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IKZ (Chris Dammann / Kevin Davis / John Niekrasz / Toby Summerfield): I Saw The Cryptic Problem Of M (Amalgam)

Four improvisations that start as dense and scrabbly electroacoustic improv and then transport into beautiful sonic interaction from the Chicago collaborative quartet of Chris Dammann (Scott Clark) on double bass, Kevin Davis (Jason Stein's Locksmith Isidore) on cello, John Niekrasz (Poor School, The Naked Future) on drums and Toby Summerfield (Larval, Algernon, Scott Clark) on guitar.
 

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Chris Dammann-double bass

Kevin Davis-cello

John Niekrasz-drums

Toby Summerfield-guitar


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Label: Amalgam
Catalog ID: AMA027
Squidco Product Code: 34537

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at the Shape Shoppe, in Chicago, Illinois, by Nick Broste.

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"IKZ is a collaborative quartet composed of Chicago experimental music expats- Toby Summerfield on guitar, John Niekrasz on drums, Christopher Dammann on double bass, and Kevin Davis on cello and electronics. Their music combines open forms and real-time collaboration to create a propulsive, ecstatic mix of noise and improvised sound."-Amalgam


Artist Biographies

"Chris Dammann is a composer/bassist who lives in Chicago. He is lucky enough to have improvised with many of his favorite musicians, worked in a variety of bands, performed music for national television shows and ad campaigns. He writes music for games, television and film.

Recent work includes the score for Kera MacKenzie & Andrew Mausert-Mooney's award winning non-fiction montage feature, Make A Distinction, the Restroy release, sketches, for ears&eyes records and IKZ (Toby Summerfield, Kevin Davis, and John Niekrasz) release I saw the Cryptic Problem of my Generation Destroyed on Chicago label, Amalgam music.

Chris is currently working on material for a newly formed sextet (Scott Clark, Jon Irabagon, Edward Wilkerson, Mabel Kwan, James Davis) with plans to record summer 2024.

Chris is also proud to be a teaching artist with the People's Music School of Chicago, Chicago's largest tuition free music school."

-Chris Dammann Website (https://www.christopherdammann.com/bio)
6/12/2024

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"Kevin Davis is an improviser, composer, and cellist. Originally from Appalachian Tennessee, he has at various times been based out of Memphis, Chicago, New York, and Istanbul, where he has played in and composed for a large variety of musical situations across a wide spectrum of contemporary music. He has recorded and performed in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. He has degrees in music composition from the University of Memphis (B. Music) and the Centre for Advanced Musical Studies (MIAM) in Istanbul, Turkey (MA), and in Composition and Computer Technologies from the University of Virginia (MA, PhD). Press information available upon request."

-Kevin Davis Website (http://kevindavismusic.com/info/)
6/12/2024

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"John Niekrasz is a drummer, composer, teacher, and writer from Chicago, living in Portland, Oregon. His band Methods Body, with Luke Wyland, releases its debut record on New Amsterdam Records and Beacon Sound on May 22, 2020. John also performs and composes for ensembles including Orchestra Becomes Radicalized, Why I Must Be Careful, Y La Bamba, Glowing Life, Thicket, GRS, Poor School, and Guvna Rakety.

John received his MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. A lifelong student of drum set, John has studied percussion and dance in Havana, improvisation with Milford Graves, and classical Hindustani tabla in Benares, India, with Pandit Lacchu Maharaj.

John is committed to improvisation both in performance and as a compositional approach. He bridges the musico-poetic divide through text-based composition and syllabic musical notation. His work struggles with such spectra as poverty and ornament, rigor and effortlessness, justice and militancy.

John's previous recordings appear on labels Ecstatic Peace, ESP-disk', Tender Loving Empire, Killertree, and others. He has composed original scores for choreographers including Shannon Stewart, Anya Cloud, Allie Hankins, and Ginger Krebs.

John Niekrasz has created work as a fellow at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, ACRE Arts Residency, and Résidence Point Dom. For six months, he lived in Paris' Cité International des Arts, where he performed and curated events. He founded the Outset Music Series, volunteers in ACRE's recording studio, and served as artistic director of the Creative Music Guild in Portland, Oregon. He taught drumming at Revival Drum Shop for three years.

John has collaborated and performed with Nate Wooley, Marilyn Crispell, Mary Halvorson, John Butcher, Rhys Chatham, Nicole Mitchell, Glenn Kotche, Joanna Newsom, Akron/Family, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jason Adasiewicz, Sylvaine Hèlary, Frode Gjerstad, Wolter Wierbos, Jack Wright, Weasel Walter, Devin Hoff, Frank Rosaly, Tomeka Reid, Alexandra Grimal, Urs Leimgruber, Tim Kinsella, Tatsuya Nakatani, Seth Lazuli, William Hooker, Eve Risser, John Wiese, James Baker, Sally Timms, Guro Skumsnes Moe, Jaimie Branch, James Falzone, Jason Stein, Luke Wyland, Gino Robair, Jason Roebke, John Gruntfest, Wayne Montana, Mika Singh, Thollem McDonas, Josh Berman, Josh Abrams, John Dikeman, Julien Desprez, Brian Mumford, and many other fine artists."

-John Niekrasz Website (https://www.johnniekrasz.com/bio)
6/12/2024

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"Toby Summerfield is a Bassist and Guitarist living in New Hampshire. Born in Ann Arbor, 1978. Lived in Chicago 2001-2012. Composer, Improviser, Collaborator. Guitarist, Bassist.Composer, Collaborator and Improviser."

-Toby Summerfield Website (https://www.tobysummerfield.com/about/)
6/12/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Cloud In The Serpent 11:18

2. Landscape With Focal Point 10:18

3. Zukunftsforschung 12:37

4. All These Things Are Lost 9:17

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