Alexander Hawkins –Two-Day Residency at Dom Cultural Center

Dom Cultural Centre, Bolshoy Ovchinnikovskiy pereulok, 24 bld. 4, Moscow, Russian Federation

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 20:00 to Friday, February 28, 2020 - 20:00

As part of the Year of Music programme join us for a two-day experimental jazz and free improvisation concert series at Dom Cultural Centre in Moscow featuring British musicians Alexander Hawkins, Evan Parker, Trio Decoy, John Edwards and Steve Noble.


Thursday, February 27

  • 1st set – Alexander Hawkins piano solo
  • 2nd set – Alexander Hawkins piano / Evan Parker reeds

Friday, February 28

  • Trio Decoy: Alexander Hawkins: Hammond B3 / John Edwards: double  bass  / Steve Noble: drums



Alexander Hawkins is a London based composer, pianist, organist, and bandleader who is ‘unlike anything else in modern creative music’ (Ni Kantu). (Downbeat). A largely self-taught improviser, he works in a vast array of creative contexts with his recent work reaching a ‘dazzling new apex’. His own highly distinctive soundworld is forged through the search to reconcile both his love of free improvisation and profound fascination with composition and structure. 

An in-demand sideman, Hawkins continues to be heard live and on record with a vast array of contemporary leaders of all generations, including the likes of Evan Parker, John Surman, Joe McPhee, Mulatu Astatke, Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Marshall Allen, Han Bennink, Hamid Drake, and Louis Moholo, amongst many others.


Evan Parker is a British jazz saxophonist who transformed the language and techniques of the instrument in the late 1960s and has since become one of the world’s most admired and influential improvisers. He is widely acknowledged as "one of the music's greatest living instrumentalists" (The Times) and as "one of the world's finest ensemble improvisers" (Chicago Reader). Parker has been rewriting the book on the sounds that can be made with a saxophone for almost half a century, developing a remarkable post-Coltrane technique that has allowed him to play counterpoint on what was designed as a single-line instrument, generate electronics-like textures acoustically, and build a personal soundscape that avoids conventional tunes but has its own arresting lyricism. A major force in European improvising, Parker has collaborated with American innovators, amongst them Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, George Lewis and Wadada Leo Smith.


Trio Decoy is a UK based improvisation group made up of Alexander Hawkins (Hammond B3 organ), John Edwards (double bass) and Steve Noble (drums and percussion). Concerning Hawkins’ organ playing, critic Brian Morton recently commented that ‘[t]he most interesting Hammond player of the last decade and more, [Hawkins] has already extended what can be done on the instrument.’ 


John Edwards is a true virtuoso whose staggering range of techniques and boundless musical imagination have redefined the possibility of the double bass and dramatically expanded its role, whether playing solo or with others. Perpetually in demand, his status as one of creative music’s finest bassists has seen him working with a vast range of musicians, including the likes of Evan Parker, Roscoe Mitchell, Sunny Murray, Derek Bailey, John Wall, Joe McPhee, and Lol Coxhill.


Steve Noble is one of London’s leading drummers, a fearless and constantly inventive improviser whose super-precise, ultra-propulsive and hyper-detailed playing has galvanized encounters with Derek Bailey, Matthew Shipp, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Stephen O’Malley, Joe McPhee, Alex Ward, Rhodri Davies and many, many more. ‘An engaging mix of jazz time, free–rock and abstract improv, Noble is one of the country’s most creative drummers’ (the Guardian).


Alexander Hawkins (United Kingdom), Evan Parker (United Kingdom), Trio Decoy (United Kingdom), John Edwards (United Kingdom), Steve Noble (United Kingdom)
Russian Federation
Dom Cultural Centre, Bolshoy Ovchinnikovskiy pereulok, 24 bld. 4, Moscow, MOW, Moscow
Part of: 
01 March 2019 to 31 March 2020

UK-Russia Year of Music 2019