Christopher Williams is a Berlin-based composer, contrabassist, organizer, and researcher originally from San Diego (California), where he studied at the University of California. He is currently completing a PhD at the University of Leiden (Holland) on the subject of notation for improvisers.

Performances with Derek Bailey, Justin Bennett, Charles Curtis, LaMonte Young’s Theatre of Eternal Music, Robin Hayward, Hans W. Koch, Maggie Nicols, and dancer Martin Sonderkamp. Collaborations with composers such as Chris Adler, Benjamin Carson, Yoav Pasovsky, Benjamin Patterson, Ana-Maria Rodriguez, Marc Sabat, James Saunders, and Erik Ulman.

Compositions include conventionally notated chamber music, radio art, and collaborations with dancers and other improvisers. Work with visual artist Tanja Smit shown at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, and radio work broadcast on VPRO Radio 6 (Holland).

Curator of over 70 concerts of contemporary and experimental music in Barcelona between 2003-2009 with Associació Musical l’Embut, and currently of Certain Sundays, a monthly salon in Berlin.


Tuba player and composer Robin Hayward, born in Brighton, England in 1969, has been based in Berlin since 1998. He has redefined the tuba’s potential both in the areas of noise and microtonality, and his compositions for other instruments reflect a similar experimental, medium-specific approach. He has toured extensively both solo and in collaboration, and been featured in such festivals as Maerzmusik and Fri Resonans. Collaborations include such luminaries as Charles Curtis and Roberto Fabbriciani along with leading composers such as Christian Wolff and Alvin Lucier. His approach to the tuba has been documented in the solo CDs Valve Division and States of Rushing, as well as various collaborative releases.

In 2009 Robin Hayward developed the first fully microtonal tuba together with the music instrument manufacturers B&S, and in 2011 published an extensive article on this new tuba in the Galpin Society Journal, tracing its history back to the original tuba patent of 1835. He is currently doing a doctorate on the acoustics of the recently developed microtonal tuba at the Technical University in Berlin.


Charlie Morrow (b. 1942 Newark, New Jersey, USA), is a conceptualist whose music and sound work explores many styles and forms, from events for media and public spaces to commercial soundtracks, new media productions, museum installations and programming for broadcast and festivals.

Throughout his career, Morrow has sought to bring experimental sound and music to a wider audience. His works have ranged from massive free public events, such as “Toot’N Blink” for Chicago’s Lake Michigan and “Fanfare in the Air” for New York Harbor to innovative installations for the world’s leading institutions, including Kennedy Space Center, and the American Museum of Natural History.

Taking sound to the next level, Morrow most recently created MorrowSound®, a state-ofthe-art technology at the forefront of the rapidly-expanding field of 3D sound.  It has been showcased at major venues and events, including the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics and and the recently opened Magic Forrest and Aviary at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus OH.

MorrowSound True 3D:

Artistic projects:

Extended bio: Wikipedia


IMG_8831-copyReidemeister Move is Christopher Williams, contrabass, and Robin Hayward, tuba, a duo dedicated to exploring and expanding the possibilities of sustained-tone music in just intonation for their instruments. Hayward’s self-designed microtonal tuba developed together with the instrument manufacturers B&S, and Williams’ previous work with Charles Curtis and LaMonte Young’s legendary Theatre of Eternal Music, provide the backbone for a performance practice based on purely tuned intervals, noise, corporeal rhythms, and spatial resonance.



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