Drums & Drones is a sound and light performative installation featuring drummer Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and video artist Ursula Scherrer.
Sonically, the aim of the project is to investigate the subtle acoustic properties of drum resonance. From these subtleties, expansive meditative soundscapes are created. Similarly, the visual component examines elements of found forms, whether in filmed objects or light itself. This sense of architectural abstraction functions to liberate natural aesthetic beauty from associative identity.
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/experimental music scene, and Drums & Drones, an electro-acoustic project focusing on the application of just intonation to drums and percussion. Performances have taken him across the world, and he appears on many recordings spanning a broad spectrum of styles. In addition to the drums, Brian is a regular practitioner of Ashtanga yoga. chasebrian.com and chaikinrecords.com
The poetic quality of Ursula Scherrer’s work reminds one of moving paintings, drawing the viewer into the images, leaving them with their own stories. She transforms spaces and landscapes into serene, abstract portraits of rhythm, color and light – inner landscapes in the outside world where the images and actions have less to do with what we see then with the feeling they leave behind. Scherrer is a Swiss artist living in New York. Her work and collaboration with composers, choreographers, stage directors, light artists and poets has been shown in festivals, galleries and museums internationally.