Daniel Wyche is a Chicago-based guitarist, composer and improviser. Working with a wide range of physical preparations, extended techniques, and pedal instruments, his recorded work and live performances are characterized by long-form structured improvisations. Daniel’s early records are a methodical crawl through the timbral subtleties of the guitar through sweet and unhurried layering, inspired by the ambient and deep listening traditions. However, with Our Severed Sleep (Eh? 2016), his most recent solo record, he has returned to his earliest inspirations on the uncomfortable periphery of rock and free improvisation, in an extended exploration of the relationships between resonance, overtones, and noise. The result is a pair of compositions called “a blowout to wake the dead” by the Wire, “reverent music,” by Decoder, and “an infinite swansong of bliss” by Tiny Mix Tapes. Over the past several years, all of this work has become increasingly integrated with the exploration of multi-channel performance, the spatialization of sound, and site specific-composition, and new compositions for quad and 8-channel guitar are currently being developed.
Along with his solo guitar work and duo recordings with primary collaborator Ryan Packard (Fonema Consort, Skeletons), Wyche is involved in several regular collaborations. Most notable among these are a series of ongoing performances with Julian Lynch (Real Estate), and his trio with Mark Shippy (US Maple, Invisible Things) and Ben Baker Billington (Tiger Hatchery, ONO, ADT), which will release two new records in 2017 on the Astral Spirits and No Index imprints.
Daniel has been a curator at Elastic Arts in Chicago since 2013, has severed as part-time faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is an PhD candidate in the history and philosophy of religions at the University of Chicago.
Daniel can be reached by email at cityofthepresent (at) gmail (dot) com
Notable recent performances.
9.23.17 Cropped Out Festival, with Billington/Shippy/Wyche
7.31.17 The Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, Option Series; duo performance with Kelley Sheehan
3.7.17 The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Work of Light, with live visuals by Jon Cates, & accompaniment by Ryan Packard & Seth Parker-Woods. Part of the Merce Cunningham retrospective, "Common Time."
7.8.16-7.12.16 Visiting Artist, ACRE residency, Steuben, WI.
7.7.16 Omaha Under the Radar Festival, Omaha, NE, debut of The Work of Light, a structured improvisation for quad guitar and broken computers.
12.11.15 Experimental Sound Studio Chicago, debut of The Fire in the Lacquer House II, a new arrangement for ESS's 2015 Oscillations series; co-written with Jonathan Lange, and performed by Daniel Wyche (guitar), Andrew Clinkman (guitar), Ryan Packard (vibraphones), and Lia Kohl (cello).
10.11.15 The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, performance of John Cage’s “Child of Tree” with Nick Meryhew, Jenna Lyle, Andrew Tham, Alejandro Acierto, and Sam Scranton; curated by Peter Margasak & Michael Green.
5.15.15 Constellation Chicago, debut of “Think About Ryan,” an improvised score/game, for Easy/Not Easy III, curated by Matthew Mehlan and featuring: Tomeka Reid, Jim Becker (Califone, Iron and Wine), James Falzone, Tim Kinsella (Joan of Arc, Owls), Jamal Moss (Hieroglyphic Being), Adam Vida (U.S. Maple, Singer), Katherine Young, Parlour Tapes, Jordan Martins, Ryan Ingebritsen, Levy Lorenzo (ICE), Alex Inglizian (El is a Sound of Joy), Natalie Chami (Good Willsmith), Ryan Packard (Fonema Consort)
3.8.15. Constellation Chicago, debut of “William’s Song,” a piece written & arranged by for “There is No Repetition: Spahlinger at 70,” a festival of new music in honor of the work of German New Music composer Mathias Spahlinger, organized by Peter Margasak & Seth Brodsky, March 2015; de Performed by Daniel Wyche & Ryan Packard. Recorded in part by David Zuchowski at Constellation, the rest recorded & mixed by Brian J. Sulpizio at the Compound, April-June 2015. Now available on “Our Severed Sleep” (Eh? 86). Special thanks to Peter Margasak, Seth Brodsky, Ted Gordon, & Ensemble Mocrep.
