• Jazz concerts at famed Ronnie Scott's Club, London, plus performances at Wembley Stadium, Bestival, Lords, National Gallery, jazz festivals across Europe
• Five albums of original jazz music as well as contributions to many others as a sideman
• Afro-Peruvian music for the Paris-Dakar Rally held in the middle of the Peruvian desert
• Blues performance in Clarksdale, Mississippi - site of the crossroads of blues legend
• Winner of the 2022 Lilburn Trust composition prize for The View From Above (post-spectralist work for Pierrot ensemble)
• Five albums of original jazz music
• Soundscape commission – Earthquake exhibition, Lima, Peru 2013
• String arrangements for Bic Runga's hit albums Drive and Beautiful Collision
• Orchestral commission, arrangement of Madness' Our House
• Arrangements for official Wellington City millennium celebration 2000
• Arrangements for Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra performed at Symphony Under the Stars 1997
• Arrangements for the musical Te Odio Amor Mío, dir. Alberto Issola, Peru 2012
• Mastering the Practice of Music published 2018
• 25 years of experience teaching privately, in schools, conservatories and universities
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Having studied classical piano and cello (winner of the 1988 national secondary school chamber music competition performing the Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion), Duncan later completed a jazz piano performance degree at Massey University in Wellington. Before leaving Aotearoa on a 20 year musical odyssey he also worked with Bic Runga, writing the string arrangements for the multi-platinum selling albums Drive and Beautiful Collision. His years overseas saw him collaborate with a wide range of top musicians in genres as varied as world music, rock, blues and avant-garde jazz. He has performed multiple times at many famous venues including Ronnie Scotts, Wembley Stadium and Lords in London, and jazz festivals across Europe in Poland, Portugal, the Netherlands, Ireland, and the legendary Bestival on the Isle of Wight. He then spent some years in Peru where he performed with world-class artists Susana Baca, Eva Ayllon and Andres Prado, as well as founding and directing a youth orchestra. After moving to Paris he established the world music/jazz crossover group Cuarteto Imaginario in 2017. Returning to NZ in late 2020, he has since completed a critically acclaimed South Island tour, founded the Directions in Jazz project to bring improvised music to a wider community and is currently undertaking post-graduate study in contemporary classical composition at NZSM, winning the Lilburn Trust composition prize in 2022.
A vital first set demonstrated seemingly effortless mastery on the part of Haynes. They weren’t just warmed up, they were on fire! The band received a thoroughly well deserved standing ovation from the audience at the end of the second set, perhaps the first that I can recall this happening at any gig in Dunedin. I genuinely do not think I’ve felt such a buzz around live New Zealand jazz in Dunedin in a very very long time (if at all).
ALEX WOLKEN wolkenwords.wordpress.com
What a fabulous occasion it was. The audience was enthralled from the opening original piece. The success of the evening’s performance was demonstrated by an enthusiastic standing ovation and many requests for a return performance. The Duncan Haynes Trio exceeded all expectations.
CATHERINE BROSNAHAN Fairfield House, Nelson
There is a fleetness of touch in the musicians' performances that makes the music seem to take flight. The result is a mysteriously beautiful composition that I never wanted to end. That Mitchell and Haynes make it sound so easy, so suffused with consummate musicianship is a credit to their promising talent and impeccable taste.
CHRISTIAN CAREY Splendid ezine
The consistently fabulous Leo label continues to unearth creative music form spirits known and often unknown. Intricate ideas, majestic and melodic, melancholy and elegant.
DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY New York
The set concludes on a piece with gospel inflections, a perfect summary of the duo's chemistry and deep understanding. There is no denying its artistry, creativity and understated charm.
FRANCOIS COUTURE AllMusic.com
There's not a dull moment on this dynamically performed, well-crafted set of compositions [by Gerald Clark]. The impressive pianist Duncan Haynes and the young and highly rated rhythm section are fired up and play great.
SELWYN HARRIS Jazzwise, UK
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ALBUMS AS LEADER
THE URBAN CHOREOGRAPHIC
With Matthew Mitchell (guitar). Recorded in London, 2006.
Original compositions and improvisations.
With Gonçalo Almeida (bass) and Luis Candeias (drums). Recorded in Rotterdam, 2007.
THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY
With Jules Jackson (bass) and Simon Pearson (drums). Recorded in London, 2009.
Original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards in the piano trio tradition.
With Cleia Luna (vocals) and Andrés Prado (guitar). Recorded in Lima, 2013.
Original compositions and arrangements that blend song form, improvisation and latino influences.
KEY ALBUMS AS SIDEMAN
Sarah Weller, 2008
Gerald Clark, 2013
Jorge Pardo, 2014
Bic Runga, 1999
Gitbox Rebellion, 1994