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Peter Walker (Tompkins Square, Vanguard) & William Hooker Trio
Hemlock Tavern
San Francisco, CA
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Peter Walker (Tompkins Square, Vanguard) & William Hooker Trio
The 12th Annual Mission Creek Music Festival co-presents a special show by acoustic guitar legend PETER WALKER and avant jazz drum legend WILLIAM HOOKER TRIO.

"John Fahey remains the beacon of American Primitive Guitar, but Peter Walker's two out-of-print 1960s albums  Rainy Day Raga and Second Poem to Karmela or Gypsies Are Important (both Vanguard; 1966, 1969)  are benchmarks of exuberant raga-blues sure to destroy any open-tuned acolyte. The recent stream of reissues and compilations (e.g., Tompkins Square's Imaginational Anthem series and Numero Group's Guitar Soli) highlight the breadth and influence of this loose-knit musician's movement, while younger disciples like Jack Rose, James Blackshaw, and Ben Chasny reanimate the tradition." - SF Bay Guardian

WILLIAM HOOKER:  is an artistic whole, a vast circle of vision and execution. A body of uninterrupted work beginning in the mid-seventies defines him as one of the most important composers and players in jazz. As bandleader, Hooker has fielded ensembles in an incredibly diverse array of configurations. Each collaboration has brought a serious investigation of his compositional agenda and the science of the modern drum kit. As a player, Hooker has long been known for the persuasive power of his relationship with his instrument. His work is frequently grounded in a narrative context. Whether set against a silent film or anchored by a poetic theme, Hooker brings dramatic tension and human warmth to avant-garde jazz. His ability to find fertile ground for moving music in a variety of settings that obliterate genre distinctions offers a much-needed statement of social optimism in the arts. A disciplined, adaptive, and energetic approach to his medium insures that the oeuvre of William Hooker will continue to grow thicker and richer.

William Hooker has released over 40 critically acclaimed CDs. As a composer, he has received commissions from Meet the Composer, the NY State Council on the Arts, Real Art Ways ,Walker Arts Center and others, and has led many creative ensembles with musicians from diverse backgrounds, including DJ Olive, Lee Ranaldo, David Murray, David S. Ware, William Parker, DJ Spooky and Thurston Moore. Hooker often reads his poetry during performances as part of the musical  compositions.


Hemlock Tavern
1131 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
United States



Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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