1 Manners st, first floor
Wellington, New Zealand
Widely recognised as one of New Zealand's best free jazz drummers of his generation, Ant is a virtual encyclopedia when it comes to jazz. Anthony's talk this time is on 20 unknown musicians and the influence they have on jazz.
"Any music I'm in, nowadays, it's got to have energy. As a drummer, I think I'm peaking, so I'm really concerned, and looking at what music I'm playing, and Teeth's really important to me, cos it's a legitimate rock band."
He's spent the last 40 years honing his technique, and reckons his musical vocabulary is more extensive than most. He has been at the forefront of the improvised music scene in Wellington since forming Primitive Art Group in the early 80s. With The Six Volts, he held a long residency in a bar playing mainly covers with a sense of playfulness, alongside his brother David and Janet Roddick, who went on to form Plan 9. He's been in The Labcoats, alongside members of Trinity Roots and Fat Freddy's Drop. He's put together various incarnations of The Village Idiots, a carnivalesque collaboration containing turntables and trombones. He's appeared on over 40 different recordings, but he's never counted the bands he's been in - they could number in the hundreds.
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