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Keti Kartveli and Brian Chase


Keti Kartveli is a multidisciplinary visual artist, fashion designer and researcher of color theories, aesthetics and the psychosocial impact of art. With a background in classical music, dance and political science, her suitably diverse range of collaborators include sound and performance artists as well as computer and neuroscientists. Constantly exploring and experimenting with different techniques and mediums, her practices often merge a ‘dichotomized’ disciplines of arts, crafts and design with ethical approaches, sustainability and ecology - qualities always kept in mind. Currently residing in Brooklyn, New York, Keti was born and raised in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, a country with an ancient history and unique culture. Some of her most formative years were spent in Germany - Berlin and Munich - where she deepened her love for the Bauhaus movement and philosophy, “Art as Life.” Aside from practicing art and design in her daily life, she thinks the most important profession to practice is to be a kind, compassionate, caring Human Being towards all other living beings, to Mother Nature and our beautiful planet...

*Note: Keti is the one who designed the fabulous Chaikin Records logos!

Brian Chase is a drummer and composer living in Brooklyn. His diverse range of work includes that with Grammy nominated rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the community of the New York experimental music scene, and Drums and Drones, a project focusing on the application of harmonic tuning to drums and percussion. Performances have taken him across the world to such notable stages as the Sydney Opera House, Reading and Leeds Festivals, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Counted among these are innumerable DIY and independent art spaces of music’s “underground” communities. Recorded works include several with Yeah Yeah Yeahs and albums with leading improvisors such as Anthony Coleman, Zeena Parkins, and Jeremiah Cymerman. In 2018, Brian released Drums and Drones: Decade, a triple album with 144 page book, covering the first ten years of Drums and Drones. This album was the debut release on his own label, Chaikin Records, which was followed by a duo album with acclaimed saxophonist Catherine Sikora. As an educator, Brian has been a visiting professor at Bennington College and guest lecturer at So Percussion’s Summer Institute at Princeton University. Writings have appeared in John Zorn’s Arcana, Modern Drummer Magazine, and culture blog Talkhouse. Performer and artist residencies have been held at The Stone and Headlands Center for the Arts. Away from the drums, Brian is a regular practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga.

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