R. J. Miller

Drums and Percussion

Born in Machias, Maine in the year 1984, R.J. Miller began playing the drums at age 11. He developed an appetite for good music early on and attended a Jazz Camp in Farmington, Maine. Throughout his teenage years, he played with other budding musicians and studied with some of New York's finest musicians.

R.J. moved to New York City in the fall of 2002, where he studied Jazz at New School University for one year. Since leaving the New School, Miller has been traveling and living in New York. Long a fixture on the New York City and European jazz and experimental music scenes, the globe-trotting, Maine-bred drummer and composer can be heard in collaborations with musicians such as Bill McHenry, Robert Stillman, Eivind Opsvik, Rebecca Martin, Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson, Mike Kanan, John McNeil, Ben Monder, Chris Higgins, Matt Penman, Pete Rende, Larry Grenadier, Luke Temple, and more.

In 2014 he was invited to the SWR New Jazz Meeting with Melissa Aldana, Jakob Bro, Kirti Knuffke, Joe Martin, and Jacob Sacks In his debut album, launched in 2013, he fused jazz with minimalistic electronic ambiance music. He can also be heard in álbuns with Eivind Opsvik, Jorge Rossy, Albert Sanz, Kira Skov, Robert Stillman, Bill McHenry, and Luke Temple.