Bio - Jeff Hoyer

Studied music at the University of Wisconsin (USA), trombone with Glenn Dodson and Allen Chase; music composition, improvisation, and related topics with Bill Dixon, Milford Graves and James Lyons. On faculty of Bennington College (USA) as dance accompanist and instructor of Black Music, 1973-77.

Moved to New York City in 1977. Performed and recorded with varied musical groups including: Re:Vision, William Parker, Karen Borca, Gunter Hampelís Galaxie Dream Band, MOBI Big Band, New York Composers Orchestra lead by Wayne Horvitz, Jason Hwang Ensemble, Lester Bowie Orchestra, Bernadette Speach and Leroy Jenkins. Composed over eighty works for all types of contemporary music groups, dance, theatrical and video productions. Recipient of numerous New York City Meet the Composer Grants. Founder and Music Director of the MOBI New Music Ensemble. Recipient of a New York State Council for the Arts Project grant, 1987-88. Composed and recorded soundtracks for several dance and theater productions.

Resided in Berlin, Germany from 1993-95. Activities there included appearances at numerous European festivals and performance venues an collaborations with several prominent European musicians, as well as compositions and soundtracks for theater and dance.

Since returning to New York City in 1996, activities have included four recordings with the Collective 4tet available on Leo Records, European tours with the Collective 4tet, music for solo trombone/electronics, appearances with several ensembles at New York City festivals and venues; performances recordings with the Cecil Taylor Ensemble at the Knitting Factory, FMP Festival Berlin and Skopje Jazz Festival in Macedonia; performances with the Sound Vision Orchestra at the Knitting Factory and Vision Festival featuring the works of Jimmy Lyons, Alan Silva, Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor. Currently a member of Cecil Taylor’s Orchestra Humane and Musical Director of the Sound Vision Brass Ensemble.

Updated on Dec 08 ’04