News


06/01/2021
Coming Soon -

The Black Lives Suite / Live from the Bowery Poetry Club , NYC. TBA.

The Lost Generation : Outside the Mainstream / the film....coming soon *

Big Moon - the new double record on ORGmusic....coming this summer.
03/22/2021

“Milford Graves has put a stamp on many souls , mine included.  He showed an inclusiveness and a joy in his approach to life that I will never forget – as a musician and a friend. My heartfelt thoughts go to his family and those in his immediate aura. I will never forget him.”

William Hooker.

02/28/2021
For Milford!

Delivered at the Metrograph when the film was initiated by Jake Meginsky...NYC.

My introduction to the fim...
"I have known Milford Graves(through music)for many,many years- and always respected and thought highly of his musicianship. But it wasn't until recently-through this fim- and through meeting with him did I understand the full measure of the man.
I am honored to introduce a film that I first viewed with astonishment.
I like film-but this one touched me in a profound way. The man we are about to see has grown on me.
I knew Milford Graves as a drummer for years and a bridge between my connection with the eternal spirits and sound. As a man who studied the heart-its rhythms and its relationships to the physical and etheric bodies.
I did not know him to be the fighter and interpreter of the body as a way for protection and THAT  dance...
Anyway, I knew him to be remarkable and one that has provided me with a branch of the tree (w/others of drumming) that told me that the drumset-howerver it is configured- is a living and breathing organism.
I can't overemphasize the importance of this ageless interpretation. It enables one to eliminate indecision,self-doubt,and jealousy of many kinds.
The beuty that Jake revealed to me in Full Mantis - and I am so thankful for this-is the revelation that all of this creativity and NOWNESS come with compassion.
Compassion for humanity-for the mystery of Breath-for the child...for this planet's NOMMO.
This is an award winning documentation-done with love, respect and joyful happiness.
Milford Graves is astonishing.
Jake is remarkable.
Full Mantis is a film I will never stop watching.
I am thankful to you both. Both as a friend and as a brother.
And
on a personal note
as a drummer....."

the Metrograph , NYC.

*KEEP IT HOT !!!!!!!WH.

03/26/2020
GIGS ARE CANCELLED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED..
01/02/2020

William Hooker: Symphonie Of Flowers

 

William Hooker has been recognized as one of the most innovative and dynamic musicians of his generation. Having lead a variety of ensembles within the world of free jazz, experimental, and new music, Hooker has had a long list of collaborators ranging from avant-garde jazz musicians to Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo.

We are thrilled to announce the release of his newest work, Symphonie Of Flowers, where Hooker weaves three sections into an entire piece, what he calls his “symphonie.” As he says, “the piece begins and ends with the drum… my instrument. Its rhythm and variations of timbre are the stabilizing element.”

Symphonie Of Flowers will be available everywhere beginning November 22nd on 2LP, CD, and digital formats. Pre-order from our online store to ensure you have a copy of this instant classic.

 

Pre-order here

 

Symphonie Of Flowers Track Listing:

A1 Chain Gangs
A2 Freedom Riders
B1 Rastafarian
B2 Mud Cloth
C1 Jazz
C2 Soul
D1 Hieroglyphics

11/26/2018
In The Trove   is now live and available...Check this out...It is a really cool article....and please share it with your friends.

There are three ways of access; choose whichever you prefer for your networks.

1. To go to the site and see your image fill the screen first, go to http://inthetrove.com

2. To go to the intro page: http://bit.ly/THETROVEWmHookerIntro

3. To go directly to the article: http://bit.ly/THETROVEWilliamHooker

Thanks...W.


10/21/2018

For Immediate Release


THE LOST GENERATION: OUTSIDE THE MAINSTREAM

 

During the first week of December the Podcast THE LOST GENERATION: OUTSIDE THE MAINSTREAM will be launched.  Hosted by exemplar free jazz drummer, composer, and poet William Hooker, each episode will be an in-depth interview with the various artists, producers, and supporters who have made significant contributions to the cultural landscape of the free jazz movement.

