Jaki Liebezeit - Drummer & Founding Member Of Can has Died, Aged 78
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:12:26
Drummer and founding member of Can, Jaki Liebezeit, has died at the age of 78.
Liebezeit passed away in his sleep after succumbing to a sudden case of pneumonia. Fans were notified of his death via a statement posted on Can's official Facebook page.
Trained as a jazz drummer, Liebezeit got his break playing with freeform jazz groups with Manfred Schoof before teaming up with the other members of Can, who were trained classical musicians, who were like Liebezeit, and keen to break out of their old disciplines and explore the growing realms of rock, psychedelic, and electronic music.
Legend has it that it was Liebezeit who provided the backronym for the band's name, declaring it retroactively stood for "Communism, Anarchism, and Nihilism."
Known for his complex and precise drumming style that was as reliable as a metronome, it was Liebezeit's approach to his instrument that became a significant part of the iconic band's signature sound. Later, when the band experimented with disco tempos and evolved styles - his drumming remained consistent in approach.
Liebezeit was set to reunite with Schmidt and former Can member Malcolm Mooney, as well as Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, for The Can Project in celebration of the band's 50th anniversary this April.
He will be missed.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff