Poltroon is the no-holds-barred project of Ōtautahi musicians Reuben Derrick and Joseph McCallum.

Instrumentation includes drums, saxophone, clarinets and other resonating objects. Poltroon perform rituals of ecstatic improvised music that dances in your head, perhaps conjuring forgotten voices and exorcising latent demons.

These rhythms and melodies emerge at points towards and beyond the end of physical and musical endurance, when Poltroon unleash their full acoustic energy.

“Your sanity needs Poltroon” - Gerard Crewdson

Joseph McCallum

Joseph McCallum is a drummer who works extensively around the world with some of Aotearoa’s most innovative and well liked songwriters and composers. He is equally at home across genres from country to free jazz.

Reuben Derrick is a reed player and field recordist whose recent collaborations have taken him to Sri Lanka, Poland, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and around Aotearoa. In December he will be performing with a Sri Lankan ritual group together with the Australian Art Orchestra.

Reuben Derrick