KRAFT is a Baltimore-based improvising quartet formed by drummer Mike Kuhl in 2018. Joining Kuhl are longtime collaborators and some of the most stalwart improvisers on the scene today, Dave Ballou (trumpet), John Dierker (reeds), and Luke Stewart (bass). In the creative music community neither Ballou nor Stewart require an introduction – both are world-renowned as two of the finest improvisers on their respective instruments. While Mike Kuhl and John Dierker are locally revered by the Baltimore music community, a bit of background is warranted. John Dierker is the godfather of the Baltimore improvised music scene. Having started his career in the early 80s, he’s gained legendary status in underground improv circles internationally. Mike Kuhl is one of the finest jazz drummers on the East Coast, and has gained recognition touring with Beach House and Tom Tom Club, as well as in BeepHonk with Ballou, Anthony Pirog, and Adam Hopkins.

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The Red Room is a volunteer-run space in Baltimore dedicated to mind-expanding experimental culture, headquartered at Normals Books and Records.