 

William Hooker, a musician at the forefront of this movement, will provide his listeners an opportunity to hear from a broad spectrum of participants who are the creators of this unique art form.

 

Each interview will engage a single individual in conversation with respect to how they came to this music, how they, along with their peers embraced free jazz, and dedicated their lives to creating outside the mainstream.  Principally focusing on the generation of musicians who came up in the 70s, the series will also pay homage to the progenitors of the free jazz movement, as well as explore the impact and challenges faced by today’s torch bearers.

 

 

The hope is that the listener will seek out this music that has made significant changes to the cultural landscape and will support its continual growth.

 

Each podcast will be available through YouTube:

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOmK2As1pXpp0qCUV-JZCgg

 

And, through William Hooker’s website: https://www.williamhooker.com/

 

Each month will bring two new podcasts beginning in December with multi-instrumentalist / composer / poet, On Ka’a Davis and free jazz activist / poet, Steve Dalachinsky.

 

Kicking off 2019 will be interviews with free jazz drummer, Marc Edwards and free jazz producer / dancer, Patricia Nicholson Parker.

 

Airing in subsequent months will be William Hooker’s interviews with such luminaries as: Ted Daniel, Hilliard Greene, Giovanni Russonello, Kevin Ramsey, Dick Griffin, Warren Smith, Craig Harris, Richard Keene, Mark Hennen, Andrew Lamb, William Parker, Barry Altschul, Steve Swell, and many more.

 

Included in each interview will be artist photographs by R.I. Sutherland- Cohen, as well as links to representative videos / musical passages of selected musicians.

 

For further information, please contact williamhooker98@gmail.com

 

Credits: William Hooker, Host; R.I. Sutherland-Cohen, Photographer / Recording;

Victoria Chan, Recording; Eriq Robertson, Editor; and John Lee, Technical Administrator.



William Hooker. 


05/04/2018
MAY 2018 | THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD

The vision of drummer William Hooker artfully extended beyond Roulette’s fourth wall (Apr. 5th), conjuring jazz’ socio-political foundation. With the multimedia piece “The Great Migration”, he traced the northward path of African Americans and, through pre-recorded interviews, the lives of elders Nannie Lampkin and Alton Brooks, both present in the audience. The stories were intertwined with powerful music, mostly live but also via early recordings of spirituals and a haunting chain-gang song. Hooker’s band of Ras Moshe (tenor saxophone), Eriq Robinson (electronics), Mara Rosenbloom (piano), William Parker (bass), David Soldier (violin, banjo) and Ava Mendoza (guitar) shook the house with searing improvisations, painting an aural manifesto of the Black experience. Moshe played with compelling passion, Mendoza’s features were gripping and Robinson’s electronics tore up the soundscape. The leader’s melodies guided the action, particularly a blues hook prominent in the bass, often varied fluidly by the others. The music, emotively directed by Hooker, recalled the rural south sans any trace of parody (Soldier’s fiddle was exceptional but his banjo needed stronger amplification) while other sections were ethereal and expansive. Dancer Goussy Celestin’s majestic segments flanked the production and she, Jeremy Grosvenor and Hooker also acted as narrators. So vital is this epic work, right now, that a lack of future productions would be criminal. —John Pietar
04/03/2018
The interview with Joyce Jones on "Suga in my Bowl" (WBAI-FM) is now on the website for your listening pleasure - visit us !


williamhooker.com
11/28/2017
Rhizome , DC
William Hooker - For the dreamers(live at Rhizome) - 9/10/17

11/07/2017
The William Hooker Duo featuring Michael Malis
Edgefest Music Festival - Ann Arbor, MI , October, 2017 
Review from
All About Jazz

