“He has provided a blueprint for the increasing number of European musicians who have been incorporating elements of folk music into their jazz.”
The Guinness Who’s Who of Jazz
“Improvising drummers like Shannon Jackson, Ken Hyder and Tony Oxley get closer to Varese’s tight structure and keen sense of abruptness.”
Ben Watson, Honesty Is Explosive!
“He propels his players with a frenzied energy and passion that’s breathtaking.”
Fanfare, New York
“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
“It’s too cool for IDM (Intelligent Dance Music), too hot for trance, too formlessly simple for jazz and too formal and structured for improv. Maybe that’s why I enjoy it so much.”
Marc Medwin, Dusted Magazine (USA), on K-Space
“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. Simply awesome.”
Bill Tilland, BBC on K-Space
What you will find is a wide array of favourite things listed under different headings covering a lot of the things we love.Then to make it more interesting, friends from all over the place have contributed their own lists, some of them dealing with their special expertise – like guitar effects pedals…or potatoes…or Siberian vodka.
They are: Dave Webster, Piero La Rocca, Graeme Kemp, Mary Holyoake, Taras Ghurba, Andy Wilson, Eugene Kolbashev, John Cavanagh, Lu Edmonds, Tim Hodgkinson, Maggie Nicols and my granddaughter AilieRae.
Also on the Writing page – details of a BBC radio programme I presented on Gaelic Psalm singing.
It is a musical comment on Russian/Western relationships.
Here is a review of La Dolce Visa’s tracks in an Italian magazine. LDV is a trio of myself, guitarist Piero La Rocca from Sicily and American bassist Scipio.
You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org