Charlie Collins is a creative percussionist, free polyrhythmic drummer, and sound artist, based in Sheffield, UK. His work continues to explore the boundaries between pure sound and rhythm, frequently incorporating metal percussion and free improvisation. In the 1970s he was involved in the nascent “Industrial” scene, being an early member of ClockDVA, and founder of The Box, recording for cult labels Industrial, Fetish and Doublevision.
He has received a number of awards for live performance and composition, worked in dance and theatre, taught improvisation at Nottingham Trent University, and toured the live soundtrack to Teinosuke Kinugasa’s silent 1920s masterpiece “A Page Of Madness”. More recently he has been a member of altoist Sonny Simmons Quartet, performed and recorded with komungo player Eun-Jung Kim, worked with Japanese experimentalist Ryoko Akama, has duos with New York trumpet legend Ted Daniel and pianist Yoko Miura, and collaborates with multi-media artist Bongsu Park.
He is one of a handful of musicians to have played both Derek Bailey’s Company Week and Top Of The Pops.