Charles Hayward (musician)

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Charles Hayward
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Charles Hayward in Limerick, Ireland on 17 May 2007.
Background information
Born 1951
Genres Experimental rock
Occupation(s) Composer, musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1970–present
Associated acts Gong, This Heat, Camberwell Now, Crass, The Raincoats, Massacre, Hot Chip, About Group, Phil Manzanera

Charles Hayward (born 1951) is an English drummer and was a founding member of the experimental rock groups This Heat and Camberwell Now. He also played with Mal Dean's Amazing Band, Dolphin Logic, and gigged and recorded with Phil Manzanera in the group Quiet Sun project as well as a short stint with Gong. He was a session musician on The Raincoats' second album, Odyshape, and on one occasion played drums for the anarchist punk band Crass.[1] . Since the late 1980s he has concentrated on solo projects and collaborations, including Massacre with Bill Laswell and Fred Frith

Career[edit]

In 1976, Hayward and fellow 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 2 eps Meridian, Greenfingers and 1 album The Ghost Trade 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. 3 live albums recorded in Japan followed in the late 1990s (released on Japanese label Locus Solus). In 2003 Abracadabra Information was released and 2011 saw the release of ONE BIG ATOM In 1998, he joined Massacre with Fred Frith and Bill Laswell.

Throughout the 1990s 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,[2] 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. Over the past ten years Hayward has developed these attitudes and insights into a wide range of soundwork, both collaboratively and as a solo artist/performer. These include: 30 MINUTE SNARE DRUM ROLL, Zigzag+Swirl, a solo song set at the drums using a system of controlled chance electronics, beginanywhere a set of songs centred around the piano, collaborations with Laura Cannell, Thurston Moore, Keiji Haino amongst many others. Recent work with the Islington Mill crew in the project Anonymous Bash has led to new work with many younger players, including Harmergeddon, DATA QUACK and projects for an array of new record labels including Samarbeta, Care in the Community and Unknown Gods. He also releases material on his own label CONTINUITY..... His long term relationship with the Albany continues with a twice yearly series of performances, workshops and installation, sound is sound is sound which he curates on behalf of Lewisham Arthouse.

As well as his solo performance, Hayward's recent projects include:

Personal life[edit]

Hayward currently lives with his wife and three children, Lewis (b. 1987), Merlin (b. 1992) and Riley (b. 1996).

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Survive the Gesture (1987) Sub Rosa
  • Skew Whiff – A Tribute to Mark Rothko (1990) Sub Rosa
  • Switch on War (1991) Sub Rosa
  • Escape From Europe – Live in Japan vol 1 (1996) Locus Solus
  • Double Agent(s) – Live in Japan vol 2 (1999) Locus Solus
  • Near + Far – Live in Japan vol 3 (1999) Locus Solus
  • Abracadabra Information (2004) Locus Solus
  • Live At Tone Deaf 10-27-11 (2012) Otoacoustic, 12xFile, MP3, Album, 320
  • One Big Atom (2011) Continuity... Records
  • Trademark Ground (2012) Otoacoustic, limited edition single sided LP, 300 copies[5]
  • Anonymous Bash (2014) Samarbeta Residency, LP + DVD

12" singles[edit]

  • Charles Hayward: Wash Rinse Spin c/w Michael Prime: Osculation (2000) These Records
  • Smell Of Metal (2014) ΚΕΜΑΛ 2 x 12"

7" singles[edit]

  • Charles Hayward: Out Of Order c/w Beside (2000) Dot Dot Dot Music limited edition

DVD[edit]

  • Charles Hayward, Peter Bromley: Charles Hayward Recorded (2007) 1968 Film Group DVD-V PAL

Albums as collaborator[edit]

see also Quiet Sun, This Heat, Camberwell Now, etc...

Compilation albums as collaborator[edit]

  • Charles Hayward, Nick Doyne-Ditmas: "Where Is Chaos Now" 20m 56s, track on compilation Chaos In Expansion (1993) Sub Rosa
  • David Shea, Charles Hayward, Nûs: "the new world order, who decides ?" 8m 27s, "accidents & emergencies" 7m 12s, "no bones" 5m 02s, 3 tracks on compilation Sub Rosa Sessions Bari, October 1996 (1997) Sub Rosa

Compilation EPs as collaborator[edit]

  • Raf And O: Time Machine EP track "Time Machine" + 3 remixes include "Time Machine" (Merlin & Charles Hayward new yEAR Mix) (2014)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steve Ignorant interviewed by Punk 77 website, 2007 http://www.punk77.co.uk/anarcho_punk/steve_ignorant_interview_2007.htm
  2. ^ "Obituary: Gareth Williams". The Guardian. London. 7 February 2002. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Monkey Puzzle Trio + Snorkel + Red Square". Time Out. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  4. ^ http://www.myspace.com/monkeypuzzletrio
  5. ^ "Moment's Notice: Reviews of Recent Recordings". Point of Departure. June 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Nick Doyne-Ditmas interview for the Charles Hayward Recorded film (video clip 9m 28s)". Archived from the original on 21 September 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Astarita, Glenn (9 September 2007). "Hugh Hopper: Numero D'Vol (2007)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Music interview: Hot Chip". 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 

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