LOCATION: New York City, NY

GENRE: an American jazz drummer and composer

PUBLICIST: Chris Estey /  /  206 728 0457


RELEASE DATE: 11/8/19 






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

William Hooker has been recognized as one of the most innovative musicians and drummers of his generation, leading a variety of ensembles within the worlds of free jazz, experimental, and new music. Hooker's prior collaborators range from avant garde jazz musicians to indie rock legends like Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. On his latest work, “Symphonie of Flowers”, Hooker weaves three sections into a whole, or a “symphonie” of sorts. As he says, “the piece begins and ends with the drum…my instrument. Its rhythm and variations of timbre are the stabilizing element.”

Message from William Hooker:

"Symphonie of Flowers"

Words are inadequate when trying to explain the process of creating music.  But I can try.

What I have attempted to do with this record is to weave three sections into a whole.  A symphonie.  The piece begins and ends with the drum…my instrument.  Its rhythm and variations of timbre are the stabilizing element.

We begin with a meditative ritual which binds all the players to a point within where there is silence and goes into a unity.  We play within that.  The ensemble is created with sensitive piano and melody - making its entrance.

The third event is electric.  The synths and theremin improvise off of each other – with the two horns in conversation.  The drum is a force inside of it all…holding it together.  I saw this message from a percussive context as well.  I realize that these sections are related -- in time, space and context.

I am thankful that the artists who performed were sensitive to my directives.  The “symphonie (with flowers)” is a working model. 

These notes are an explanation that gives the listener  “ a leg up “  on my intentions and my goals.

                                      Drum to percussive drum.




"Drumming that incorporates elements from spiritual to the avant garde'’ -- Modern Drummer

"William Hooker is at the forefront of the Avante-Garde." -- All About Jazz

"a tireless, inspired and fluent drummer --Downbeat

“The real wonder of the set is Hooker, who manages to give long performances a consistent pulse and energy without ever setting a clearly discernible metre - The Wire

“Kingpin of the free jazz world, Hooker’s limits have been boundless” - Chris Sabbath, San Francisco Chronicle


Saturday, 28 September 2019 07:00 PM @ Bern Nix Fest St. Elizabeth Church, Elizabeth, NJ. William Hooker - Solo drums and reading - The Bern Nix Memorial festival .

Wednesday, 02 October 2019 07:00 PM @ IBeam Brooklyn, NY  William Hooker - TrioMOON - free jazz w/ Mara Rosenbloom(p) , Adam Lane(bs) and William Hooker(drms)

Thursday, 17 October 2019 07:00 PM @ Edgefest Kerrytown Music House,Ann Arbor,MO  7:00 PM | William Hooker – Remembrance at Edgefest . Ann Arbor , MI. Mara Rosenbloom, piano Adam Lane, bass William Hooker, drums

Friday, 18 October 2019 07:00 PM Edgefest Ann Arbor , MI  William Hooker in "Duo" with Mark Kirschenmann(trpt)..  William Hooker (drms,spoken work),Mark Kirschenmann(trpt).

Thursday, 24 October 2019 06:00 PM @ Academy records West 18th St., NYC Free William Hooker - Listening party..."Something Old/Something New". called "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."The new reissue.....2xlp vinyl. *The new recording "Symphonie Of Flowers" will premiere..It is coming out on the ORG label in 2x vinyl lp,CD and digital formats..Let's listen to excerpts of this recording!!