DADs is a collective consisting of guitarist Aaron Quinn and drummer Deric Dickens. Based in Brooklyn, New York, DADs works in improvisatory modes utilizing timbral cells to create new music for the ensemble. Equally using space and noise to create forms influenced by literature and the media arts.


Aaron Quinn (b. 1986 Stamford, CT) is an active guitarist and music educator residing in Brooklyn, New York. While attending the acclaimed School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, and the Conservatory of Capital University in Columbus, he honed his musical ability with persistent study of iconic figures ranging from Oliver Messiaen to Trent Reznor. At Capital University, his primary teacher was Stan Smith. As a performer, Aaron has given concerts internationally and collaborated with a wide range of performers and composers such as Wadada Leo Smith, Lee Konitz, Matt Wilson, and Jamie Branch and ensembles, some of which include Realicide, Fields and Planes, Liver Quiver, and Oliver Oak. Notable performance venues include the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institution. Aaron’s recent musical projects have been centered on the chamber music of Toru Takemitsu, Spectralism, Bud Powell, and Balinese ceremonial funeral music of the gamelan ensemble.

Deric Dickens (b. 1973 Moultrie, GA) is a Brooklyn-based percussionist and composer. After growing up in Southern Georgia, Deric worked as a band director, taught drum and bugle corps, and played as a principal timpanist with local orchestras and symphonies. But it was the ride cymbal; a friend had asked him to play at a session, which changed everything. Since, Dickens has toured and recorded with Robinella (Columbia Records) and JaLaLa (Janis Siegel Manhattan Transfer). Deric has performed numerous times and recorded with Donald Brown, Jerry Coker, Joe Fiedler, Daniel Carter, Michael Bates, Kirk Knuffke, and Jeff Lederer at various clubs and festivals including Birdland, 55 Bar, Bonnaroo, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Atlas Performing Arts, Blue Note, Beijing, Knoxville Jazz Festival, Litchfield Jazz Festival, GDS Jazz Festival, The Muroran Jazz Festival Japan, Smithsonian Institution, AMR Switzerland, Cafe Oto, London, Cully Jazz Festival Cully Switzerland. He currently leads his groups Speed Date, Rocket #9, The Dickens Campaign, and Left Bomb Bay and co leads Dix Out (avant trad. band), Team Players, Arabic for Beginners, and Zero Point with Marius Duboule- Guitar, Daniel Carter - Winds, Michael Bates - Bass.