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Colin Hinton is an active member of Brooklyn’s creative music community. A drummer, percussionist, and composer, his music draws from the jazz and free music traditions of Henry Threadgill, Anthony Braxton, and Muhal Richard Abrams, as well as 20th century classical composers Messiaen, Scriabin, Feldman, and Grisey.

He has performed in the US, Canada, Central and South America, and Asia, and has had his compositions performed in the US, Italy, and Canada. An active educator in the NYC area, Colin has taught at the City College of New York, numerous music academies, and runs a private teaching studio.  He has given clinics at the City College of New York and the University of Toronto.

Hinton studied drums with Ed Soph, Tyshawn Sorey, Dan Weiss, Ralph Peterson, and Ari Hoenig, and composition with Ingrid Laubrock, Tyshawn Sorey, and Eric Wubbels. He studied at the University of North Texas and City College of New York, completing a BFA in Jazz Performance and an MA in Music Performance with a focus in 20th century theory.

Colin has performed with Ingrid Laubrock, Todd Neufeld, Tony Malaby, Brandon Seabrook, Michael Formanek, Lotte Anker, Jon Irabagon, Okkyung Lee, Eivind Opsvik, Tyshawn Sorey, Brandon Lopez, Jacob Sacks, Briggan Krauss, Miles Okazaki, Michaël Attias, Jesse Zubot, and Anna Webber. He performed on Jake Hanlon’s 2012 CD release “Follow” which was nominated for ECMA Jazz Recording of the Year.  He has performed at notable NYC venues such as The Jazz Gallery, The Stone, Bar Next Door, Rockwood Music Hall, and Cornelia Street Café.

Hinton currently leads contemporary classical/avant-jazz quintet Simulacra (Anna Webber, Yuma Uesaka, Edward Gavitt, Shawn Lovato, Colin Hinton), free-jazz/post-punk hybrid Glassbath (Peyton Pleninger, Edward Gavitt, Eva Lawitts, Colin Hinton), Aphelion (Tony Malaby, Todd Neufeld, Eivind Opsvik, Colin Hinton), and a piano trio featuring Santiago Leibson and Eivind Opsvik.  Colin also co-leads Ocelot – a collaborative trio featuring Yuma Uesaka and Cat Toren whose debut recording will be released in fall 2020.

Hinton is also the founder and co-curator of Off-Brand Music Series – a monthly music series hosted at Branded Saloon in Brooklyn that celebrates the avant-garde and experimental music scene.  Off-Brand Music Series has been running monthly since January of 2018.

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