Berklee College of Music - M.M.
Oberlin Conservatory - B.M.
Influenced in equal measure by BeBop Drumming, Contemporary Beatboxing, Drum and Bass Programming, Singer-Songwriting and Tap Dancing, Chase Kuesel (pronounced “key-sull”) is a drummer and composer whose first album, “Space Between,” is set to be released on Ears & Eyes Records in 2020. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Chase’s ensembles and musical affiliations have taken him across the world. In the past decade, he has performed in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Greece, Jordan, Netherlands, Switzerland, and across the United States. Through these travels he has performed at venues and festivals such as Bimhuis, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Laguna Beach Festival of Arts, the Tabuleiro Jazz Festival, and the Vienna Jazz Festival.
Still in his mid-20s, Chase has already received considerable recognition from prominent cultural institutions. In 2020, he was recognized by both the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards, for his song “Senescence," and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, for his song "Falling." Both compositions are featured on his Ears & Eyes release. In 2018, he was one of seven students selected from an international applicant pool to participate in Focusyear, an artist diploma program based in Basel, Switzerland. Through this program he performed with Ambrose Akinmusire, Billy Childs, Julian Lage, and Norma Winstone. In 2016, he was awarded the TD Canada Trust Fellowship in Jazz to study at the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. He has been in residence four times at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Boscawen, New Hampshire.
In addition to his own music, Chase is actively involved in many projects as a sideman. He has shared the stage with Noah Preminger, Jason Palmer, George Garzone, Billy Buss, Julian Shore, and other renowned musicians. In November 2019, he travelled to Switzerland to record with Alex Hamburger’s quartet, and will tour with the group on a release tour in Fall 2020. He is also one-fourth of the collective Echoes, an electronica-influenced band described as the “Sound of Jazz in the ‘Right Now,’” who released their second album, “Loading Screen,” in August 2019.
Chase holds a BA/BM from Oberlin College and Conservatory in English Literature & Jazz Performance, an MM from Berklee College of Music, and an Artist Diploma from the Musik-Akademie Basel. As a teacher, he has worked with students of all levels and abilities for over 10 years, and has had his virtual teaching featured in Drum! Magazine. In addition to his musical pursuits, he is an avid writer, and his essay about the relationship between music and digital culture was recently published in Music & Literature.