BOOKING OFFER: WILLIAM HOOKER

Hi,

I'm booking some selected solo performances for William Hooker.
He's available between 20th and 28th February 2012.

Please read the biography that follows and also please click on those links.

http://www.myspace.com/williamhooker
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2JTr8Qo-_s

Black drummer William Hooker (1946), who moved to New York in 1974,
remained fundamentally faithful to the aesthetic of free-jazz (despite a
passion for exoteric/spiritual themes), starting with the double-LP Is
Eternal Life (may 1975 - Reality Unit Concepts, 1978), a set of
collaborations with other improvisers (including tenor saxophonists David
Murray and David Ware, notably the lengthy trio Soy with Murray and a
bassist) and with Brighter Lights (Reality Unit Concepts, 1982) in a trio
with flutist Alan Braufman and pianist Mark Hennen.
Drumming and poetry coexisted on the albums of his relatively traditional
period: Lifeline (august 1988 - Silkheart, 1989) for a quartet with piano
and alto plus tenor saxophonist Charles Compo and trombonist Masahiko
Kono; Colour Circle (february 1988 - Cadence, 1989) for a trio with
saxophonist Booker Williams and trumpeter Roy Campbell; Firmament Fury
(april 1989 - Silkheart, 1992), in a quintet with alto saxophonist Claude
Lawrence, tenor saxophonist Charles Compo, trombonist Masahiko Kono and
Borbetomagus' guitarist Donald Miller; and Subconscious (april 1991 -
Ecstatic Peace, 1992), that documented a live performance by a sextet.
Crossing Points was a duet with alto saxophonist Thomas Chapin (may 1992).
Rediscovered by Sonic Youth's guitarist Thruston Moore for the rock
audience, Hooker returned to a more abstract and loose kind of creative
improvisation in his prolific middle age: Shamballa (Kitting Factory,
1993), containing a duet with Moore (Sirius) and an electroacoustic duet
with guitarist Elliott Sharp (The Hat); Tibet (june 1994), containing two
lengthy suites with piano (Mark Hennen), saxophone (Compo) and guitar
(Donald Miller), the 40-minute The Coming One and the 24-minute Big
Mountain; Radiation (Homestead, 1994), by Hooker's band featuring with
Borbetomagus' guitarist Donald Miller, electronic musician Brian Doherty,
reed player Charles Compo, trombonist Masahiko Kono), notably Darkness
(november 1992) and The Spirits Return (april 1994); Joy (Silkheart,
1995), devoted to two live performances with violinist Billy Bang, notably
the 17-minute Sweating Brain (june 1994); the live Great Sunset (june
1996) with Mark Hennen (piano), Lewis Barnes(trumpet), Charles Compo
(tenor and baritone sax, flute); etc.
Armageddon (february 1995 - Homestead, 1995) marked a change in direction,
both because the improvisations turned towards a more sophisticated kind
of soundpainting and because the stylistic palette expanded dramatically,
ranging from a dadaistic duet with turntablist DJ Olive (Time) to a
prog-rock duet with a guitarist (Ghost Dance). While Hooker does not
renege on free-jazz (Spirit World, Purge), the 16-minute State Secrets for
drums and two guitars is rather chaotic.

Heat Of Light (august 1995) was an eight-movement solo-percussion work.

The experiment with turntablist DJ Olive was continued on Mindfulness
(august 1996), that featured DJ Olive as well as reed player Glenn
Spearman, and on Bouquet (april 1999), a cacophonous live jam with
turntablist Christian Marclay and Lee Ranaldo.

Envisioning (april 1994 - Knitting Factory, 1995) was a collaboration with
Sonic Youth's screeching guitarist Lee Ranaldo, highlighted by the
31-minute duet Matches. Zeena Parkins joined Ranaldo and Hooker on the
live Gift of Tongues (1995), mostly taken up by the 51-minute Stamina.

The Distance Between Us (august 1998) contains the 27-minute Sensor Suite
for saxophones (Charles Compo and Sabir Mateen), trumpet (Lewis Barnes),
piano (Hennen) and drums.

Hard Time (december 1995) was an electro-acoustic quintet with Miller,
electronic keyboardist Doug Walker, guitarist Jesse Henry and saxophonist
Richard Keene.

The live Complexity #2 (september 2000) contains the 41-minute Twelve
Windows for sea waves, drumming, electronic keyboards (Doug Walker) and
turntable (DJ Olive).

The live 49-minute improvisation of Monsoon (2002) with bassist Roger
Miller (of Mission of Burma fame) and guitarist Lee Ranaldo

Oasis of Whispers (september 2001) documents a live improvisation with
Ranaldo and Glen Hall on tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, piccolo, bass
flute, bass clarinet.

Black Mask (april 2000) collects duets with keyboardist Andrea Parkins,
violinist Jason Hwang and saxophonist Roy Nathanson.

Monsoon - Out Trios Volume One (may 2002) documented a live trio with
Roger Miller on bass and Lee Ranaldo on guitar.

The Gift (november 2004) documents a live performance with trumpeter Roy
Campbell and violinist Jason Hwang.

The Celestial Answer (Table of Elements, 2005) was another collaboration
with Ranaldo (also on electronics).

Hooker played in a trio with David Soldier (mandolin, banjo) and Sabir
Mateen (saxophone, flute and clarinet) on Yearn For Certainty (2010).

Earth’s Orbit documents two live sessions (march 2007 and july 2009) with
different line-ups.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Regards.

Alain

Some Noise asbl
C/O Alain Bolle
PO BOX 43
1050 Brussels 5
https://debloque.wordpress.com
info@somenoise.be
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