Chris Corsano: Questions/Answers

Man wearing blue clothes and a blue hat in the woods, holding a drumstick in his mouth and placing one on a cymbal.

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Chris Corsano is a drummer who has been working at the forefront of free improvisation, avant-rock, and noise music since the late 1990s. He is a rim batterer of choice for some of the greatest contemporary purveyors of "jazz" (Evan Parker, Paul Flaherty, Joe McPhee, Mette Rasmussen), "rock" (Björk, Sir Richard Bishop, Bill Orcutt, Jim O'Rourke), and avant-gardists beyond categorization (Ghédalia Tazartès, Jandek). Appearing on more than 150 albums and touring the world as part of a wide array of collaborations, he's also a formidable solo performer in his own right, generating new universes of sound that can be heard on his albums titled The Young Cricketer, Another Dull Dawn, and Cut. He has been called a "powerhouse drummer" by Rolling Stone, "a peripatetic ace of the avant-garde" by the New York Times, and "arguably the most riotously energetic and creative drummer in contemporary free jazz" by the Wire. In 2013, Spin listed him as one of the "100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music," and in 2017, he received the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award.