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Robin Hayward

Robin Hayward, tuba
Robin Hayward by Brad Martin

'An extraordinary tuba player' - The New York Times

'...astounding... technical mastery and musicality' - Paris Transatlantic Magazine

'As always, Hayward’s control and phrasing are a pleasure to experience... this large beast (is) played with such facility and restraint as you normally get from the trumpeters in this field' - Bagatellen

The tuba player and composer Robin Hayward was born in Brighton, England in 1969. He studied classical music at the University of Manchester and tuba at the Royal Northern College of Music. After graduating in 1991 he was involved in the improvised and experimental music scenes in Manchester and London. In 1998 he moved to Berlin, where he played an active role in the shaping of the Echtzeitmusik scene. He has introduced revolutionary playing techniques to brass instruments, initially through the discovery of the 'noise-valve' in 1996, and later through the development of the first fully microtonal tuba in 2009. In 2012 he invented the Hayward Tuning Vine, partly out of a desire to visualize the harmonic space implicit within the microtonal tuba. His approach to the tuba has been documented in the solo releases Valve Division, States of Rushing, Nouveau Saxhorn Nouveau Basse and Rubble Master, along with numerous collaborative releases, such as with the microtonal tuba trio Microtub and the tuba and double bass duo Reidemeister Move. In 2005 he founded the ensemble Zinc & Copper to explore brass chamber music from an experimental music perspective.

Der Tubist und Komponist Robin Hayward wurde 1969 in Brighton/England geboren. Er studierte Musiktheorie und Komposition an der University of Manchester und Tuba am Royal Northern College of Music. Nach seinem erfolgreichen Abschluss im Jahr 1991 war er in den Improvisations- und experimentellen Musikszenen Manchesters und Londons aktiv. Seit 1998 lebt und arbeitet er in Berlin, wo er u.a. die Echtzeitmusikszene mitprägte. In seinem Schaffen hat Robin Hayward radikale Innovationen im Bereich der Spieltechniken von Blechblasinstrumenten eingeleitet, zuerst im Jahr 1996 durch die Entdeckung des „Geräusch-Ventils“ und später durch die Entwicklung der ersten völlig mikrotonalen Tuba im Jahr 2009. 2012 erfand er das Hayward Tuning Vine, welches u.a. aus dem Wunsch resultierte, den mit der mikrotonalen Tuba realisierbaren harmonischen Raum darzustellen. Sein besonderer musikalischer Ansatz wurde sowohl durch seine Solo-Aufnahmen Valve Division, States of Rushing, Nouveau Saxhorn Nouveau Basse und Rubble Master als auch durch Aufnahmen mehrerer Kooperationsprojekte dokumentiert, so etwa mit dem mikrotonalen Tubatrio Microtub und dem Tuba-Kontrabass-Duo Reidemeister Move. 2005 gründete er das Ensemble Zinc & Copper, um die Möglichkeiten von Blechblasinstrumenten aus der Perspektive der experimentellen Musik zu erforschen.

io casino/lucio capece

6 May 2004 - 21:30
io casino

io casino solo (barcelona): electronics, voice Lucio Capece: bass clarinet, soprano saxophone Robin Hayward: tuba Axel Dorner: trumpet

Frédéric Blondy, Robin Hayward, Manon Liu Winter

14 May 2009 - 21:00 präsentiert: biegungen im ausland

Mit Frédéric Blondy (Piano) - Solo
Robin Hayward: "Release", composition for tuba solo
Manon Liu Winter (Piano), Robin Hayward (Tuba) - Duo

Nine Lives: Volume 2

10 Jun 2009 - 21:00

NINE LIVES, Volume 2
two nights of spontaneous music & pre-determined combinations
in order of appearance:

Clare Cooper, guzheng / Alexander Babel, percussion / Andrea Neumann, Innen Klavier

Robin Hayward

Nine Lives: Volume 2

11 Jun 2009 - 21:00

NINE LIVES, Volume 2
two nights of spontaneous music & pre-determined combinations


"Soll-Ist-vergleich" (performance by Andrea Neumann & Diego Chamy)

