Description: Saxophonist, USA

Known For: Coleman led his first recording session for Contemporary,

Something Else!!!!: The Music of Ornette Coleman.

Instruments: Saxophone, Trumpet, Violin

Music Styles: Jazz, Free funk

Location: United States of America

Date Born: 9th March 1930
Location Born: Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America

Web Site:  The Avalanches



The Avalanches are an Australian electronic music group known for their debut plunderphonics album Since I Left You (2000), as well as their live and recorded DJ sets. Their lineup currently consists of Robbie Chater on keyboards and Tony Di Blasi on keyboards, bass, and backing vocals.

The Avalanches’ only full-length album, Since I Left You, was a critical and commercial success, peaking in the top 10 on the UK Albums Chart in April 2001. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2001, the group received nine nominations and won four categories, including “Best New Artist – Album”. In October 2010, the album was listed at No. 10 in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums. It has also been named #1 Australian Album of all time in a Triple J industry poll, as well as the #10 album of the decade by Pitchfork Media. It is estimated that in the decade since its release the album has gone on to sell over a million copies.

Since the release of Since I Left You, the Avalanches have played several live DJ sets while also undergoing major lineup changes. A handful of artists have been confirmed to be collaborating on a second album, such as Ariel Pink.

Three of The Avalanches’ future members formed Alarm 115 in Melbourne in 1994 as a noise punk outfit inspired by Drive Like Jehu, The Fall, and Ultra Bidet. The line-up was Robbie Chater on keyboards, Tony Di Blasi on keyboards, bass and backing vocals, and Darren Seltmann on vocals.[4] By 1995, Manabu Etoh joined on drums, the group bought instruments, recording gear and numerous old vinyl records by the crate at second-hand shops. When Etoh was deported and Alarm 115 disbanded, these records became the core of a new project. Chater was a film student at RMIT and had access to a recording studio, which he and Seltmann used to turn the records into a 30-song demo tape labelled Pan Amateurs. In 1997 a new group of Chater, Diblasi, Seltmann, and Gordon McQuilten on keyboards was assembled to play the tracks live. Chater, Di Blasi and McQuilten had all been school mates in Maryborough.

Starting in July, their first four shows were played under different names: Swinging Monkey Cocks, Quentin’s Brittle Bones, and Whoops Downs Syndrome.The group became “The Avalanches” at their fifth gig, borrowing the new band name from an American surf rock band who recorded only one album, Ski Surfin’ with The Avalanches, in 1963.


Current members
Robbie Chater – keyboards, mixing, producer, choir, chorus, design, guitar (1997–present) (aka Bobby C, member of Bobbydazzler)
Tony Di Blasi – keyboards, bass, backing vocals (1997–present)

Former members

Listed alphabetically:

James De La Cruz – turntables, keyboards (2000–2002)
Manabu Etoh – drums (1997)
Dexter Fabay – turntables (1998–2003)
Gordon McQuilten – keyboards, percussion, piano (1997–2001)
Peter “Snakey” Whitford – percussion (2001-2002)
Darren Seltmann – keyboards, brass band, choir, chorus, design, guitar, mixing, producer (1997–2014)


Main article: The Avalanches discography
Since I Left You (2000)