Double bassist, composer and arranger Duncan Hopkins has been working at the highest levels of jazz for almost thirty years. In that time he has worked with such luminaries as Norma Winstone, Rob McConnell, Scott Hamilton, Houston Person, Warren Vache, Ed Bickert, Mark Murphy, Bobo Stenson, Dianna Krall, Kenny Wheeler, Bobby Watson, Sam Rivers, Harry Allen and Edward Simon to name but a few.
His newest project Elysian joins long time collaborator (and 2017 British Pianist of the Year) Nikki Iles and the incredibly talented Thierry Peala from Paris. Their new CD is called Voyageur and has music and lyrics by Duncan Hopkins.
Together they have a unique chemistry which simulates eventide and candlelight in one moment and sea breeze on your cheeks in the next. All About Jazz
Elysian expresses kindness, delicacy and expressive softness. Qualities that are not so widespread today. With elegance and refinement. Elysian transports us in a flight between the notes of a dreaming heart and more capable of experiencing the aromas and colours of a kind soul. Bruno Pollacci – Animajazz, Italy
Duncan has toured extensively throughout Canada, Great Britain, Europe, Brazil and the United States. He can be heard on over fifty albums, numerous CBC, BBC and NPR recordings. He is a long standing member of the jazz education group the Global Music Foundation and continues to be visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England.