Conversations on Jazz

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at The Wheeler Centre

Conversation on the Underground

The panel for Conversation on the Underground includes one of Europe’s pioneers of improvised music, tenor sax player Peter Brötzmann, one of the world’s most uncommonly versatile and innovate drummers, Han Bennink, and New York downtown experimental drummer Brian Chase, best known as a member of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Panel: Joel Stern (artist/writer, Australia), Han Bennink (artist, Netherlands), Peter Brötzmann (artist, Germany), Brian Chase (artist, USA), Jon Dale (artist, Australia)

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Portrait of Peter Brotzmann

Peter Brotzmann

Peter Brötzmann has exemplified European improvised music for over 40 years and participated in countless historic collaborations with a who’s who of fellow seminal artists including Derek Bailey, Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry.

Jon Dale

Jon Dale writes about music and culture for Uncut, The Wire, Dusted, Signal To Noise, Australian Book Review, Resident Advisor, and Little White Earbuds.

Joel Stern

Well known as a catalytic figure in the Australian experimental music and film scenes (organiser of Audiopollen, OtherFilm, Glee Club), Joel Stern cut his chops in the concept-heavy nonsense atmosphere of early 00’s London, collaborating with many of the Japanese and English artists connected to the ‘reductionist’ and ‘onkyo’ movements.

Portrait of Han Bennink

Han Bennink

For almost five decades, Han Bennink has been recognised as one of the world’s most uniquely versatile and innovative drummers.

Brian Chase

Brian Chase is a drummer and composer living in Brooklyn, NY. He is probably 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.

Conversations on Jazz

For the first time, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival in association with The Wheeler Centre, presents Conversations, a series of panel discussion forums featuring leading musicians, journalists and industry chums who will explore topics relating to the social and creative space of jazz in the context of its rich history and ever-evolving development.

An audience Q&A session will follow each forum.

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