[August 7th] “Silver Fleece” by William Hooker

An Interview with William Hooker —

A suite for the “outdoors” – composed of six parts which features original composition and improvisation.

Sunday, August 7th, 2022 • 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm •
RUN TIME OF PERFORMANCE: An hour and ½ (approx)
Building 10a, Nolan Park, Governors Island

William Hooker: Chimes - Roulette

The Ensemble

William Hooker, drums/composer 

On Kaa Davis, guitar,  Hans Tammen, guitar, Jair Rohm Wells, bass,  David Soldier, violin, Kevin Ramsey, electronics.

BIOS

William Hooker – “William Hooker’s body of uninterrupted work beginning in the mid-seventies defines him as one of the most important composers and players in jazz. As bandleader, Hooker has fielded ensembles in an incredibly diverse array of configurations. Each collaboration has brought a serious investigation of his compositional agenda and the science of the modern drum kit”.

On Kaa Davis – A long time resident artist and activist of New York’s Lower East Side (LES), On has been a constant contributor to its edgy creative esthetic. On performs principally as a guitarist, exploring music through the worlds of classical guitar, creative improvisation, ‘jazzes’, and is interpretive of roots-cultural models and 21st century thoro-composed models.

Hans Tammen – Hans Tammen likes to set sounds in motion, and then sit back to watch the movements unfold. Using textures, timbre and dynamics as primary elements, his music is continuously shifting, with different layers floating into the foreground while others disappear.

Jair Rohm Wells – Jair-Rôhm Parker Wells (born October 13, 1958) is an American electric bassist. He is one of the founding members of the improvising band Machine Gun with Thomas Chapin and Robert Musso and the founder of the Meeting Interdisciplinary Arts Festival in Stockholm, Sweden. He lived in Stockholm, Sweden, from 1985 until 2010.

Dave Soldier – Composer Dave Soldier’s projects include the Thai Elephant Orchestra consisting of 14 elephants in northern Thailand, the cult Delta punk band the Kropotkins, The People’s Choice (The World’s Most Unwanted Music), the Soldier String Quartet, the Brainwave Music Project, and coaching children to compose their own music in Harlem, Brooklyn, and Guatemala. He has performed as violinist, guitarist, and composer/ arranger with Bo Diddley, John Cale, Kurt Vonnegut, and many others, appearing on over 100 CDs, including nearly 20 featuring his compositions for classical and jazz musicians.

Kevin Ramsey – Brooklyn born and based, Ramsay’s work focuses primarily on theoretical, practical aspects of sound recording/reproduction with unpredictable pairings of acoustic and electronic instruments.

Press Quotes:

“As bandleader, Hooker has fielded ensembles in an incredibly diverse array of configurations. Each collaboration has brought a serious investigation of his compositional agenda and the science of the modern drum kit.”

“His work is frequently grounded in a narrative context. Whether set against a silent film or anchored by a poetic theme, Hooker brings dramatic tension and human warmth to avant-garde jazz.”

“His ability to find fertile ground for moving music in a variety of settings that obliterate genre distinctions offers a much-needed statement of social optimism in the arts.” – Thomas Stanley.

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