DUNCAN HAYNES TRIO
Recently returned to Aotearoa after two decades travelling the globe, Duncan Haynes is one of New Zealand’s finest jazz pianists. Having lived, performed and recorded in the UK, Europe, the USA and South America, he brings a wealth of experience and an international vision to his music.
In July 2021 the freshly-minted Duncan Haynes Trio (featuring Mark Lockett on drums and Seth Boy on bass) are touring the South Island to present his intriguing original compositions that highlight the power, flexibility and beauty that the trio format can encompass.
With a classical background in piano and cello, Duncan studied jazz with the very best of his native New Zealand at Massey University, Wellington.The following years found his arrangements on the multi-platinum selling pop albums of Bic Runga and at huge outdoor events such as Symphony Under the Stars in Auckland and the official millenium celebrations in Wellington. He then spent 8 years based in London, performing all over the U.K. and Europe including at Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Dean St, Wembley Stadium, Lords, Queens Club, Blenheim Palace, jazz festivals in Warsaw, Portugal, Ireland, the Netherlands and rock festivals such as Bestival on the Isle of Wight.
After a stint playing rock and blues in Lousiana, USA he moved to Lima, Peru where the music of South America captured his imagination. Having performed there with world class artists such as Susana Baca, Eva Ayllon and Andres Prado it was time for a return to Europe, this time based in Paris, where he established a world music/jazz hybrid project Cuarteto Imaginario in 2017.
Duncan has recorded regularly throughout his career with 5 studio albums to his credit and many others as a sideman across very different genres.