Greg Saunier is a musician, producer, and composer best known as the drummer of Deerhoof. Rolling Stone included Saunier alongside Brian Chippendale (Lightning Bolt) and Zach Hill as together composing “a generation of trailblazing 21st-century avant-rock percussionists”.Saunier graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1991. In 1995, Saunier moved to New York with two suitcases and has said that he does not own many possessions. As a drummer, he says, things he touches tend to break. Outside of Deerhoof, Saunier’s bands include Mystical Weapons (a duo with Sean Lennon) and a collaboration with Brian Chippendale, about which a documentary, Checking in at 20, was produced. He also formed Nervous Cop with drummer Zach Hill and harpist Joanna Newsom and bands with members of Erase Errata and Rainer Maria, composed the soundtrack to a film by Martha Colburn, and collaborated with Xiu Xiu.
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