OTHERLANDS: A Global Music Exploration
traveler / fiddler / teacher
Driessen has never taken the standard path in his music career. Described by Zac Brown as “a mad scientist with a five-string fiddle,” the GRAMMY-nominated fiddle player loves to experiment, collaborate, teach, travel, and push the boundaries of not only his instrument, but of what it means to be an independent working musician in the current climate.
Over the past 10 years, Driessen has released three solo records and toured as a one-man live looping show called The Singularity; collaborated with Darrell Scott, Tim O’Brien, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Steve Earle and others; produced and engineered records; teched, managed stages, tours, and merch; and travelled the world playing music in 19 countries on 4 continents and counting.
More recently, the unconventional gig that has kept him busy yet free to experiment was an appointment as Program Director of the Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration) master’s degree at Berklee College of Music’s international campus in Valencia, Spain. In this capacity, Casey taught courses, directed concerts, and managed an impressive team of faculty as they guided talented and diverse musicians from around the world to develop their musicianship and artistic identity.
During the summer of 2019, Casey released The Chop Notation Project. Created in partnership with Spanish violinist Oriol Saña and in consultation with other recognized “choppers,” this free resource is a written work which creates and establishes a standardized music notation to read and write percussive the bowed string technique known as chopping, bringing it up to speed with the current playing practice. The goal is that a system such as this will enable composers and players to share and communicate their musical ideas more easily across the globe.
In the fall of this year, Casey and his family departed Berklee’s Valencia campus for a new life adventure, embarking on a one-year excursion through eight countries before returning to the United States. These travels will mark the beginning of OTHERLANDS: A Global Music Exploration—a collaborative travel/cultural/music project documented through audio and video recordings and photography.