KEN HYDER, drums, percussion, voice, has been playing and composing music for over 40 years. In that time he’s produced over thirty albums of original material.
He began playing jazz in his native Scotland before moving south to London where he studied under John Stevens himself a renowned workshop leader and innovator. Hyder formed Talisker and went on to make six albums with this pioneering and proto-type Celtic jazz group.
In the 1970s he began moving away from jazz and into collaborations with musicians from different musical backgrounds including Irish, South African and South American players.
Hyder's debut record - Dreaming of Glenisla recorded 1975 - sounds for all the world like an Albert Ayler album released post-New Grass. The twin sax/twin bass lineup of Hyder's quintet creates a droning, cantatorial spiritsound one can imagine as the sound of Ayler's dreams.
Doug Schulkind, WFMU
In a recent interview, Hyder remarked that shamanistic drumming has nothing to do with timekeeping; it is a means of accessing spiritual energy. Beyond all expectations, this recording actually touches that energy source - it is charged with visceral yet transcendent vibrations