With an interest in the space between multiple strains of acoustic and electronic music alongside an attentiveness to composition, double bassist and composer Hayden Prosser performs with artists who are on the forefront of creative improvised music.
Hayden’s latest project Tether (Whirlwind Recordings) features original compositons for quartet with the debut release set for May 2017. Other projects include a duo with vocals and a collaborative electro-acousic project featuring two drummers. Born in England in 1990, he is currently based in Berlin.
Born in 1990 in the scenic county of Somerset, England, Hayden developed a passion for experimental music which continued during his time at Middlesex Univeristy in London, where he studied Jazz. He developed his style of double bass palying under guidance of, amongst others, musicians Stuart Hall, Chris Batchelor and Michael Janisch. After a time performing in bands of other musical style, including music of the Balkans and Moroccan music, Hayden returned to performing and composing in jazz and improvised settings, usually in small band arrangments. With an avid interested in many acoustic and electronic musics, Hayden often hears music without the more rigid confines that style nams would suggested, sighting musicians Craig Taborn, Drew Gress, Tim Berne, Ralph Alessi, Arnold Schoenberg, Boards of Canada, Autechre, Plaid amongst others as inspiration.
Due to the university’s openness to experimentation and lack of a house style, Hayden was given freedom to explore his own creative processes and the relationships between improvisaton and composition. Later, as part of this continuation of exploring double bass and composition, Hayden took up studing over duration with two esteemed New York musicians, Drew Gress and Chris Lightcap, with whom he shares an affinity of musical language.
During his studies with US bassist Michael Janisch, and on hearing Hayden’s compositions, Hayden was offered to record for Michael’s London based label Whirlwind Recordings. After a move to Berlin in 2015, Hayden formed a quartet and recorded his pieces with Elias Stemeseder (Jim Black trio), Philipp Gropper (Hyperactive Kid) and Max Santner (Philipp Harnisch Quartet) with the release set for May 2017.
Hayden has performed at many UK venues, including The Vortex and Royal College of Music, and during his time in London was often featured in the house band at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club. He has toured throughout the UK and Europe and has also been featued on UK’s Channel 4 (supporting Faithless). He has peformed with, amongst others, Elias Stemeseder, Philipp Gropper, Max Santner, Bernhard Meyer, Alam Nathoo, Duncan Eagles, Dave Hamblett, Binker Golding, Sam Leak, Shirley Tetteh, Andy Ball, Artie Zaitz.