Born: May 3, 1981 Primary Instrument: Piano
Born in Oxford in 1981, Alexander Hawkins is a pianist described as having a fierce technique and a wizard's touch. Indeed, a recent interview commented that he is just emerging as one of the most striking voices of his generation, both with unique things to say and unique ways of expressing them (David Grundy, Eartrip).
He leads his own Ensemble (featuring Orphy Robinson, album out on FMR) and co-leads the Convergence Quartet (featuring Taylor Ho Bynum, Harris Eisenstadt, and Dominic Lash), whose first album featured in two critics' Top Ten Albums of 2007 lists. Other projects include Barkingside (featuring Lash, Alex Ward, and Paul May), Nostromo (featuring Pete McPhail), and Ntshuks Bonga's Qwati (featuring Bonga, Claude Deppa, Oren Marshall, and Mark Sanders). He has also recently worked both in trio and quartet with Evan Parker (with John Edwards or Dominic Lash, and Tony Marsh or Louis Moholo-Moholo). As an organist, Hawkins plays in a trio with Steve Noble and John Edwards, as well as in the funk group Big Train's Haymaker. Other more ad hoc collaborations have included with musicians such as Tom Arthurs, Tony Bevan, Gail Brand, John Butcher, Lol Coxhill, Otto Fischer, Will Gaines, John Russell, Pat Thomas, Clark Tracey, Steve Waterman, Alan Wilkinson, and Steve Williamson, amongst many others. He has also played with the Pendulum big band, the London Improvisers Orchestra, and the Oxford Improvisers Orchestra.
He has played at venues including Symphony Hall, Birmingham; London's Vortex Jazz Club, 606, Koko, Spitz, 93 Feet East, and Cargo; West Road, Cambridge; the Jacqueline Du Pre Music Building, Oxford; St Sulpice, Paris; the Clothworkers' Centenary Hall, Leeds; and many others. He has been broadcast in various places, including on BBC Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music. Festival appearances have included the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Beach Break Live, and Freedom of the City.
The Convergence Quartet: Live in Oxford
The Convergence Quartet
Tracks: miscellaneous; Goad; Convergence; goodbye, sir; mm(pf).
Personnel: Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet, flugelhorn; Harris Eisenstadt: drums, percussion; Alexander Hawkins, piano; Dominic Lash, double bass
Tracks: Alopekis; Basenji; Carnauzer.
Personnel: Alex Ward: clarinet; Alexander Hawkins, piano; Dominic Lash, double bass; Paul May, drums, percussion ment.
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