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Jack Hooker

Composer, Performer

Born: 1990 Website  


Jack Hooker is a New Zealand composer, guitarist and sonic artist. Jack is interested in immersive, long-form instrumental music, though his output ranges from wall-of-sound electronic music, to acoustic guitar music, to Indonesian gamelan and cross-cultural composition.

Jack writes and performs primarily as an electronic artist and acoustic guitarist. He is a member of drone / trance duo The Shocking and Stunning and the Indonesian gamelan group Gamelan Padhang Moncar. With these projects, Jack has toured throughout New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia and has performed at festivals including Homegrown, WOMAD, Rhythm and Alps, Camp a Low Hum and the Yogyakarta International Gamelan Festival. As a composer, his pieces have been performed in New Zealand, Canada, Indonesia and Europe, and he has collaborated with major composers and groups including John Psathas and Strike.

In 2014 Jack was awarded a full Master of Musical Arts Scholarship at Victoria University to work on John Psathas’ monumental project No Man’s Land. Jack was heavily involved in the production of No Man's Land, travelling with the project throughout Europe and India, and also featured in the film as an on-screen performer. Throughout 2015 and 2016, Jack undertook a series of international collaborations, which included spending time in The Philippines working with Kalinga musicians, and spending four months in West Sumatra on an Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship, studying Talempong music.

Jack is currently based in Manila, the Philippines.

Composed (6)

Between Zero and One

for percussion ensemble

Field Murmur

for fixed-media, 10m 6s

Green River

for Javanese gamelan, 7m


for gamelan


for tesla coil and fixed-media, 8m 55s