Charles Hayward (musician)
|Associated acts||Quiet Sun, Gong, This Heat, Camberwell Now, Crass, The Raincoats, Massacre, Hot Chip, About Group|
Charles Hayward (born 1951) is an English drummer and was a founding member of the experimental rock group This Heat. He also played with Mal Dean's Amazing Band, Radar Favourites, Dolphin Logic, and gigged and recorded with old schoolfriend and "Pooh and the Ostrich Feather" member Phil Manzanera in the group Quiet Sun project as well as a short stint with Gong. On one occasion he also played drums for the anarchist punk band Crass.
In 1976, Hayward and fellow Radar Favourites and Dolphin Logic member, Charles Bullen began practising with bassist Gareth Williams under the name This Heat. They began to experiment with tape loops, found sounds and keyboards on several sessions (recorded from 1976 to 1978, but not released until 1979). Finally, in 1979, This Heat released their self-titled debut album. 1981's Deceit marked the final new album from This Heat, Williams leaving just after its release. While Bullen began working as a studio engineer, Hayward did sessions for Lora Logic, The Raincoats and Everything but the Girl before forming Camberwell Now with bassist Trefor Goronwy and tape manipulator Stephen Rickard. The trio released several albums through the Swiss Recommended label. When Camberwell Now disbanded in 1987 Hayward embarked on a solo career which has continued to the present day. He debuted with Survive the Gesture (1987), Skew-whiff (1989) Switch on War (1991) and My Secret Alphabet (with Nick Doyne-Ditmas) in 1993. In 1998, he joined Massacre with Fred Frith and Bill Laswell. Between May and October 2001 Hayward drummed in Ted Milton's band Blurt.
Throughout the 90's up to the present he has initiated a large number of events and performances, including the series Accidents + Emergencies at the Albany Theatre in Deptford, Out of Body Orchestra, music made from the sound of the new LABAN dance centre being built which was choreographed for the official opening, music for a circus (part of the National Theatre's 'Art of Regeneration' initiative), the full-on installation/performance Anti-Clockwise (with Ashleigh Marsh and David Aylward) for multiple strobes, maze structure of diverse textures, 2 drummers, synthesizers and your nervous system. Recent developments include the CONTINUITY evenings as part of Camberwell Arts.
As well as his solo performance, Hayward's recent projects include:
- Shape Moreton with Rob Mills, Nick Doyne-Ditmas, Ashleigh Marsh and Chris Cornetto, Charles' first project since Camberwell Now which deals in group composition, songs alongside soundscapes and improvisations.
- Albert Newton with Harry Beckett, John Edwards and Pat Thomas has been playing since its first performance at Accidents and Emergencies in the mid-90's, essential players in the improv scene play a revolutionary extended quantum-funk that is a celebration of creative telepathy.
- Clear Frame with Lol Coxhill, Hugh Hopper and Orphy Robinson is soon to release its first CD (with special guest Robert Wyatt on cornet) on the new imprint Continuity....
- Monkey Puzzle Trio with Viv Corington (vocals/electronics) and Nick Doyne-Ditmas (double bass). An album "White World" due in September 2010 on the Slowfoot label.
Hayward currently lives with his wife and three children, Lewis (b. 1987), Merlin (b. 1992) and Riley (b. 1996).
- Survive the Gesture (1987)
- Skew Whiff – A Tribute to Mark Rothko (1990)
- Switch on War (1991)
- Keep the Dog: That House We Lived In (rec 1991, rel 2003)
- Charles Hayward, Nick Doyne-Ditmas: My Secret Alphabet (1993)
- Escape From Europe – Live in Japan vol1 (1996)
- Massacre: Funny Valentine (1998)
- Double Agent(s) – Live in Japan vol2 (1999)
- Near + Far – Live in Japan vol3 (1999)
- Charles Hayward, Michael Prime: Wash Rinse Spin / Osculation (2000)
- Massacre: Meltdown (2001)
- Abracadabra Locus Solus (2004)
- Massacre: Lonely Heart (2007)
- Hugh Hopper, Simon Picard, Steve Franklin, Charles Hayward: Numero d'Vol (2007)
- One Big Atom (2011)
- Mathilde 253 (Charles Hayward, Han-earl Park and Ian Smith) with Lol Coxhill: Mathilde 253" (2011)
- Trademark Ground (2012)
- Massacre: Love Me Tender (2013)
- Steve Ignorant interviewed by Punk 77 website, 2007 http://www.punk77.co.uk/anarcho_punk/steve_ignorant_interview_2007.htm
- "Obituary: Gareth Williams". The Guardian (London). 7 February 2002. Retrieved 2010-01-08.
- "Monkey Puzzle Trio + Snorkel + Red Square". Time Out. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
- Charles Hayward's official website
- Charles Hayward at MySpace
- Continuity -Camberwell Arts
- Charles Hayward interview at Perfect Sounds Forever.
- Charles Hayward interview at Freq.org.