Sam Hayden: presence/absence

Sam Hayden: presence/absence

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Hayden’s complex and arresting trio for flute, violin and percussion, system/error, is coupled with two large-scale works performed by Ensemble Mosaik and his newest work misguided written for ELISION. 

Trio EKL: Mieko Kanno, Anne La Berge, Claire Edwardes

ELISION / Eugene Ughetti
ensemble mosaik / Enno Poppe


‘a disc which deserves attention from all inquiring listeners for some seriously impressive music-making’ Gramophone

'system/error assembles three virtuoso instrumental lines, for violin, flutes and percussion into a lightning-fast mosaic; presence/absence melds a disparate quintet into a slowly changing continuum – what makes them anything but forbidding is the energy and exuberance that powers so much of Hayden's invention.' Guardian

'Full of striking ideas ... an intriguing sound-world'  BBC Music Magazine

‘Take a deep breath and concentrate, and you’ll find that system/error is a blast. Sam Hayden has a brilliant ear – the overlapping violin, flute and percussion lines deliciously collide and converse. You’re left reeling at the fact that these rich sounds can be produced by so few players and can actually be notated’ the arts


With thanks to the trusts, foundations and individuals who have invested in NMC’s Debut Discs series:
The Astor Foundation
The John S Cohen Foundation
The Fenton Arts Trust
Nicholas and Judith Goodison
Mercers' Charitable Foundation
The Stanley Picker Charitable Trust
The Radcliffe Trust
RVW Trust
Jennifer Roslyn Wingate
& the individuals who donated through The Big Give Christmas Challenge December 2011

system/error was recorded live by RICK CAMPION at The Warehouse, London SE1 as part of the 2007 BMIC Cutting Edge Series on 22 November 2007, and mixed by Rick Campion and Sam Hayden during summer 2010 at Goldsmiths College Electronic Music Studio, London.

presence/absence and Die Modularitäten were recorded at Siemensvilla, Gärtnerstrasse, Berlin, Germany on 28-29 March 2011 for Deutschlandradio, and mixed on 19-20 July 2011.

Executive Producer for Deutschlandradio: RAINER PÖLLMANN
Recording Producer & Digital Editing: FLORIAN SCHMIDT
Recording Engineer: BORRIS MANYCH

misguided was recorded live at Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank, Melbourne, Australia on 26 March 2011 for ABC Classic FM.

Recording Producer: STEPHEN ADAMS 

schismatics was recorded at Coombehurst Studio, University of Kingston, London on 19 August 2010.

Recording Producer / Engineer: DAVID LEFEBER
Executive Producer for NMC: COLIN MATTHEWS

presence/absence and Die Modularitäten (P) 2012 Deutschlandradio/NMC Recordings Ltd
misguided (P) 2012 ABC Radio
system/error and schismatics ® 2012 NMC Recordings Ltd
© 2012 NMC Recordings Ltd

Catalogue number: NMC D168
Release Date: 11 June 2012