings that continues my commitment of blending composition and improvisation into spontaneous and dynamic performances.” -Steve Swell

Title: Schemata and Heuristics for Clarinets #1

Ned Rothenberg
Guillermo Gregorio
Miguel Malla
Zara Acosta-Chen

Steve Swell

Born in Newark, NJ, Steve Swell has been an active member of the NYC music community since 1975. He has toured and recorded with many artists from mainstreamers such as Lionel Hampton and Buddy Rich to so called outsiders as Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor and William Parker. He has over 40 CDs as a leader or co-leader and is a featured artists on more than 100 other releases. He runs workshops around the world and is a teaching artist in the NYC public school system focusing on special needs children.

Swell has worked on music transcriptions of the Bosavi tribe of New Guinea for MacArthur fellow, Steve Feld in 2000. His CD, “Suite For Players, Listeners and Other Dreamers” (CIMP) ranked number 2 in the 2004 Cadence Readers Poll. He has also received grants from USArtists International in 2006, MCAF (LMCC) awards in 2008 and 2013 and has been commissioned twice on the Interpretations Series at Merkin Hall in 2006 and at Roulette in 2012.

Steve was nominated for Trombonist of the Year 2008 & 2011 by the Jazz Journalists Association, was selected Trombonist of the Year 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 by the magazine El Intruso of Argentina and received the 2008 Jubilation Foundation Fellowship Award of the Tides Foundation. The Downbeat Critics Poll selected him for the Trombone category in 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013.

Steve is presently a teaching artist through the American Composers Orchestra, Healing Arts Initiative , Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center (Bronx), the Jazz Foundation of America and Leman Manhattan Preparatory School.








Steve was also awarded the 2014 Creative Curricula grant (LMCC).

Mikolaj Trzaska & Tim Daisy “In This Moment” (relay 007)


Mikolaj Trzaska :: Alto Saxophone
Tim Daisy :: DrumsPolish saxophonist and composer Mikolaj Trzaska and Chicago drummer Tim Daisy team up for a set of inspired duo improvisations. Recorded in Chicago in 2012 while Mikolaj was in town to perform at the Chicago Jazz festival with Ken Vandermark’s Resonance Ensemble.

Mikolaj Trzaska and Tim Daisy share a long history of performing,recording, touring, with many different ensembles including the Inner Ear Quartet,Ken Vandermark’s Resonance Ensemble,and the Trzaska/ Thomas/ Daisy Trio.

This recording is a limited edition of 300. Tim and Mikolaj will tour the USA in support of this release February 7 – 20, 2014

More details at: www.timdaisy.com

Includes immediate download of 5-track album in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more), plus unlimited mobile access using the free Bandcamp listening app.

shipping out on or around 21 February 2014

 $13.99 USD or more


“A Fine Day In Berlin” by the Tim Daisy Trio

Relay Recordings is proud to present the latest addition to it’s catalogue of improvised music:

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“A Fine Day In Berlin”  by The Tim Daisy Trio w/Havard Wiik :: Piano | Clayton Thomas :: Bass |Tim Daisy :: Drums (Relay 006/ Ltd ed. 350 on cd)  $13.99

Order “A Fine Day In Berlin” here:


Recorded on September 20th, 2013 at Frangenheim Studios, Berlin

Recorded by Richard Koning

Mixed and Mastered  on  October 17, 2013 by Alex Inglizian at Experimental Sound Studio Chicago,IL

Layout/Design by Federico Penalva

“After a ten date European tour with ‘Dave Rempis’ Percussion Quartet’ ,finishing in Pozanan, Poland, I jumped on a train for a short ride over to Berlin. Meeting up with two of my friends, who also happen to be two of my favorite musicians in the world, we spent an afternoon at Frangenheim studios producing sounds, drinking plenty of  coffee, and  having a blast doing it. Hope you enjoy the results!” (Tim Daisy/ Chicago Oct 2013)


This title is available as a limited edition cd of 350. Also available as a digital download from Bandcamp:


About the musicians:

Tim Daisy is a Chicago based percussionist, composer and educator working in the fields of    improvised and composed music. Born and raised in northeastern Illinois, he moved to Chicago in 1997  and has since  performed, recorded, and toured with many acclaimed musicians and ensembles from both the USA and abroad. Tim also maintains an active touring schedule, working with a number of musicians and ensembles and has traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe.  Working in a number of different environments, he has composed for solo percussion, chamber groups, jazz ensembles, dance, theater, and film.


 Tim has had the fortunate experience to work with many of the most cutting edge musicians currently working in the filed of improvised music including: Ken Vandermark,  Jeb Bishop , Fred Lonberg-Holm, James Falzone, Dave Rempis, Steve Swell, John Tchicai,  Mars Williams, Joe McPhee, Matt Bauder, Michael Zerang, and Frank Rosaly, and Aram Shelton.



Håvard Wiik (1975) studied jazz and composition at the jazz department at Trondheim Music Conservatory. He is one of Norway’s most respected and profiled jazz pianists. He has for more than a decade been a member and founder of several the most important Norwegian ensembles (Atomic, Element, Free Fall) and he’s also a been first choice in accompaniment of several international jazz greats. He has toured all over the world with these groups. In 2004 he had the honourably role as ’artist in residence’ at the Molde international Jazzfestival in Norway. In 2006 he also received one the greatest acknowledgement for a Norwegian jazz musician, the Kongsberg Jazzfestival’s ‘Vital-prize.
IN 2007 he relocated to Berlin where he works with people like Axel Dörner, Michael Thieke, Jan Roder and Antonio Borghini

Clayton Thomas is a double bassist and grass roots organiser working in the broad spectrum of improvised music. Equally at home playing at high, medium and starkly reduced energy levels, he finds inspiration in creative music and musicians of all generations. He is the founder of The Splinter Orchestra, the NOW now festival and the concert series ‘if you like improvised music, we like you.” in Sydney, Australia.

“I’m trying to work out a physical activity equally engaged in electronic and acoustic music aesthetics, while maintaining the kind of transitional and transformative energy of the music that changed my life. I draw inspiration from creative music of all eras, happily learning from and engaging with improvisers, sound artists, composers and thinkers alive and kicking in the 21st century. I have been inspired and pushed by many great musicians, but would especially thank Jon Rose, Jim Denley, Andrew Meisel, Cooper-Moore, Tony Buck and Hollis Taylor for doing some real work on the topic. All my music is dedicated to my first teachers, Wilber Morris and Peter Kowald.”

Welcome To Relay Recordings!!

Relay Recordings is a jazz and improvised music label which documents the work of Chicago based drummer and composer Tim Daisy. Relay focuses on small run, ltd edition cdr releases  as well as download only titles. Relay Recordings is  100% artist run.

If you would like to order music from Relay, please check out our Bandcamp Page:http://timdaisyrelayrecords.bandcamp.com/

Relay Recordings releases music in 4 categories:

RELAY CD :: Limited edition CD Release with original artwork (includes digital download)
RELAY New Composers Series :: New original works by various composers working in the experimental/new music vein (digital only)
RELAY LIVE :: Documenting free jazz/new music performances happening live in Chicago.                                                                                                                                         RELAY  DIGITAL :: Album length studio recordings available for download

Have a look around. And please stop by Tim’s website: