GIOfest XIV - Alexander Hawkins 

The music of pianist Hawkins has been described as ‘a fundamental reassertion of composition within improvised music’, and his voice one of the ‘most vividly distinctive…in modern jazz’. Very highly regarded as both a player and a composer, his collaborations span the generations and diverse approaches of contemporary world jazz, taking in Marshall Allen and Evan Parker yet also Matana Roberts and Rob Mazurek, for example, and his recent recordings in his quartet with UK vocalist Elaine Mitchener are highly incendiary. His recent album Togetherness Music (Intakt Records, 2021) has been called ‘[a] masterpiece that can stand next to the best works of Mitchell, Braxton or Parker’.