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Ches Smith

drums



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Born in San Diego, CA and raised in Sacramento, Ches Smith came up in a scene of punks and metal musicians who were listening to and experimenting with jazz and free improvisation. He studied philosophy at the University of Oregon before relocating to the San Francisco Bay area in 1995. After a few years of playing with obscure bands and intensive study with drummer / educator Peter Magadini, he enrolled in the graduate program at Mills College in Oakland at the suggestion of percussionist William Winant. There he studied percussion, improvisation, and composition with Winant, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Curran. One of Winant’s first “assignments” for Ches was to sub in his touring gig at the time, Mr. Bungle (here he met bassist / composer Trevor Dunn who would later hire him for the second incarnation of his Trio-Convulsant). During his time at Mills, Ches co-founded two bands: Theory of Ruin (with Fudgetunnel / Nailbomb frontman Alex Newport), and Good for Cows (w/ Nels Cline Singers’ Devin Hoff). He currently performs and records with Xiu Xiu, and Secret Chiefs 3. He has also performed with Ben Goldberg, Annie Gosfield, Wadada Leo Smith, John Tchicai, Fred Frith, and Trevor Dunn. In addition to Ceramic Dog, he also leads his two of his own projects, Congs for Brums and These Arches. He currently spends his time between Los Angeles, San Francisco and Brooklyn.


Firehouse 12 Performances

Ches Smith/Craig Taborn/Mat Maneri Friday, April 10, 2015, 10:00p
8:30p
Tim Berne's Snakeoil Friday, October 11, 2013, 10:00p
8:30p
Ches Smith and These Arches Friday, June 14, 2013, 10:00p
8:30p
Mary Halvorson Quintet Friday, May 18, 2012, 10:00p
8:30p
Darius Jones Quartet Friday, May 4, 2012, 10:00p
8:30p
Tim Berne Los Totopos Friday, December 3, 2010, 10:00p
8:30p
Ches Smith and These Arches Friday, November 19, 2010, 10:00p
8:30p
Mary Halvorson Quintet Friday, December 4, 2009, 10:00p
8:30p


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