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duo Robin Hayward-Annette Krebs
02/12/2006 - 20:30

The tuba player and composer Robin Hayward, born in Brighton, England in 1969, has been based in Berlin since 1998. He has redefined the tuba’s potential both in the areas of noise and microtonality, and his compositions for other instruments reflect a similar experimental, medium-specific approach. He has toured extensively both solo and in collaboration, and been featured in such festivals as Maerzmusik, Fri Resonans, Donaueschingen, TRANSIT festival, Ghent Festival of Flanders, Ostrava New Music Days, Sound Symposium, Kiele Tage fur Neue Musik and Wien Modern. Collaborations include such luminaries as Charles Curtis and Roberto Fabbriciani along with leading composers such as Christian Wolff, Alvin Lucier and Eliane Radigue. His approach to the tuba has been documented in the solo CDs Valve Division and States of Rushing, as well as various collaborative releases. In 2005 he founded the ensemble Zinc & Copper Works to explore brass chamber music from an experimental music perspective.


In 2009 Robin Hayward developed the first fully microtonal tuba together with the music instrument manufacturers B&S, and in 2011 published an extensive article on this new tuba in the Galpin Society Journal, tracing its history back to the original tuba patent of 1835. In 2012 he invented the Hayward Tuning Vine, initially as a visualisation of the harmonic space implicit within the microtonal tuba. He has lectured at such institutions as Stuttgart Musikhochschule, Sibelius, UDK Berlin, Dartmouth College and Wesleyan University, and is currently doing a doctorate on the acoustics of the recently developed microtonal tuba at the Technical University in Berlin.

Annette Krebs studied music and concert guitar in Frankfurt/ Main, and lives and works in Berlin as a freelanced musician- as improviser, composer and soundartist.She is exploring the aesthetics and tention between tone and noise, action and silence, and the possibilitys of a dramaturgic very free and abstract music.Since 2003, she is intensifying her research in mixing tones, noises, fieldrecordings and spoken language as musical materials. In her pieces, all used sound materials are composed in an equal, abstract way. Like in an acoustic collage, fragments of language are integrated as musical materials together with tonal and rhythmical abstract instrumental sounds, noises and silence.She was as well working in solo pieces and compositions, as collaborating with musicians and artists in musical and interdiziplinary projects, as with: Steffi Weismann, Robin Hayward, Andrea Neumann, Ana Maria Rodriguez, Rhodri Davies, Toshimaru Nakamura, Taku Unami, Taku Sugimoto, Sachiko M, and many others.She was participating in many concerts and festivals, among others: “Donaueschinger Musiktage”,Germany; “Vancouver New Music” and “Musique Actuelle”, Canada; “What is Music”, Australia; “Exposition of New Music”, Czech Republik; “Musique Action”, France; “LMC” ,London; “no idea festival”, Texas; “Dublin Electronic Arts Festival DEAF”, Dublin; “Nous Sons”, Barcelona, “Festival International de Música Contemporánea de Alicante”, Spain.She has released Cds on several labels, like: Charhizma(Vienna/Berlin), Fringes(Italy), Another Timbre( UK), Soseditions (NY), Grob (Cologne), CDR-X(self releases), Potlatch (Paris), „Improvised music from Japan“, a.o.Her music was presented and reviewed in different medias, a.o.: “Nutida Music” (Stockholm), “His Voice” (Czech Republik), “Positionen”(Germany), „The Wire“ (UK), „Deutschlandradio“, „Deutschlandfunk“, „WDR 3“ (Radio, Germany)

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