"the indomitable William Hooker for a jaw-dropping display of improvisational power. Hooker seemed to invite the audience into the performance by walking down the aisle and shaking hands with those he could reach while on his way to the stage, in a sign that something extraordinary was about to happen. Then, using a John Lomax field recording of an Alabama prison work song as a catalyst, he and Malis launched into a number of freewheeling improvisations that harnessed the emotional power of the recording while simultaneously redirecting it. Shouting "Let's Not Forget!" repeatedly at the outset, it was clear that Hooker had weighty matters on his mind—and he played like it, with periodic outbursts and exclamations to spur Malis and himself to greater heights. With a fusillade of intensity, Hooker seemed at times to push his kit to the limits, with Malis matching his vigor with each strike of the toms. Malis has a strong classical sensibility behind much of his playing, but his more untethered statements revealed a barely-controlled fury; combined with Hooker's impassioned and relentless attacks, the result was one of the festival's most riveting and overpowering performances."


10/06/2017
The Brain Wave Project is now out on Mulatta Records.....2017
06/12/2017
The William Hooker Trio performing "At-One-Ment" at The Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage (Washington, DC) featuring Dave Ross and Eriq Robinson.
http://www.kennedy-center.org
05/29/2017
Video -
https://vimeo.com/92055502
the brain wave project (live) w/dave soldier
04/04/2017
Check it out
https://www.allaboutjazz.com/il-meglio-del-2016-secondo-by-giuseppe-segala.php#.WOO2BNYXA6w.email

William Hooker - "LIGHT" is one of the best of 2016 - coming from an Italian jazz lover....and All About Jazz .
03/11/2017
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.

Artistic Statement:

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

Testimonials:
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
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Videos:
02/28/2017
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. 
02/24/2017

William Hooker – Aria: The Italy Project 

"Drummer William Hooker is a human avalanche of a player who’s been around since the New York loft jazz scene of the early 1970s, and who’s collaborated with figures from across the musical spectrum. David S. Ware and David Murray were guests on his early albums, and in the 1990s he recorded and performed (separately) with Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. His latest album is an ambitious project that features Welf Dorr, Richard Keene, and Louie Belogenis on reeds, Mark Hennen on piano, On Davis on guitar, and David Soldier (of the Soldier String Quartet) on violin and guitar. The music combines segments of wild, theatrical improvisation with compositions that draw upon Italian folk music (Hooker’s wife is Italian) but take it into unexpected and wholly new realms. In addition to drumming, Hooker declaims poetry. This isn’t jazz, exactly; it’s an entirely unique blend of art song, modern composition, and improvised awesomeness."Burning Ambulance

Stream “Impro II”:

01/16/2017





Dave Ross - guitar
Louie Belogenis - tenor & soprano saxophone
William Hooker - drums
12/02/2016
Hi!

I’m pleased to announce the release of “Aria (The Italian Project)” on the Mulatta label.  
A studio recording juxtaposing free improvisations with my interpretations of Italian folk music.

Personnel for this work - Mark Hennen, Welf Dorr, On Davis, Louie Belogenis, Richard Keene, David Soldier, William Hooker

Recorded in NYC at NYU studios (2016) . 


10/30/2016

THE WILLIAM HOOKER INTERVIEW

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William Hooker [Download

07/20/2016
Hi!

Thanks to WKCR for supporting my work on the radio

Here is the info for an interview in the past....the latest one will be posted soon.

07/20/2016
The William Hooker Duo featuring Damon Smith  -  entitled  "Triangles of Force"

on Balance Point Acoustics is out now.

This was a duo that happened in Oakland...with an Oscar Micheaux film Symbol of the Unconquered..

Check it out!!
05/05/2016
I am in AM/NY..

Enjoy

It's out today! Here's the link to the story online:AM/NY Article about Hell's Kitchen
02/26/2016

"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 Andre 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

02/23/2016
Some videos from my Stone residency  !!



thanks to Don Mount......................and the wonderful artists .


01/17/2016
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..

11/09/2015
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.

"Work

is love

made visible"
07/16/2015
This is a video of an intimate gathering at Funkadelic studio that just occurred.

Enjoy!!!

07/16/2015


04/24/2015
The concert of the William Hooker Quartet at Piano Magic, NYC w/ Jon Irabagon,James Brandon Lewis,Mark Hennen and myself is online....


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