Double bass, Improviser. Born Damon Jesse Smith on oct. 17th, 1972 in Spokane, WA. Did
"freestyle bmx" bicycle riding from age 13 to 23. Started music in 1991, under the
influence of Mike Watt (fIREHOSE & the minutemen) on fender bass. Lead several punk/art
rock combos until 1994. Upon receiving Peter Kowald's landmark lp "Duos;Europa,"
Damon sold the fender bass and concentrated solely on double bass and free music.
Damon's music is rooted in the tradition of "free jazz", with most of his professional
experience coming from work with the orchestras and small ensembles of alto
saxophonist marco eneidi, however, he is very interested in all the manifestations of free
improvised music (jazz rooted or not!) around the world