"Harris...[maintains] a firm pulse while jabbing his partners with sputtering lines that suggest he could keep time even as he and his kit tumbled down a flight of stairs." - Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
Bill Harris is a percussionist, composer, improviser, and audio engineer from Pittsburgh currently based in Chicago.
He also operate and produces for Amalgam, a Chicago-based collective.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bill Harris began playing drums at the age of seven, with weekly
lessons based on intensive snare and drum kit theories and techniques with a private instructor until the age
of 18. In 2010, Bill graduated with a degree in computer science with a focus on mathematics. While in undergrad,
he developed a personal method of autodidacticism for musical study which he still finds applicable today.
In 2011, Bill relocated to Chicago and found himself at home in the city's expansive and thriving jazz and improvised music communities, and has performed regularly in the midwest and northeast, with his music being featured at Constellation, Elastic Arts, The Bop Stop, The Hungry Brain, The Hideout, Experimental Sound Studios, The Spot Tavern, The Beat Kitchen, Sleeping Village, TriTriangle, The Empty Bottle, Myopic Books, Comfort Station, and The Whistler.
Bill has performed and/or recorded with Jim Baker, Dave Rempis, Kent Kessler, Eli Namay, Ishmael Ali, Brian Sandstrom, Ed Wilkerson, Anton Hatwich, Carol Genetti, Gerrit Hatcher, Jason Stein, Angel Bat Dawid, Tom Weeks, Matt Piet, Jeb Bishop, Peter Maunu, Phil Sudderberg, Jess McIntosh, Jake Wark, Matt Murphy, Julian Kirshner, Ben Lamar Gay, Aaron Smith, Emily Nott, Macie Stewart, Nathan Corder, Alex Clov, Josh Berman, Jeff Kimmel, Brandon Lopez, Jakob Heinemann, Nick Mazzarella, Keefe Jackson, Jason Roebke, Tim Stine, Sebastian Strinning, Jarod Bufe, Emily Beisel, and Mars Williams.
In 2015 Bill started Amalgam, a 100% artist-run collective and label dedicated to showcasing works of improvised and experimental music in Chicago. Bill is also an audio engineer working in both studio and live situations, and operates an independent studio at the Music Garage in Chicago. He has engineered, mixed, mastered, and produced a number of records that have been released on Amalgam, Astral Spirits, and other labels.