Brian Chase and Angus Tarnawsky are drummers and composers living in Brooklyn. They met at a bar a few years ago and found that they had similar interests in the integration of acoustic drums with electronic processing. Their tastes favor an organic and ‘live’ approach, and each enjoys exploring to discover new possibilities in sound and set-up. In their duo, they combine forces to form a MEGA-DRUMKIT: Brian plays drums and Angus plays his table of electronics featuring goodies like delay, reverb, and modular synth, amongst more. Once the beats from Brian’s kit goes into the electronics of Angus’s set-up then the entire sound is transformed coming to be it’s own entity. This in turn inspires Brian in his playing, which then goes back into Angus’s system, and the process continues, as new music is turned out in this method of continual unfolding. The acoustic properties of the drumkit are enhanced and modified, and function like a big orchestra in expanded range and color; beats layer on top of beats, textures atop textures, tones on tones. The energy is live, and rhythmic pulses morph into harmonic spheres looping into melodic purple shoms.
Brian Chase is a drummer and composer living in Brooklyn. His diverse range of work/play includes that with rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the community of the New York improvised music scene, and Drums & Drones, an electro-acoustic project focusing on the application of just intonation to drums and percussion; the debut Drums & Drones album was released in February of 2013 on the Pogus label and features videos by artists Ursula Scherrer and Erik Zajaceskowski. Album releases of 2014 include Dub Narcotic Session with pianist Thollem McDonas and we thought we could do anything with guitarist Alan Licht. In addition to the drums, Brian is a regular practitioner of Ashtanga yoga.
Angus Tarnawsky is an Australian drummer, sound artist and composer currently based in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2009, he was awarded the Dr. Phillip Law Award and Foote Trust Award from the University of Melbourne for his research into the development of the electro-acoustic drum-kit. In addition to leading and collaborating within a variety of performance based projects, he curates In Context Music, a record label exploring the notion of context in electronic and electro-acoustic music. His debut solo release Pitched will be released in 2014 via Inner Surface Music