William Hooker: TOUCH: Soul and Service

Sunday, March 15, 2020. 8:00 pm
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Doors 7:00pm 90 minutes minutes
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Touch: Soul and Service is a work directed and composed by William Hooker for music, poetry, dance, and film.

Following a sequence of four events which include original compositions for duet/trio and film accompaniment, this is the third part of a series of multi-disciplinary projects that William Hooker has presented at Roulette. Each “company” has been honored to present different personnel. The art of spoken word is performed, but it’s from a different location on the stage.

This performance marks the premiere of a new film created by Hooker and acclaimed filmmaker Phill Niblock, accompanied with a live score performed by Hooker (solo drums).


Charlie Burnham – violin
Sarah Manning – alto sax
Germaul Barnes – dancer
Mark Hennen – piano
Jimmy Lopez – percussion
Hans Tammen – synth
Phill Niblock – film
William Hooker – drums/direction


William Hooker is an American jazz drummer, poet and composer. At age 10, Hooker began playing the drums, but it wasn’t until six years later that he started to play and perform as a jazz musician. He is “recognized as an iconoclast, and one of the most innovative musicians and drummers of his generation, William knows no genre bounds and ceaselessly searches for new forms of music, always with the intent to inspire.”

Charles Burnham is an American violinist and composer. He has a unique highly imaginative style that
crosses genres, including bluegrass, delta punk, free jazz, blues, classical and chamber jazz. He often performs with a wah-wah pedal.

Phill Niblock is a composer, filmmaker, videographer, and director of Experimental Intermedia, a
foundation for avant-garde music based in New York with a parallel branch in Ghent, Belgium.

Germaul Barnes is a choreographer, director, master educator, scholar, and designer with a
multifaceted career spanning more than thirty years in contemporary dance.

Sarah Manning is a saxophonist and composer,is a musical storyteller. She has performed at concert halls and clubs across the United States.

Hans Tammen creates music that has been described as an alien world of bizarre textures and a
journey through the land of unending sonic operations. He produces rapid-fire juxtapositions of radically contrastive and fascinating sounds.

Jimmy Lopez is a Global-Groove fusionist & Ethno-hybrid drummer/percussionist based in NYC.

Mark Hennen is an American jazz pianist and keyboard wizard living and working in NYC.