Brian Chase

Brian Chase (Brooklyn, New York) is the drummer for Grammy-nominated rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs and NYC’s experimental music scene.

As an exceptionally versatile performer, music has taken him across the world to such notable stages as the Sydney Opera House, the Reading and Leeds Festivals, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as countless independent art spaces of music’s ‘underground’ communities.

In 2007, Brian began his Drums and Drones project which has its inspirational roots in a deepening yoga and meditation practice as well as an invigorated love of Torah study; musically, the project is influenced by the minimalism and technical concepts of La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s legendary Dream House installation.

Brian’s recorded works include several with Yeah Yeah Yeahs and many with leading improvisors and composers such as Zeena Parkins, Catherine Sikora and Jeremiah Cymerman. In 2018, Brian released Drums and Drones: Decade, a triple album with 144 page book (Chaikin Records) covering the first ten years of Drums and Drones, described in The Wire as “luscious laboratory experiments in listening to stretched skins, wooden vessels and metallic surfaces.” As an educator, Brian was a visiting professor at Bennington College and guest lecturer at So Percussion’s Summer Institute at Princeton University. Essays and writings have appeared in John Zorn’s Arcana series, Modern Drummer magazine, and culture blog Talkhouse. Performer and artist residencies have been held at Headlands Center for the Arts and The Stone. In 2018, Brian started his record label, Chaikin Records, which focuses primarily on the leading artists of the NYC avant-garde arts community.

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