Daniel Wyche

Multi-Channel Processed & Prepared Guitar

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Daniel Wyche is a guitarist, composer and improviser who has recently relocated to Northampton, MA, after spending 8 years in Chicago. 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.

3.7.17 The Museum of Contemporary Art ChicagoThe 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 Mattias 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.