photograph by Zach Rampen

photograph by Zach Rampen


Lyle Hopkins (b. 1989) is a double bassist, composer, and educator based in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is interested in contemporary improvised music. His work explores audience participation and the relation between autonomy and structure.

He has performed at the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, Seattle Jazz Experience, Reno Jazz Festival, Oregon Jazz Festival, and Vancouver International Jazz Festival. His work has been featured at the Vancouver Art GalleryWestern Front (Vancouver), WoodStockhausen (Victoria), and Sonic Boom Music Festival (Vancouver). As an educator, he has presented at the Oregon Music Education Association conference.

Lyle holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon, and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Capilano University. He has studied with double bassists Tyler Abbott, André Lachance, Jodi Proznick, and Darren Radtke.

Artist Statement

I am interested in the creation of occasions for intuitive and interactive experience. These occasions are made for a musical performance context, and they are facilitated by the implementation of structure: the constraint of musical elements, including pitch, duration, dynamics, timbre, texture, space, form, and power.

With my work, I look to examine music-as-process. To necessitate engagement and understanding, I want this process to be adaptable 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.