William Hooker Duo featuring Michael Malis

William Hooker

William Hooker Duo featuring Michael Malis

Michael Malis

William Hooker Duo featuring Michael Malis





William Hooker Duo featuring Michael Malis


  • $45 Thursday Edgepass General Admission
  • $15 - this concert only General Admission
  • $5 - this concert only Student
  • William Hooker, drums
  • Mike Malis, piano

Event Details

We are pleased to welcome William Hooker to Kerrytown Concert House and welcome back MIke Malis!

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THURSDAY LINEUP (Subject to change.)

Joseph Daley Tuba Trio

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom

William Hooker (drums) with Michael Malis (piano)

Support for Edgefest 21 is provided by the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.
Encore Records at 417 E. Liberty St. has sponsored and hosted the Tuesday evening Fringe events. Check back later for our exact schedule, and check out Encore Records for one of the most interesting music selections in the area!
Additional support for Edgefest is made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.
Additional support for the festival is also provided by The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

William Hooker

William Hooker's 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.

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.

William Hooker (drummer,composer and poet) has created works that range from jazz and "new" music to experimental genres. He has released over 60 CDs a a leader. Mr. Hooker has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Atrium at Lincoln Center, Wadsworth Atheneum, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Walker Art Center,MTV, The Kitchen, Roulette, Real Art Ways. He has also presented his work at the JVC Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, CMJ Music Festival,Vilnius Jazz Festival, Experimenta Argentina,The Knitting Factory and the Victoriaville Music Festival.

William Hooker has received commissions and support from the New York State Council on the Arts,Meet the Composer,Tokio Marine Insurance Company and colleges and universities such as Oberlin, Fordham, Columbia,New York University, Boston University, Princeton, Dartmouth and many more. Accompanying musicians have included Billy Bang,David Ware,William Parker,Thurston Moore, David Soldier,Roy Campbell,DJ Spooky,Steven Bernstein,Zeena Parkins,Lee Ranaldo,Jason Hwang,Sabir Mateen, Elliot Sharpe,David Murray,Ted Daniel,JD Parren and many more.

Mike Malis

Michael Malis (b. 1988) is a pianist and composer based in Detroit, MI. In July of 2015, he self-released his debut album as a leader, “Lifted from the No of All Nothing”, featuring all original music by Malis. The Detroit Free Press called it “an uncommonly mature and distinctive debut… The music is loose and spontaneous, alert to dynamics and textural variety while balancing formal detail and discipline with freedom.” It was described by Hot House Jazz Guide (NYC) as “cover[ing] a broad range of free expression. [Malis] bridges the gap between original composed, complex material and the spontaneity of improvisation.” His trio has toured in the United States and Canada in support of the album.

In December of 2015, Malis’ collaboration with drummer/sound artist Matthew Daher, Daher-Malis Duo, released “Secret of Begin” on cassette tape. The tape marked the debut release of Tool and Die records, an experimental tape label based in Detroit. Earlier in the year, Malis performed on the debut recording of rising star tenor saxophonist Marcus Elliot, “Where the City Meets the Sky”, which was released to critical acclaim. Elliot’s quartet, featuring Malis, has maintained a four year weekly residency at Detroit’ premiere jazz club, Cliff Bell’s.

As a pianist, he has shared the stage with a diverse array of musicians, including notables such as Marcus Belgrave, Tyshawn Sorey, Jaribu Shahid, Ken Filiano, Andrew Bishop, Dennis Coffey, and Marion Hayden. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Detroit Jazz Festival, The Stone (NYC), and the Detroit Institute of Arts, among other venues. As a leader, he has maintained a touring schedule with his trio, playing in New York, Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Baltimore, Cleveland, and across the Midwest and East Coast.

Malis has also worked in interdisciplinary settings; in September of 2015, he collaborated with visual artist Costa Kazaleh Sirdenis and the aforementioned Matthew Daher to create an evening-length performance piece, “Warped and Wept”, which explores the intersection of masculinity and crying through text, music, sound, video, and live performance. The piece was developed at the Carr Center through their Artist Hub Residency, and premiered at the Carr Center in October 2015. Since then, the trio has performed the piece in Toronto and Montréal, and has plans to remount the piece in the coming months.

As a composer, he was awarded “Best Musical Score” in the 2011 Lightworks Film Festival for his score to the short film “Slash/Fiction.” He has continued to write music for film since then, scoring a total of three short films and one full length feature film. He began writing music for theater in 2012, writing the musical score for “The Mute Quire”, a play by the Fratellanza Theater Company, which premiered at the New Theater Project in Ypsilanti, MI, in June of 2012 to critical acclaim. “The Mute Quire” was subsequently remounted in Galway, Ireland in 2014 at the Galway Fringe Festival. His second collaboration with Fratellanza, “String Up the Moon,” premiered in Detroit to critical acclaim in September of 2013.

He started playing the piano at age five, and started writing music shortly thereafter. In high school, he began his studies in earnest with Detroit jazz piano legend Bess Bonnier. After high school, he attended the University of Michigan, where he studied with the eminent jazz pianist Geri Allen. He is currently a Master’s student at Wayne State University, studying composition.

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