William Hooker is a percussionist at the heart of New York City's storied avant-garde underground. Taken as a whole, his work reflects a lifelong commitment to advancing and evolving the historical continuum of jazz, while navigating a myriad of creative trajectories through new music. His discography spans more than 30 years, and boasts collaborations with David S. Ware, Andrea Parkins, Thurston Moore, Billy Bang, Lee Ranaldo, Roy Campbell Jr, David Murray, Elliott Sharp, Alan Licht, Nels Cline, William Parker, and many more. Each collaboration has been marked by a serious investigation of his compositional agenda, and the science of the modern drum kit. Hooker brings dramatic tension and human warmth to avant-garde jazz. Over the past three years, he has become progressively active throughout the Midwestern USA, while fostering an ongoing collaboration with Ohio-based multi-instrumentalist Edward Ricart.

Like Hooker, Ricart's work cuts a wide swath through a diverse range of the creative contemporary music underbelly, including the avant-rock power trio Hyrrokkin; free jazz/noise rock quartet Haitian Rail; free-rock duo Matta Gawa; and the Edward Ricart Quartet (alongside Herb Robertson, Jason Ajemian, and Andrew Barker), as well as collaborations with Marshall Allen, Merzbow, Peter Brotzmann, Paul Dunmall, Andrea Parkins, Rhys Chatham, Ches Smith, Travis Laplante, and members of the rock groups Black Flag, Fugazi, Bardo Pond, and Tortoise, among many others… As curator of New Atlantis Records, he has played an active role in nurturing a new community around the music, transcending the aesthetic constraints of experimental jazz, creative rock, and more…

In this most recent iteration of the William Hooker Trio, Hooker has enlisted bassist Luke Stewart, a rising voice in Washington DC's independent music community, and a frequent collaborator of trumpeters Jaimie Branch and Lewis 'Flip' Barnes, saxophonists James Brandon Lewis and Ras Moshe, electric guitarist Anthony Pirog, and many more. This unit is poised to offer new points of entry to Hooker's free-ranging aesthetic, marrying his bounding, propulsive rhythms and masterful technique to the angularity, energy, and electric backbone on supply from Stewart and Ricart.

The second set will feature a very special guest from Chicago's own thriving avant-jazz community… Not to be missed!

William Hooker: Drums
Edward Ricart; Guitar
Luke Stewart: Bass


Photo by: Peter Gannushkin


In the 90's Christopher Tignor immersed himself in minimalism, working as an assistant for LaMonte Young while learning sound engineering on the job at a New York contemporary music festival produced by Philip Glass. He went on to refine his skills mixing live sound for bands at two of New York's seminal clubs, CBGB's and Brownies.

More recently, Tignor has contributed his skills as violinist and string arranger both in the studio and on tour to This Will Destroy You, John Congleton's Nighty Nite, and Lymbyc Systym.

His sophomore solo album, Thunder Lay Down in the Heart features renowned Boston-based string orchestra A Far Cry performing the 20-minute title piece. The album's additional tracks feature Tignor's electronic reimaginings of the title piece, creating spellbinding textures derived directly from the ensemble's gut-wrenching virtuoso performance. The album explores the natural link between numerous musical disciplines including contemporary classical, rang- ing from John Adams to Aaron Copland to John Luther Adams, melodic rock, ambient drone music, and electronic experimental artists such as William Basin- ski. Rachel Grimes of Rachel's collaborated with Tignor to produce the record's final piece, "First, Impressions".


Alexander Turnquist is a guitarist/composer who uses his 12 string acoustic finger-style approach in creating very dramatic and emotionally engaging music. Turnquist started playing at a young age with an experimental approach from the onset, and has always held to the use of the acoustic guitar as the driving force and foundation in his compositions. In addition to his guitar playing he cleverly writes into his compositions accompaniment in the form of mallet percussion instruments, strings, and piano. Turnquist's first full length "Faint at the Loudest Hour" was released in 2007 on VHF records, his first fully realized album of solo pieces and analogue electronic experimentations. In 2009 he released "As the Twilight Crane Dreams in Color", which was a critical turning point from him just being a capable instrumentalist but a distinctive composer, signaling key changes and melodic developments with subtle accompaniment. Turnquist has toured extensively throughout the United States and in Europe. Now he is set to release his third full length solo album on VHF records entitled "Hallway of Mirrors" out on May 17, 2011. "Hallway of Mirrors" is a continuation of the territory he entered into on "As the Twilight Crane Dreams in Color", although on "Hallway of Mirrors" the compositions are driven with a very concise energy, heavily patterned and completely acoustic. Recorded in a large room with natural reverb, the album is an interplay of harmonic resonance and instrument sustain.


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