Sunday 28 February 2016, 8pm
“sounds like all the future jazz you might imagine without ever being able to conceive of the details” – The Guardian
“emotions and melodies that’ll strike awe in the hearts of anyone dauntless enough to sit through this staggering album from beginning to end.” – The Quietus
Alexander Hawkins is a pianist, Hammond organist, and composer, described by recent reviews as a ‘young master’ and ‘one of the most unique voices in contemporary music’. His highly individual soundworld is forged through his love of free improvisation with a profound fascination with composition and structure; resulting, besides his leader projects, in his regular presence onstage and on recordings with established masters such as Louis Moholo-Moholo, Joe McPhee, John Surman, Evan Parker, and Mulatu Astatke, as well as peers from both sides of the Atlantic.
Alongside the leader’s piano, the Ensemble gathers together five of the UK’s most exciting and in-demand creative musicians, each of whom has synthesised a vast range of inspiration and influence, and whose collective credits include the likes of Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, Terence Blanchard, and Sons of Kemet.
Alexander Hawkins / piano, compositions, arrangements
Dylan Bates / violin
Neil Charles / double bass
Otto Fischer / electric guitar
Shabaka Hutchings / bass clarinet
Tom Skinner / drums, percussion
Alexander Hawkins is musician who is ‘unlike anything else in modern creative music’ (Ni Kantu) and whose recent work has reached a ‘dazzling new apex’ (Downbeat).
As a pianist, he has been described as ‘remarkable...possessing staggering technical ability and a fecund imagination as both player and composer.’ Concerning his organ playing, critic Brian Morton recently commented that ‘[t]he most interesting Hammond player of the last decade and more, [Hawkins] has already extended what can be done on the instrument.’
His writing has been said to represent ‘a fundamental reassertion of composition within improvised music’ (Point of Departure), and his voice one of the ‘most vividly distinctive...in modern jazz’ (The Jazzmann).
An in-demand collaborator as well as soloist, composer, and bandleader, Hawkins continues to be heard live and on record with vast array of contemporary leaders of all generations, including the likes of Evan Parker, John Surman, Joe McPhee, Mulatu Astatke, Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Marshall Allen, Han Bennink, Hamid Drake, Rob Mazurek, Taylor Ho Bynum, Harris Eisenstadt, Matana Roberts, and Shabaka Hutchings, amongst many others. He has also been noted for a number of years for his performances in the bands of legendary South African drummer, Louis Moholo-Moholo.
Concert appearances have taken him to major club, concert and festival stages worldwide.
“…Hawkins is a really vital link in a long historical chain, and his ability to sculpt his own language from a deeply rooted creative bedrock is compelling” - Jazzwise
“Sounds like all the future jazz you might imagine without ever being able to conceive of the details” - The Guardian