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Charles Hayward's peformance at Fat Out Fest will be the result of his Samarbeta music residency where he will be living at Islington Mill, collaborating with local musicians and having time away from everyday restraints to develop his own practice.


Legendary drummer and composer Charles Hayward is widely know as the founding member of This Heat, whose importance has had a lasting legacy on all things experimental on the independent scene. Since their split in 1982, drummer Charles Hayward has continually been at the forefront of experimental music, with stints in Crass, Bill Laswell's Massacre, his own Camberwell Now collective and a slew of art installation projects. The last few years have seen Hayward focusing on his solo work, which, upon listening, makes it abundantly clear that the innovation inherent in his formative years is still alive and well. A true pioneer in contemporary music, he combines a whirling dervish of mesmeric electronics, inventive percussion and otherworldly vocal collages in a sound that is still peerless and unclassifiable.

2010 saw the birth of Hayward’s slowly evolving music project Monkey Puzzle Trio. A collaboration with Pinski Zoo bassist Nick Doyne-Ditmas and the words, voice and texture of avant-garde vocalist Viv Corringham, together creating a distinctive sound world which is exhilarating and immersive and reflects the sensitivity and experience of all three musicians.


Hayward will be performing everyday over the Fat Out Fest weekend, each performance showing off his diversity as a musician.


Friday night’s headlining performance will be the end result of Hayward’s collaboration with local musicians. The set will be a completely new composition playing with the local artists whom he met and worked with during his residency.


VideoJam have also invited Hayward to perform on their stage on the Saturday of Fat Out Fest. Hayward will be given the challenge of scoring an original film and performing it live.


Hayward will lead one of the hours during Gizeh record’s continuous improvised jam “The Eternal Return Arkestra of Gizeh”, which with his experience performing improvised sets be assured this will be incredibly interesting and powerful performance.



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