Official Selection: Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival 2007
Official Selection: Marseille Festival of Documentary Film 2008
Official Selection: Deptford X Arts Festival 2008
Charles Hayward Recorded Now Available Online.
Charles Hayward has performed and recorded innovative work for over thirty years and remains an icon of modern music. Beyond his awe-inspiring ability as a drummer lies broader artistic expression which combines a fascination with songwriting, sonic composition akin to painting and the 'synesthesia' of sound and image.
Hayward has always been artistically ambitious. In the late 70's his trio This Heat hit the 'New Wave' with a genuine alternative. He recalls long and intense discussion between group members at rehearsals, mental 'limbering up' that was embodied in the challenging aesthetic and political sensibility of their recordings and performance. This Heat was at the avant-garde of the punk explosion and their cerebral and visceral impact still sound unique and unforgettable.
Hayward continues to mesmerise audiences to this day. Working as a solo artist, his speed, dexterity, timing and sheer athleticism with a drum kit overflows into the poetry of his performance and song. When he collaborates his playing becomes an equal constituent in a collective exploration of musical expression and communication. It began with free-jazz but continues to evolve. It’s little surprise that John Coltrane is a major influence. For Charles Hayward, live, ‘controlled’ improvisation continues to inspire him and sits comfortably alongside his other solo and collaborative endeavours.
© David Somerset British Film Institute
Camera Peter Bromley, Sophie Tomlinson, R.L. Wilson
Sound Jo Barker
Director Peter Bromley
Producer Ranna McArdle, Peter Bromley
Editor Alice Gunn
Production 1968 Film Group