Experimental electronic duo Graham Haynes/Hardedge played at Le Poisson Rouge as part of the Undead Jazz Festival. Stream their entire set right here.
BEFORE YOU PRESS PLAY:
Hometown: New York City
The Facts: Graham Haynes is a composer and coronetist whose broad sonic palate refuses categorization. His recombinant muse incorporates everything from electronic music, hip-hop and drum ‘n bass to opera and world music. He formed Five Elements and the M-Base Collective in the early-80s with saxophonist Steve Coleman and started his own ensemble called No Image in the late-80s. He has collaborated with such contemporary artists as Cassandra Wilson, the Roots, Talvin Singh, and DJ Logic.
Hardedge (a.k.a. Velibor Pedevski) bills himself as a sound designer influenced by Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musician’s multi-directional approach to music.
The Sound: A heartbeat, drilling and/or crickets are just some of the random sounds you might hear during this duo’s highly abstract electronic music set. Haynes and Hardedge each manipulated a table full of electronic devices with Haynes at times played his heavily processed coronet.
Latest Release: 'Burned to the Water's Edge' (Hardedge label). The duo’s sixth CD together.
He Said, She Said: “[Graham Haynes] living this relatively low-tech existence is one of the most cutting-edge, gizmo-happy musicians on the scene. Haynes’ spartan domestic life and soft-spoken manner are a complete 180 from the dense, sometimes manic music created by the 47-year-old cornetist, composer and sound manipulator." - Jeff Tamarkin, Jazz Times
“We began at LPR with trumpeter Graham Haynes and a "sound designer" who goes by Hardedge, both sitting at a table of electronics and crafting improvised, Hassell-like dreamscapes accompanied by abstract computer animations; now and then, Haynes would pick up his cornet to add some echoed and delayed overtones." - Jason Gross, Village Voice
Undead Jazzfest Setlist:
“There is no set list, as there never is one. All our music is 100% improvised. Always.” - Hardedge