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Conversation on the Underground


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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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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. Evan Parker and Han Bennink. Self-taught on clarinets and saxophones, Brö... Read more

Jon Dale
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. He is currently researching post-punk, Industrial music, and critical and art theory for his PhD. ... Read more

Joel Stern
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 t... Read more

Han Bennink

For almost five decades, Han Bennink has been recognised as one of the world’s most uniquely versatile and innovative drummers. One of the pioneers of European improvised music during the 1960s, he has built up a career long repertoire of collaborations with fellow statesman including Peter Brotzm... Read more

Brian Chase
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. Other recorded projects include a minimalist punk rock band called... Read more


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