5.15.18 - "The trio comes together to compose the aural equivalent of an optical illusion, a dizzying duality of feet-stay-in-one-place-while-the-head-spins-around movement and non-movement that plays a trick on the ears, simultaneously disorienting, magnetic, and incredibly hypnotic....The action and energy of each piece is manifested in manipulation and development of dynamic extremes, time feel, and the expansion and contraction of tone, each instrumentalist moving between full, expanded use of his entire instrument and controlled and caged use of select voices within it." - Jazz Right now, on Billington/Shippy Wyche - S/T (Astral Spirits)
5.2018 - The Wire, Adventures in Modern Music, May 2018 Print Edition, Byron Coley on Billington/Shippy/Wyche - S/T (Astral Spirits)
12.20.17 - "Of the many excellent tapes put out by Austin label Astral Spirits this year, the most flat-out exhilarating is this improvised mania from guitarists Mark Shippy (U.S. Maple) and Daniel Wyche alongside drummer Ben Baker Billington (Quicksails). The trio sounds completely unfettered throughout three high-flying tracks, without ever seeming random or directionless. There are equal amounts of thought and sweat here; often the trio melds into a unified point of white-hot energy, such that it’s hard to imagine how they recovered their own individual identities afterward." - Marc Masters, Bandcamp Hi Bias, 10 Best Cassette Releases of 2017 (#4) on Billington/Shippy/Wyche - ST (Astral Spirits)
10.25.17 - "The trio goes straight for the jugular and then the carotid, detonating a pipe bomb of serrated guitar and frantic drumming that is virtually impossible to withstand...the virtuosity on display is spellbinding in its acceleration" - Tabs Out, on Billington/Shippy/Wyche - S/T (Astral Spirits)
10.20.17 - Jordan Reyes, Decoder Magazine, on Billington/Shippy/Wyche - S/T (Astral Spirits)
10.20.17 - Bill Meyer, Dusted, on Billington/Shippy/Wyche - S/T (Astral Spirits)
9.5.17 - "This tape is the fuckin' truth" - Marc Masters on Twitter, on Billington/Shippy/Wyche - S/T (Astral Spirits)
1.17 - "a blowout to wake the dead" - The Wire, Adventures in Modern Music, January 2017 Print Edition (Issue 395), p. 74, on Our Severed Sleep
1.6.17 - "Elusive and yet overwhelming, the record becomes a psychedelic journey through improvisational means, including furious free rock and hardcore-esque outbreaks." - Deconstructing Interference #8, Invisible Oranges, on Our Severed Sleep
12.29.16 - Kathodik, on Our Severed Sleep
8.9.16 - KFJC 89.7FM, on Our Severed Sleep
6.16.16 - "an infinite swan-song of bliss" - Tiny Mix Tapes, on Our Severed Sleep
6.10.16 - Our Severed Sleep Record Release Preview by Seth Bousted, at "Classical Music, By and For the Good Guys."
6.6.16 - Art into Life, on Our Severed Sleep
5.23.16 - Industry Dump, on Our Severed Sleep
8.16.16 - Disaster Amnesiac, on Our Severed Sleep
6.15.15 - Vital Sound, Wyche/Shippy/Billington Live at Elastic Arts
4.15.15 - Decoder Magazine, on The Last Flight of the Voidship Remainder
2.19.15 - Decoder Magazine, on The Last Flight of the Voidship Remainder
2.13.15 - “An exercise in anxiety from an all-star cast” - Impose Magazine, on Headless Horse Head's Spanish Antibiotics
2.12.15 - “Daniel Wyche (straight-up guitar wizard)” - AD Hoc FM, on Headless Horse Head's Spanish Antibiotics
1.21.15 Tabs Out, on The Fire in the Lacquer House
8.15.14 - AD Hoc FM, on The Last Flight of the Voidship Remainder
8.8.14 - Tiny Mix Tapes, on The Last Flight of the Voidship Remainder
4.2.14 - Ad Hoc, on The Fire in the Lacquer House
2.6.14 - Decoder, on The Fire in the Lacquer House
3.17.13 - Tabs Out Cassette Podcast, Episode #23 - 3.17.13, on A Judicious Observation of that Dreadful Portent