The Mind of William Hooker


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"William Hooker's 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.
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." Thomas Stanley.

William Hooker (drummer,composer and poet) has created works that range from jazz and "new" music to experimental genres. He has released over 70 CDs as a leader. Mr. Hooker has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Edgefest Jazz Festival, The Vision Festival, The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, The Wadsworth Atheneum, Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Walker Art Center,the first on MTV, The Kitchen, Roulette, Real Art Ways. He has also presented his work at the JVC Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, CMJ Music Festival,Vilnius Jazz Festival, Experimenta Argentina,The Knitting Factory and the Victoriaville Music Festival.

William Hooker has received commissions and support from the New York State Council on the Arts,Meet the Composer,Tokio Marine Insurance Company, Colleges and Universities such as Oberlin, Fordham, Columbia,New York University, Boston University, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale and many more. Accompanying musicians have included Billy Bang,David Ware,William Parker,Thurston Moore, David Soldier,Roy Campbell,DJ Spooky,Steven Bernstein,Zeena Parkins,Lee Ranaldo,Jason Hwang,Sabir Mateen, Elliot Sharpe,David Murray,Ted Daniel,JD Parren and many more.

"William knows no genre bounds and ceaselessly searches for new forms of music, always with the intent to inspire."New York City Jazz Record.

 


Upcoming Gigs
Thursday, 05 September 2019 7:00 PM
Music fest
Austin, TX
The William Hooker Trio w/ Ava Mendoza(gtr), Damon Smith(bass), William Hooker(drms) will appear at music festival in Austin , TX. More...
Saturday, 07 September 2019 7:00 PM
The Metrograph Theater
NYC
Live music/ Silent film William Hooker(solo drums) will accompany the film "Body and Soul" featuring Paul Robeson. More...
Thursday, 26 September 2019 6:00 PM
Academy records
West 18th St., NYC
A rare treasure from the loft jazz years of the New York scene …… Is Eternal Life is nothing short of visionary. Filled with tension, intricacy and raw fury. While William Hooker’s output extends past 70 albums as leader, it all began with the double LP … Is Eternal Life. $30.00 2xlp vinyl ********************************************************** Now available from williamhooker.com and the superior viaduct label. More...

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