Graham Haynes Full Circle

Graham Haynes Full Circle


Regarded as an innovator on cornet, an extraordinary composer, and an emerging force in contemporary electronic/world music, Graham Haynes uses technology to create imaginative and evocative sonic environments. Haynes is known as a forward-thinking artist unrestrained by boundaries and styles.


Graham Haynes was born with a rich tradition of music in his veins. The Hollis, Queens native is the son of veteran Jazz drummer Roy Haynes. Although he grew up around jazz musicians and is considered an innovator on cornet and flugelhorn, the younger Haynes aspired to push jazz beyond its traditional boundaries. This expansion beyond a jazz norm focuses on pairing up the cornet with technology to create imaginative and subtle sonic environments. But unlike other acts that pair together digital and analog instruments, Haynes manages to retain a rich and affecting vibe with his music. The cornet stands tall amongst everything else, providing a level of expression that humanizes and enhances the synthetic sounds.

Graham Haynes' first foray into electronic music came in 1979 upon meeting alto saxophonist Steve Coleman. Together, they formed a band called Five Elements, which launched an influential group of improvisers called M-Base Collective. After the formation of his own ensemble - Graham Haynes and No Image - and the subsequent release of an album (What Time It Be?), Haynes would spend the balance of the 1980's studying a wide range of African, Arabic and South Asian Music. After a move to France in 1990, Haynes concentrated these far-off influences into his next two releases - Nocturne Parisian and Griot's Footsteps. Looking for his next musical challenge, Haynes returned to New York City in 1993 to take advantage of the flourishing Hip-Hop scene; and the resulting album was the sample heavy Transition. After the release of yet another hybridized album - 1996's Tones For The 21st Century - Haynes discovered drum 'n' bass and began working with some of the genres finest DJs and producers in London and the U.S. This manifested in the release of 2000's BPM, a fusion of drum n' bass beats with the classical music of Richard Wagner.

Since the release of BPM, Haynes has kept busy with several interesting projects. He has created several critically acclaimed multimedia projects, composed the score for films Flag War and The Promise, and lectured at New York University, while receiving two nominations for the prestigious Alpert Award For The Arts. He has collaborated with artists such as; Roy Haynes, Cassandra Wilson, Vernon Reid, Meshell Ndegeocello, The Roots, David Murray, George Adams, Ed Blackwell, Bill Laswell, and Steve Williamson.

With the release of Full Circle, Haynes fortifies his name as one of the most important and forward thinking artists of our time.


What Time It Be (Muse)
Nocturne Parisian (Muse)
Griot's Footsteps (Antilles/Verve)
Transitions (Polygram/Antilles)
Tones For The 21st Century (Polygram/Verve)
Organik Mechanix (ION)
BPM (Knitting Factory)
Full Circle (RKM)

Set List

Typical set list is about 4-5 songs and the program lasts for approximately one hour. No covers are performed ever.
1. Turandot Overture and Excerpt from Act III
2. Circle One
3. 1st Quadrant
4. Quarter Circle
5. Standing Before Time