Chimes is a work for music, dance, and film directed and composed by American jazz drummer and poet William Hooker. The interaction of the players reveals a schematic which allows the choreographic ideas of Hooker and the group.
William Hooker: drums, direction
Hans Tammen: electronics, guitar
Theodore Woodward: synth, visuals
On Ka'a Davis: acoustic guitar
Michael Battle: dance
A body of uninterrupted work beginning in the mid-seventies defines William Hooker as one of the most important composers and players in jazz. As bandleader, Hooker has fielded ensembles in an incredibly diverse array of configurations. Each collaboration has brought a serious investigation of his compositional agenda and the science of the modern drum kit. As a player, Hooker has long been known for the persuasive power of his relationship with his instrument. His work is frequently grounded in a narrative context. Whether set against a silent film or anchored by a poetic theme, Hooker brings dramatic tension and human warmth to avant-garde jazz. His ability to find fertile ground for moving music in a variety of settings that obliterate genre distinctions offers a much-needed statement of social optimism in the arts.