Wrekmeister Harmonies was founded by sound artist, composer and multi-instrumentalist, JR Robinson, who remains its only constant member. Centered in Chicago, the name was inspired by director Bela Tarr's 2000 film, Werkmeister Harmonies.
Robinson is a sound installationist known for his ambient works in spaces such as the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Pompidou Center in Paris, and The Art Center Berlin.
As Werkmeister Harmonies he enlisted the help of the Windy City's plethora of fine musicians including David Yow, Ken Vandermark, John McEntire,and Azita Youssefi to name a few, and crwated the music that became Recordings Made In Public Spaces Volume One. Issued on Atavistic in 2009, documented several of these shows in an audio and video disc package.
The music began to change as his musical partnerships grew. By the time Wrekmeister Harmonies' issued You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me, its 2013 Thrill Jockey debut, Robinson had enlisted players from experimental rock, free improv and black metal scenes to assist him in recording the lone, album length piece. After several acclaied public appearances with an ever evolving array of players, Wreckmesiter Harmonies returned to the studio in early 2014. Then It All Came Down, andother album length work, was released in October, with appearances by Ryley Walker, Sanford Parker, Chris Brokaw, Bruce Lamont, and members of Indian and Leviathan. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi