" Hayden Farrar combines a thorough command of the bass, with a sure rhythmic sense, and startling melodic invention. A force to be reckoned with. Farrar's tortured angular bass lines seldom add up to less than interesting music" - Neil Swainson
Hayden Farrar is an upright and electric bassist, composer and educator living in Boston, Massachusetts . He spends most of his time playing and writing jazz music but is more than capable of covering a wide range of genres. “I grew up playing music in the small town of Alliston, Ontario, starting with Folk and Rock and quickly discovered Jazz” states Farrar who is currently involved in projects ranging from jazz, to blues/rock, to alternative folk/pop. Hayden has completed his Bachelor of Music from Humber College with honours in 2014 and is completing his Masters degree in performance at Berklee College of Music. While at Berklee Hayden has had the privilege of studying with the likes of Ben Street, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Terri Lynne Carrington and Joe Lovano. Hayden has been fortunate enough to perform and teach at jazz festivals in the Dominican Republic, Montreal and Panama. During the Summer of 2014 Hayden was accepted on faculty at the Global Music Institute in New Delhi, India for a semester.
Hayden is writing for a new project entitled “Upstream”, a piano trio with James Hill and Ian Wright. Upstream’s compositions have been described as modern and fresh with a traditional sensibility. “I wanted to write pieces for this group that allow everyone to have their voice clearly heard, the compositions act as a basic framework allowing us total freedom within the context of each song”. The self entitled EP is now complete and the group is preparing for an official release in early 2015.
Hayden is also working on a piece for a double trio set to debut in late 2016 “I’ve never written for strings before, I wanted to see what I could do with the colours that become available with the added voices.” This project is meant to try and capture the playfulness of Upstream but on a larger scale.