Alexander Hawkins is widely recognised as one of the UK’s most innovative and imaginative pianists and composers. Alexander is self-taught with a great love and deep knowledge of the jazz tradition which he brings, along with classical references, to his compositions and improvisations.
Along with his solo performances, he works in a vast array of creative contexts including leading and composing for his Quartet and Ensemble; in duo with South African drum legend Louis Moholo-Moholo and in Moholo’s Blokes; along with his duos with Evan Parker, John Surman, and Sofia Jernberg, and in projects with contemporary leaders- Joe McPhee, Anthony Braxton, Marshall Allen and Ethio-jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke.
“…Hawkins is a really vital link in a long historical chain, and his ability to sculpt his own language from a deeply rooted creative bedrock is compelling” Jazzwise
“Sounds like all the future jazz you might imagine without ever being able to conceive of the details. Hawkins improvises with the strength and conviction that come from combining an advanced technique with a teeming imagination”. The Guardian
"an early 21st century pioneer…a musician with frightening resources" Point of Departure