Satch Hoyt : flute, percussion

SatchHoyt: photo by Sonja Mueller

Satch­Hoyt: pho­to by Son­ja Mueller

Satch Hoyt, born in Lon­don of British and  African-Jamaican ances­try, is cur­rent­ly liv­ing and work­ing in Berlin, Ger­many. He makes sculp­tures and instal­la­tions accom­pa­nied with sound, as well as paint­ings and draw­ings.
There is a dichoto­my in the gen­res that define two sides of the same coin: a dual and com­ple­men­tary reflec­tion on the African Dias­po­ra and its mul­ti-fold con­se­quences. The sculp­tur­al trope in Hoyt’s work address­es the  facts on the ground, so to speak, of black expe­ri­ence, while the draw­ings tap into a spir­it of fan­ta­sy, refuge, and tran­scen­dence — they are  vehi­cles for an imag­i­na­tive jour­ney beyond the obdu­ra­cy and oppres­sive­ness of his­to­ry.
With regards to his musi­cal accom­plish­ments Satch Hoyt has com­posed a num­ber of songs with Grace Jones; note­wor­thy, is 7 Day Week­end which is on the triple plat­inum sound­track album of the Eddie Mur­phy movie Boomerang. Hoyt also worked with mas­ter per­cus­sion­ist com­pos­er Sto­mu Yamash­ta, played flute on Louise Bour­geois’ OTTE, and is flautist — per­cus­sion­ist in Burt Sug­ar The Arkestra Cham­ber since 2001.

Hoyt has sung and played on numer­ous record­ings and has recent­ly record­ed a new album in Berlin, Bat­tle­fields Of Peace, under the pseu­do­nym Pharoah Dreams which includes guest musi­cians Julia Kent (Antho­ny and the  John­sons), Cass Lewis (Skunk Anan­sie), Earl  Harvin  (Me’shell  Nde­go­cel­lo) and Dave Smoo­ta Smith (TV On The Radio).
The album is co-writ­ten and co-pro­duced with Dirk Ley­ers.