Lyle Hopkins is a double bassist, improviser, and composer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is interested in improvisation and interactive multimedia. He has performed at the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival, Oregon Jazz Festival, Reno Jazz Festival, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, Seattle Jazz Experience, and Vancouver International Jazz Festival. His work has been featured at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Western Front (Vancouver), WoodStockhausen (Victoria), and Sonic Boom Music Festival (Vancouver). Lyle holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon and he has studied with double bassists Tyler Abbott, André Lachance, Jodi Proznick, and Darren Radtke.
I am interested in the creation of occasions for intuitive and interactive experience. These occasions are often made for a musical performance context and they explore the relation between autonomy and structure. I want my work to be inclusive and easily experienced by both performer and audience. This desire for accessibility has led my artistic practice toward text-based instruction and participatory music. From this framework, my work is an attempt at engaging with some of the challenges associated with contemporary improvised music through obscuring the distinction between audience and performer.