Robin Hayward

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Robin Hayward (1969, Brighton, England) is a British tuba player and composer.

Hayward studied tuba and composition at the Royal Northern College of Music and at the University of Manchester, England. His involvement in contemporary music started when he attended a course in 1989 with Giancarlo Schiaffini and Luigi Nono.

In 1993 he attended a workshop lead by Barry Guy, which led to him joining the London Jazz Composers' Orchestra, where he played alongside many key figures in English improvised music. In 1994 he toured England with Anthony Braxton and the Creative Jazz Orchestra. From 1994 to 1997 he was an active member of London’s improvised music scene, as part of a quartet with John Butcher, Marcio Mattos and Phil Durrant, and in duos with John Edwards and Steve Beresford. In 1997 he toured England with the Butch Morris Conduction London Skyscraper. In the same year he also formed the trio rar with Axel Dörner and Radu Malfatti.

Through composing the solo tuba piece Sink for the London Musicians’ Collective Fifth Annual Festival of Experimental Music in 1996, he discovered the technique of rotating the tuba's valves, altering their conventional role from one of altering pitch to one of producing noise. His first notated composition to utilize this technique was Vier Tuben Rauschen, written in 1997 for Melvyn Poore’s English Tuba Consort. It was also the first to specify the tubas be placed horizontally, with the bells facing towards the audience, that has since become his trademark playing position on the English Eb tuba.

Robin Hayward moved to Berlin in 1998, where, in such groups as Das Kreisen, with Burkhard Beins and Annette Krebs, and roananax, with Andrea Neumann, Axel Dörner and Annette Krebs, he played a key role in the development of a style of improvisation characterized by long silences, reduced dynamics and restrained use of noise that has since been labeled Berlin Reductionism. Following these initial projects came the septet Phosphor, with Burkhard Beins, Annette Krebs, Andrea Neumann, Ignaz Schick, Michael Renkel and Axel Dörner, to be joined a year later by Alessandro Bosetti.

In 2002 he joined the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin and was also active in Plainsound Orchestra, founded by Marc Sabat, which marked the beginning a further approach to the tuba. Robin Hayward is currently doing a doctorate on the acoustics of this microtonal tuba at Berliner Technische Universität.
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Robin Hayward - Axel Dörner / Robin Hayward album art Axel Dörner / Robin Hayward Axel Dörner / Robin Hayward - Axel Dörner / Robin Hayward (Album) absinthRecords Germany 2004 Sell This Version
CS 031 cd Robin Hayward - Amber album art Rhodri Davies, Robin Hayward, Julia Eckhardt, Lucio Capece Rhodri Davies, Robin Hayward, Julia Eckhardt, Lucio Capece - Amber(CD, Album) Creative Sources CS 031 cd Portugal 2005 Sell This Version
Fringes 19 Robin Hayward - Valve Division album art Robin Hayward Valve Division(CD, Album) Fringes Recordings Fringes 19 Italy 2005 Sell This Version
azd05 Robin Hayward - Kammerlärm album art Lucio Capece / Axel Dörner / Robin Hayward Lucio Capece / Axel Dörner / Robin Hayward - Kammerlärm(CD, Album) Azul Discográfica azd05 US 2007 Sell This Version
cdr-3 Robin Hayward - Sgraffito album art Robin Hayward & Annette Krebs Robin Hayward & Annette Krebs - Sgraffito(CDr, Album) Not On Label (Annette Krebs Self-released) cdr-3 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
Robin Hayward - States Of Rushing album art Robin Hayward States Of Rushing (Album) Choose Records Germany 2009 Sell This Version
hibari-15 Robin Hayward - Valved Strings Calculator album art Robin Hayward / Rhodri Davies / Taku Unami Robin Hayward / Rhodri Davies / Taku Unami - Valved Strings Calculator(CD) Hibari Music hibari-15 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
at30 Robin Hayward - Nella Basilica album art Roberto Fabbriciani, Robin Hayward Roberto Fabbriciani, Robin Hayward - Nella Basilica(CD, Album) Another Timbre at30 UK 2010 Sell This Version
SOFA536 Robin Hayward - Microtub album art Hayward* / Lo* / Taxt* : Microtub Hayward* / Lo* / Taxt* : Microtub - Microtub(CD, Album) Sofa SOFA536 Norway 2011 Sell This Version
[t11], #11 Robin Hayward - Tables And Stairs album art Ferran Fages, Robin Hayward, Nikos Veliotis Ferran Fages, Robin Hayward, Nikos Veliotis - Tables And Stairs(CD, Album, Ltd) Organized Music From Thessaloniki, Organized Music From Thessaloniki [t11], #11 Greece 2011 Sell This Version
21077-2 Robin Hayward - Nouveau Saxhorn Nouveau Basse (Elegy To A Failed Instrument) album art Robin Hayward Nouveau Saxhorn Nouveau Basse (Elegy To A Failed Instrument)(CD, Album) Pogus Productions 21077-2 US 2014 Sell This Version
IMPREC436 Robin Hayward - Stop Time album art Robin Hayward Stop Time(CD, Album) Important Records (2) IMPREC436 US 2016 Sell This Version
864.03 Robin Hayward - Words Of Paradise album art Robin Hayward Words Of Paradise(LP, Pic) Edition Telemark 864.03 Germany 2019 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

SAUNA 031CS Robin Hayward - Rubble Master album art Robin Hayward Rubble Master(Cass) Cassauna SAUNA 031CS US 2016 Sell This Version