Christof Kurzmann, G4 / Jean Luc Guion

The Understated Brown with Horns

7 May 2010 - 21:00

The Understated Brown with Horns

The Understated Brown
Tom Meadowcroft - Orgel, Altsaxophon
Boris Hauf - Synthesizer, Tenor- und Baritonsaxophon
Steve Heather - Schlagzeug, Vibraphon

bend/break 2010

24 Nov 2010 - 21:00
the pitch

bend/break 2010

Program on Wednesday,  24.11.10

Bogan Ghost:
Liz Allbee & Anthea Caddy
Robin Hayward Tuba Solo

Splitter Orchester @ Radialsystem V

27 Nov 2010 - 21:00
Radialsystem V
Splitter Orchester, Photo by Tania Kelley

Splitter Orchester at Radialsystem V

Split Seconds

a night of new composition, improvisation and the instant of invention

enjoy the full 24 piece orchestra

Morten Olsen + microtub + Hubweber/Wolfarth

15 Jan 2011 - 21:00
microtub: Robin Hayward, Martin Taxt, Kristoffer Lo

Morten J. Olsen: solo - percussion

Robin Hayward - tuba
Martin Taxt - tuba
Kristoffer Lo - tuba

Paul Hubweber - trombone
Christian Wolfarth - drums

Trio Hayward/Shirley/Borel + Laurain + Klug

15 Apr 2011 - 21:00
Trio Hayward/Shirley/Borel + Louis Laurain

Trio Hayward/Shirley/Borel
Robin Hayward - tuba
Derek Shirley - double bass
Pierre Borel - saxophone

Louis Laurain solo
Louis Laurain - trumpet

Bernd Klug solo

Duo Gauguet/Hayward + Lucio Capece solo

23 Jun 2012 - 21:00
23 Jun 2012 - 23:59

ausland is happy to host the first musical encounter of Bertrand Gauguet (fr) on the saxophones with Robin Hayward (de) on tuba.
In this tonal meeting the two musicians aim to explore the border between pitch and noise.

+ Lucio Capece solo: One melody, three spaces
Soprano saxophone, wireless speaker, tunebugs, cardboard boxes, PA, Spectrum, ring modulator.

Reidemeister Move + AnimalNacht

7 Jun 2014 - 20:30
Reidemeister Move

Reidemeister Move
Robin Hayward – microtonal tuba, Hayward Tuning Vine
Christopher Williams – double bass

Olaf Hochherz - Synthesizer
Ute Wassermann - Voice and Birdwhistles
Felicity Mangan - Fieldrecordings

ausland presents jl guionnet in berlin/ausland

10 Sep 2014 - 21:00
10 Sep 2014 - 23:59

ausland invites french musician/visual artist Jean-Luc Guionnet for one week of concerts, lectures, performances, exhibitions, and film screenings done by or otherwise curated by mr. guionnet in and around ausland


TONIGHT :: CONCERT/LECTURE in ausland, featuring


annette krebs : new solo for strings, metal, objects, microphones, voices and electronics

conference with robin hayward : "Embodied Harmony"

guionnet / thomas ankersmit duo


doors 20h30, start 21h

ausland presents jl guionnet in berlin/ausland

12 Sep 2014 - 21:00
12 Sep 2014 - 23:59

ausland invites french improviser, filmmaker, painter Jean-Luc Guionnet for one week of concerts, lectures, performances, exhibitions, and film screenings done by or otherwise curated by mr. guionnet in and around ausland.

:: CONCERT/SCREENINGS in ausland, featuring


film by franck gourdien : "what carried me away"

guionnet / robin hayward duo

film by dominic gagnon : "RIP in Pieces America"

Hayward Tuning Vine workshop

14 Jun 2015 - 11:00
14 Jun 2015 - 18:00
Roy Taylor (Rijksakademie Amsterdam)

Microtonal tuba player Robin Hayward joins ausland for a one-day introductory workshop on the recently developed Hayward Tuning Vine interface for Just Intonation.

bend/break 2016 day 2

19 Nov 2016 - 19:30

bend/break biegungen festival day 2

Roberto Duarte: Berliner Improvisation pre-premiere film screening // Tonaliens: Werner Durand, Robin Hayward, Hilary Jeffery; Amir ElSaffar // Varan: Els Vandeweyer, Antonio Borghini, Olga Nosova // Jasmine Guffond, Ilan Katin