[Sept 3] “Silver Fleece” by William Hooker

An Interview with William Hooker —

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

Saturday September 3, 2022 • 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm •
RUN TIME OF PERFORMANCE: An hour and ½ (approx)
Building 10b, Nolan Park, Governors Island

William Hooker: Chimes - Roulette

The Ensemble

William Hooker, drums/composer 

Melanie Dyer and Sarah Bernstein (violins); Theo Woodward (electronics); Hans Tammen (guitar); Jochem Van Dijk (bass), Marcus Cummins (saxophone).

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”.

Melanie Dyer – Melanie performs and composes in creative, improvised and through-composed music spheres. She trained with William Lincer (Principal Violist, New York Philharmonic), Lee Yeingst (Principal Violist, Colorado Symphony Orchestra), John Jake Kella (NY Metropolitan Opera) and Naomi Fellows (Colorado Symphony Orchestra); and studied viola performance at the LaMont School of Music/University of Denver.

Sarah Bernstein – Sarah is a New York-based violinist/composer whose work blurs the lines between innovative jazz, new chamber music, experimental pop and noise music. Over the course of ten albums as a leader, and countless collaborations, she has garnered international acclaim for her multi-disciplinary performances and distinctive recordings.

Theo Woodward – Theo works as a freelance sound engineer, AV technician and video editor, as well as a digital artist creating music videos, album covers, and promotional videos for musicians and brands. Additionally, Theo releases his own music and animations. Over the years, Theo has toured multiple times around the east coast with Florry, an Indie rock band, and has had the opportunity to play at SXSW in 2019 with their label, Sister Polygon.

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.

Jochem Van Dijk – NYC-based composer and improvising bass guitarist Jochem van Dijk got his start in music by playing a homemade tea-chest bass with the highschool Dixieland band in his native town Apeldoorn, a suburban community in the east of The Netherlands. Jochem currently performs around New York, and is presently working on several recording projects.

Marcus Cummins – British saxophonist Marcus Cummins has been associated with the UK free and improvised music scene since the early 90’s. He has worked extensively as a solo artist, in duo’s and larger bands, but is perhaps best known internationally for his involvement in Trevor Watts’ ‘Celebration Band’. Cummins studied music formally at Leeds City College of Music and Dartington College of Arts.

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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