TYLER DAMON (b. 1987, Cincinnati, OH USA) is a Midwestern American artist whose work aims to reveal obscured, mercurial narratives via drums/percussion & free improvisation.
In addition to solo work, Tyler is involved in extended duo exhibitions with guitarist Tashi Dorji and saxophonist Dave Rempis. Building upon the foundation of these pairings, the three formed the dedicated working trio Kuzu in 2017. Other recent outfits also include a Chicago triad featuring Gerrit Hatcher & Joshua Abrams, the Mars Williams-led quartet, Exit Plan, alongside Brian Sandstrom & Steve Marquette, and a startling trio with NYC improvisers Sam Weinberg & Henry Fraser. Tyler is also often found drumming with Chicago-via-Houston guitarist Eli Winter and has been recognized for his work with the chameleonic Circuit Des Yeux.
Tyler has toured extensively in North America, Europe, Vietnam, & Colombia and is also regularly engaged with other artists, musicians and heads of various sorts across the American Midwest. His recorded output has been offered by a myriad of labels including Family Vineyard, Astral Spirits, Aerophonic, Trost, Magnetic South, Feeding Tube, Drag City, Matador, Auris Apothecary, Sophomore Lounge, Amalgam, Medium Sound, Long Gone Sound System, Let’s Pretend, Park 70 & his own Yoke (currently on a temporary hiatus).
“Damon is the tenacious force that keeps the band boiling with his everywhere-at-once presence and impressive stamina. He also has a way of injecting a tight swing or quick-witted groove in the middle of a firestorm that leaves listeners tapping their toes or shaking their heads like, ‘how did he do that?'” – Taylor McDowell, The Free Jazz Collective
“…his blending of scrape disciplines, stream-of-conscious phrasings and subtle tribal rolls is beatifically disorienting and hypnotic and evocative of animal rutting and fighting and writhing…” – Jacob An Kittenplan, Cassette Gods
“Damon draws so many sounds out of his kit so quickly and with such intention and imagination it’s hard to imagine it coming from one person.” – Isaac Olson, Dusted Magazine
“Damon doesn’t downplay his rock roots in his machine-gun sallies (…) but he carefully modulates his approach to maintain meaningful interactions—and he can dispense with fixed patterns at the drop of a hat.” – Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
“…his solo showcase […] shows that he can play dynamically, fading up from near nothingness to passages where his surging attack fills all available space like a deploying airbag.” – Bill Meyer, Wire Magazine #363
“Damon has this way of loosely making his way around the drum kit – almost circling it before an attack…” – Dusty Groove
“[Tyler is] the up-and-coming young drummer in the Midwest and a voice that will be active for years to come.” – Darin Gray