Evidence, a multi-media tribute to James Baldwin, by William Hooker
With EVIDENCE; the Baldwin Suite, William Hooker pays homage to the multifaceted James Baldwin during his year. Conceived by drummer William Hooker, Evidence is a stirring multimedia tribute to the ferociously daring novelist and social critic, James Baldwin. Featuring the talents of Mr. Hooker and his quintet of world-class improvisers and dancers (Tor Snyder, Jesse Henry, Matt Lavelle), rapper AKU STYX, and dancer-choreographer Juan Michael Porter (with Jinah Parker) this hour long work celebrates Baldwin's great works and adherence to his number one conviction: speaking truth to power, regardless of how painful. An informal conversation with the audience and performers will follow the performance.
Jazz by it's very nature is improvisational. Usually based on seeds of compositions and the musical skills and interactions of the musicians present. My performances are conceptual and orchestrated, interweaving different musical elements (compositions) with poetry, dance, rap and film. Bringing this philosophy to the new project will enhance the understanding of the subject.
'The Year of Baldwin' is especially important because many remain unaware of what Baldwin accomplished in 'bearing witness' to a particularly turbulent time in this country's history. This project is a needed step in the direction of educating many to Baldwin's philosophy and meaning (to society and art). Truly ahead of his time, much of what Baldwin spoke presaged today’s hyper politicized reality with an acuity that borders on the supernatural. EVIDENCE serves not only as a reminder of what Baldwin knew to be true but for what he saw as the path to transcendence: self acceptance. It has been suggested that this work should be presented in theaters in the Northeast as well as junior and high school students to get further visibility under the umbrella of the city of NY. An expanded version of this work will include a story-form using Abby London Crawford, who's husband was a friend of Mr. Baldwin. Her first person knowledge will enhance the authenticity of the project to make the narrative complete. Jazz by its very nature is improvisational. Usually based on seeds of compositions and the musical skills and interactions of the musicians present. My performances are conceptual and orchestrated, interweaving different musical elements (compositions) with poetry, dance, rap and film.
Commissioned by Harvestworks with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts
William Hooker's James Baldwin Suite
William Hooker is a potent force of nature. His Baldwin Suite performance touched me deeply and encouraged me to continue to develop in my own potential of artistic expression and to continue to create art that encourages social change and awareness.
With every beat of the drum Mr. Hooker’s passion and fire went right through me and ignited me to the core. I was deeply touched by the ability of the accompanying musicians to express these same energies and emotions through sound. The combination of listening to Baldwin's writing together with dance and movement infused me with frustration and anger. I was lead to tears by the intensity of the performance. I felt the social injustice that has been perpetrated against African Americans, homosexuals and women. I felt abused, exploited and most of all inspired to join this ongoing revolution.
William Hooker's ability to be private in public or naked in public is exceptional. He manages to touch every soul in the audience with his heartfelt playing, as he opens the door of empathy and transcends us into his world. It's almost as if we are inside of his drum.
Musician William Hooker presents a music and spoken word performance at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, titled “At-One-Ment,” featuring guitarist Dave Ross, trumpeter Eriq Robinson, and drummer and spoken word performer William Hooker. 2/19/2017
Link to Kennedy Center site
William Hooker – Aria: The Italy Project (self-released)
William Hooker Trio - Not a Police State / Arts for Art - January 13 2017
Dave Ross - guitar
Louie Belogenis - tenor & soprano saxophone
William Hooker - drums
THE WILLIAM HOOKER INTERVIEW
The William Hooker Duo featuring Damon Smith - entitled "Triangles of Force"
I am in AM/NY..
It's out today! Here's the link to the story online:AM/NY Article about Hell's Kitchen
"I think of Micheaux as the Black Pioneer of American film — not just because he was a black man, or because in his youth he pioneered the American West, or because he was the greatest figure in "race" movies and an unjustly ignored force in early American cinema. Micheaux is America's Black Pioneer in the way that Andr� Breton was Surrealism's Black Pope. His movies throw our history and movies into an alien and startling disarray." — J. Hoberman
*Please be on the look out for my Arts and Culture interview just done at WKCR at Columbia University with Sara..probing questions and rapport..I will accompanying the masterpiece "Within Our Gates" by Micheaux at Joe's Pub(@ Public Theater),NYC on March 6th - 7pm...Info and tickets 212.539.8778...Check it out williamhooker.com
Some videos from my Stone residency !!
Jazz news New NoBusiness Records Archive Series Release: William Hooker "Light. The Early Years 1975-1989"
Featuring David S. Ware, David Murray, Roy Campbell Jr., Mark Hennen, Jemeel Moondoc and others.
NoBusiness Records is pleased to announce a new archive release from it’s series of important musicians and group recordings from the 70s and 80s, which either were never released before or released on small private labels but long out of print and now newly remastered.
This release is dedicated to William Hooker’s early music and covers his most important works during the period from 1975 to 1989. Newly remastered material is now presented in a 4 CD boxed set.
Read full press release here..
Soon on NoBusiness Records
WILLIAM HOOKER -- 4CD BOX SET
"LIGHT. THE EARLY YEARS 1975-1989"
Two reissues of early vinyls on William's label Reality Unit Concepts - "... is Eternal Life" and "Brighter Lights".
Also two never released earlier released sessions from 1988 and 1989.
Featuring - David Murray / David S. Ware / Jemeel Moondoc / Roy Campbell Jr. / Booker T. William / Hasaan Dawkins / Mark Hennen / Lewis Barnes / Alan Braufman and others
To be released by the beginning of January
Keep tuned !!!!!!!!!
I am proud to announce that my website is now presenting portions of my archive...for your listening pleasure and historical significance...Just pull up the archive page on my site and ENJOY my work and the many great musicians this will present.
This is a link to an intimate gathering at Funkadelic studio that just occurred.
William Hooker & Daniel Carter - at Funkadelic Studios, NYC - June 6 2015
The concert at Piano Magic w/ Jon Irabagon,James Brandon Lewis,Mark Hennen and myself is now online...Check it out..
a video that was taken at Piano Magic