The new HRIII album is due in early 2020. When Hansford and Julien first began composing together the result was the eponymously titled "HR3," featuring Max Lazich on drums. For the second album they went to Paris to record with Hansford's old compatriots from PM Gong, François Causse and Benoît Moerlen. This resulted in the album Gong Expresso, "Decadence." Preparation for their third album has begun with Jamie Thompson joining them on drums and tuned perc. Recording will begin in December 2019 at Piccolo Studios in Montreal.
Hansford Rowe - bass
American bassist Hansford Rowe began his career in the clubs of New York City. With French drummer Pierre Moerlen, he reformed the jazz-rock group Gong. PM's Gong is considered one of the great fusion bands of the late 70s. Recording guests included icons like Mick Taylor, Steve Winwood and Didier Lockwood. International touring soon secured Hansford a place among the world's leading bass players and work with Mike Oldfield, Allan Holdsworth, John Martyn, Biréli Lagrène, La Monte Young, David "Fuze" Fiuczynski, Gary Husband, Jon Catler etc. Hansford, with Warwick bass guitars, developed the first Just Intonation bass. He is considered an expert in the use of alternate tuning systems. He is a founding member of the band Gongzilla. The new HRIII trio debuted live in 2019 at the Festival Quebec Jazz en Juin.
Julien Sandiford - guitar
Julien Sandiford is a Montréal-based guitarist and composer. Over the course of his young career, he has performed with world-class jazz musicians and at several international jazz festivals, including the Hong Kong Jazz Festival and the Montréal Jazz Festival. His long long-running collaboration with Hansford Rowe led to the internationally acclaimed recording by Gong Expresso, “Decadence,” with Gong alumni Benoît Moerlen and François Causse. HRIII’s third album is now his primary focus.
Jamie Thompson - drums / tuned perc
Jamie Thompson is a Canadian drummer, percussionist and electronic composer from Montréal. He has achieved international recording and touring success with indie bands The Unicorns and Islands. In 2015 he won a Juno award with instrumental chamber rock ensemble Esmerine. As an electronic producer, he made high profile remixes for Artists like Beck and TuneYards and appeared in the beat invitational at LA's low-end theory. Jamie has worked with musicians Leonard Cohen, Fred Wesley, Bernie Worrell, Dorothy Moore, David Krakauer, Martha Wainright, Nels Cline, Arto Lindsay, Yves Lambert, Socalled, Matisyahu, Little Scream, Busdriver and Charlyne Yi.