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Tommy Carroll

Drummer, Composer, Beatmaker, Bandleader
2021 Make a Wave /  2022 Bodies of Work Fellow
Music

Tommy Carroll is a drummer, composer, and beatmaker who happens to be totally blind. He leads Calculated Discomfort, an eight-piece jazz dance collective that performs throughout the city. In his work, Tommy draws on dance music and improvisation to create a soundtrack for a more inclusive world. Described by the Chicago Reader as a “workhorse drummer,” he has toured nationally as a sideman for songwriters, rappers, and rock bands. Tommy assembles groups of musicians from different musical backgrounds to help the music reflect lived experience. His most recent album, Dances for Different Bodies, Vol. I, is his version of a sonic tribute to disability culture.

Featured Artworks

  •  Tommy playing drum set with other band members surrounding
  •  Tommy playing drums on a low lit performance stage
  •  Cover are for album, Dances for Difference Bodies, Volume 1

Tommy Carroll has crowd-funded a project with 3AP

  • Prosthetic on Vinyl

    • $3,575 raised of $3,500 goal
    • 0 Days 0:00:00 LEFT
      • 3Arts matched
      • 102% funded

    For a musician, nothing compares to putting an album out on vinyl. With this campaign, I’m raising funds to help me do just that with my latest recording called Prosthetic. In addition to being an immersive sonic experience, this …

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