Aaron Hynds is an Ohio-based tubist, composer, and proponent of contemporary music. Over the past few years, his emphasis has shifted away from a standard performance practice and towards a more experimental approach to the tuba, based primarily on the use and contextualization of a variety of contemporary playing techniques. He is active in all areas of contemporary musical activity, especially the performance of newly-composed works by young composers from throughout the world.
Aaron has been a featured performer across the United States since 2007, particularly in new music venues. Over the last few years, he has performed at events like the inaugural Omaha Under the Radar Festival, the 2014 International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany, the Null Point music series in Buffalo, NY, two appearances at Constellation-Chicago, and the first meeting of the Northwestern University New Music Conference [NUNC!]. Upcoming engagements include a lecture on contemporary tuba techniques at the 2016 New Music Gathering and recital/masterclass appearances at the University of South Carolina, East Tennessee State University, and Valdosta State University.
The creation of new works for the tuba is a vital component of Aaron’s artistic output, and to this end, he has commissioned and performed works by composers such as Kurt Isaacson, Nicholas Deyoe, Ruby Fulton, Monte Weber, and Hong-Da Chin. Upcoming works include tuba+electronics compositions by Jacob Gotlib, Elise Roy, and Colin Tucker, a tuba duo by Eliza Brown, and solo works by Laura Schwartz and Ray Evanoff.
Aaron is currently in the planning process for his first solo album, consisting entirely of newly-commissioned works for the solo tuba. In addition, he appeared with Ensemble Dal Niente on the Katherine Young/Austin Wulliman collaboration Diligence is to Progress as Magic is to Flight, released in 2014 on the Parlour Tapes+ label. He has appeared as a collaborator on every album by the Midwest Hackers, and he recently recorded a doom metal/jazz trio album with performers Jordan Snow and Danny Hynds.
Besides his work as a performer, Aaron is also a composer and new media artist. Recent premieres include there are voices in the soil for tuba-euphonium octet and Logic Array for tuba and bass drum. Planned performances over the next year include Anisotropia for multipercussion+electronics (written for Eric Retterer), stained: without breathing for harp+electronics (for Jen Ellis), and a chamber ensemble work written for the 2015/2016 DMA cohort at Bowling Green State University. Upcoming compositions include Choke (Radio Edit) for bass clarinet+electronics and terminal loop for Chinese flute+electronics. He has also worked as a video artist, exhibiting works such as A Soft Union (of) Teeth (single channel video projection) and Idle Animation (four channel installation).
Aaron is passionate about teaching, and maintains a private studio of tuba and euphonium students in the Northwest Ohio area. He has appeared as a guest educator at the Wisconsin Summer Music Clinic and at various collegiate institutions, including Millikin University and the University of Northern Iowa. One of his current projects is the reconciliation of contemporary music with standard pedagogical methods, with the goal of nurturing a new generation of musicians that consider contemporary music a natural and desirable outgrowth of standard performance practice.
Aaron has earned degrees from the University of Northern Iowa and University of Wisconsin-Madison, the latter of which he attended as a Paul J. Collins Distinguished Graduate Fellow. He is currently a doctoral student at Bowling Green State University, where he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Contemporary Music.
He is fortunate to consider the following educators among those that have directly impacted his musical growth: David Saltzman, John Stevens, Michael Svoboda, Melvyn Poore, Dr. Jeffrey Funderburk, Dr. Sharon Huff, Thomas Miller, James Culbertson, Steve Schepper, Dr. Jonathan Schwabe, Dr. Jerome Soneson, and Mr. Dewey Akins.