William Hooker Project “Heart of the Sun”

William Hooker brings his full throttle, rolling thunder drumming to Roulette. Long associated with free – jazz and noise scenes , this composer/poet/instrumentalist presents his group – The Gift featuring Roy Campbell (trpt) and David Soldier (violin/gtr).  Also tonight is the internationally acclaimed Duology featuring Michael Marcus (sax) and Ted Daniel (trpt) and the high energy sax lines and compositions of the Michael Attias Trio: Michaël Attias (alto sax), John Hébert (bass), Satoshi Takeishi (drms).

William Hooker is an artistic whole, a vast circle of vision and execution. A 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. As a player, Hooker has long been known for the persuasive power of his relationship with his instrument. 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. A disciplined, adaptive, and energetic approach to his medium insures that the oeuvre of William Hooker will continue to grow thicker and richer.

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