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The tuba player and composer Robin Hayward was born in Brighton, England in 1969. He studied classical music at the University of Manchester and tuba at the Royal Northern College of Music. After graduating in 1991 he was involved in the improvised and experimental music scenes in Manchester and London. In 1998 he moved to Berlin, where he played an active role in the shaping of the Echtzeitmusik scene.
He has introduced revolutionary playing techniques to brass instruments, initially through the discovery of the ‘noise-valve’ in 1996, and later through the development of the first fully microtonal tuba in 2009. In 2012 he invented the Hayward Tuning Vine, partly out of a desire to visualize the harmonic space implicit within the microtonal tuba. His approach to the tuba has been documented in the solo releases Valve Division, States of Rushing, Nouveau Saxhorn Nouveau Basse and Rubble Master, along with numerous collaborative releases, such as with the microtonal tuba trio Microtub and the tuba and double bass duo Reidemeister Move. In 2005 he founded the ensemble Zinc & Copper to explore brass chamber music from an experimental music perspective.