Kevin Drumm

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Kevin Drumm
Kevin Drumm live in 2009
Background information
Born1970 (age 53–54)
South Holland, Illinois, USA
OriginChicago, IL, USA
Instrument(s)guitar, electronics

Kevin Drumm (born 1970) is an experimental musician based in Chicago, United States.


Emerging from the city's improvised music scene, in the 1990s he became one of the world's pre-eminent prepared guitar players. Since then his work has expanded to include electroacoustic compositions and live electronic music made with laptop computers and analog modular synthesizers. His early recordings contain mostly sparse, quiet sounds; recent works have been more loud and dense.

Drumm has collaborated with many artists working in similar fields, including Japanese guitarist Taku Sugimoto, multi-instrumentalist and producer Jim O'Rourke, and many European improvisers such as Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and German trumpeter Axel Dörner. He has also worked with the artist group Simparch, composing a piece for their installation Spec, shown at Documenta XI in Kassel, Germany and at the Renaissance Society in Chicago. Drumm has also worked with saxophonist Ken Vandermark's Territory Band, which brings together American and European players who work in both jazz and free improvisation. Drumm has received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists award (2011).[1]



Appears on[edit]

  • (1995) Ken Vandermark - Standards (CD) - Quinnah
  • (1996) Gastr del Sol - "Our Exquisite Replica of Eternity" on Upgrade & Afterlife (CD) - Drag City
  • (1998) Loren Mazzacane-Connors and Alan Licht - Hoffman Estates (CD) - Drag City
  • (1999) "Berlin 1", "Graz 2", "Wien 1", "Berlin 3" on Charhizma 002 feat. Dafeldecker/Kurzmann/Fennesz/O'Rourke/Drumm/Siewert (CD) - Charhizma
  • (2002) Territory Band-2 Atlas (CD) - OkkaDisk
  • (2003) "Wels", "Nickelsdorf 1", "Nickelsdorf 2" on Charhizma 020 feat. Dafeldecker/Kurzmann/Drumm/eRikm/dieb13/Noetinger (CD) - Charhizma
  • (2003) "Untitled" on Untitled (CDr) - No label
  • (2004) Territory Band-3 Map Theory (2CD) - OkkaDisk

Tracks appear on[edit]

  • (1997) "Brassy" on Scatter (CD) - Ash International
  • (2000) "Three" on Prix Ars Electronica CyberArts 2000 (2xCD) - Ars Electronica Center
  • (2000) "Untitled" on Variious (2xCD) - Intransitive Recordings
  • (2001) "Feelin Hilarious" on Or Some Computer Music (CD) - Or Records
  • (2001) "Untitled" on Transmissions 003 (2xCD) - Transmissions
  • (2002) "My Tree Bears No Nuts (Part 2)" on All Tomorrow's Parties 1.1 (CD/2xLP) - ATP Recordings
  • (2001) "Untitled" on X + Y = XY (CDr) - Alku
  • (2004) "Untitled" on LDS Relationchips (CDr) - Entr'acte
  • (2005) "Untitled" on ALKUjiggerypokeryMIX (MP3) - Alku
  • (2018) "Redirect" on Grunt by Derek Piotr (CD) - DPSR


  1. ^ "Kevin Drumm :: Foundation for Contemporary Arts". Retrieved 2018-04-19.

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