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Brian Chase
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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Birthday: December 02
  • Country: United States
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Brian Chase is a drummer and composer living in Brooklyn, NY. Growing up on Long Island, he started taking private drum lessons when he was 5 which eventually led to earning a Bachelors of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. Though he works in a variety of contexts, Brian is best known as a member of the rock group Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a band that has toured extensively throughout the world and has been nominated for three Grammys.

Active on the New York experimental music scene, performance collaborations have included those with guitarist Alan Licht, clarinetist Jeremiah Cymerman, composer/performer David First, pianist/composer Anthony Coleman, violist/violinist Jessica Pavone, and John Colpitts's Man Forever, amongst many more. Much of his work on the NYC experimental scene revolves around John Zorn's club, The Stone. 

Brian has a solo project called Drums & Drones which is focused on the application of the just intonation tuning theory to drums and percussion.  The debut Drums & Drones was release on Pogus Productions in February of 2013 and includes a dvd with videos by Ursula Scherrer and Erik Zajaceskowski.  Other recorded works include those with saxophonist Seth Misterka, vocalist Karlie Bruce, Jeremiah Lockwood's Sway Machinery, Jon Catler's Fretless Brothers, Man Forever, and The Seconds. 

Key influential drum and percussion teachers are and have been Susie Ibarra, Greg Bandy, and Michael Rosen.  Away from the drums, Brian is a regular practitioner of Ashtanga yoga.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs are a rock band from New York City which started in the fall of 2000.  At the time when popular music was ready for rock 'n' roll, they quickly ascended to the public eye over the next few years, following the Strokes and the White Stripes. The reputation of their live shows gave them much notoriety, especially due to the presence and style of their front woman, Karen O, and their recorded works built a strong fan base and gained acclaim from critics. Their fourth full length album is to be released in the spring of 2013. YYYs have toured throughout the world and have had the privilege to share the stage with legends such as Bjork, Sonic Youth, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion to name a few. Feature articles have appeared in the New York Times, Spin, and Rolling Stone, amongst many more. Most importantly they have established a passionate fan base and continue to reach those that come to the shows and hear the music.  "They don't love you like I love," as it says...

Cymbal Set-Up:
15" New Beat HiHats
20" K Crash/Ride (above Hats)
22" K Custom Medium Ride
18" A Thin Crash (to the right of Ride)

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