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Bret Hart [1959 - ] is a through-improvisor, composer, educator, instrument builder,
    sculptor and published writer living with his family in Eden, North Carolina.

He has traveled to and lived in many parts of the US and Asia, flavoring his music with
    with their influence.  Since his first self-released project in 1979, Hart has released
    numerous improvisational, scored, and lyrical records, tapes, and CDs under his
    own Kamsa, O-Right, HipWorks, and InstrumenTales imprints; as well as long-play
    records and compilation singles on the HomemadeMusic, Gajoob Tapes, Zzaj
    Productions, MP3.com, Go-Kustom, Szum, FirePiano, Instant Dogma, Zero Hits,
    Hacienda Jiminez, Revenge, Scatboy, and The Facility labels, and has upcoming
    compilation singles on Bulbous Confusion and Cohort Records.

He was a recipient of Massachusetts Cultural Council Arts grants in 1997 and 1998,
    is active in non-profit, socially conscious fund-raising efforts, is the father of three, and
    teaches Language Arts, Set Design, and creative music electives in a rural North
    Carolina middle school.

Hart, as an painter and sculptor, has been an two time invitee to The Northeast Open in
    Worcester, MA; and had one-man and shared shows in several New England
    galleries.  In 1986, he was invited by SUNY Potsdam to compose and perform his
    multimedia performance work, ALFA, for the college's sesquicentennial celebration.
    In 1970, at ten, Hart was awarded a student artist scholarship for Syracuse University
    studio arts instruction.  His graphics, photographs, and scores have been reproduced
    in the US (Cassette Mythos, Sound Choice, The Racquette) and Russia (Wapnk).
    The Massachusetts band, The New Pond Fondle, took their name from a Hart
    painting.  He has been published since 1977 and his 'Anthropological Studies' have
    been published (as Chuck Lake) in Eden's Own and The Neely Chronicle.

His on-going Improvisational Duets Series features Hart working in spartan spontaneity
    with (chronologically) Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Mark Kissinger, David Wortman, Don Campau, Fred "Gentlemaniac" Hall, Scotty "Clang Quartet" Irving, Alonzo Phillips, Ben Horrendous, Steve Blake, Phil Kellogg, John Jasnoch, Tom Nunn, Ian Davis, Amy Denio, Mika Rintala, Bob Jordan, Dick "Rotcod Zzaj" Metcalf, Phil Hargreaves, Larry Marotta, and Jeff "Tragic Bunny" Mills,  .

Hart has recorded and performed with the groups: Camera Obtusa, SOME PIG, Fondling Giblets, HipBone, Maximum Love Vibes, Kudzu, Jaws of Glee, Invented Thing Quartet, The Bones, The Blunt, X's for Eyes, Trouble Boys, Flavor Crystals, Johnny & the Lawnchairs, The Elaborate 8-Piece No Drug Band, Callithump, Krupa's Ankle, The Bulbs, The Swamp Pocket, My Animal Guide, Stink-Towel, Runs With Scissors, Industrial Sonic Echo, B's of Sunrise, Automatic Music, Mille Bornes, H.I.M., Asteroid Schoolhouse, Third Program, Bunker, and The Rhythm Party; and has enjoyed improvisation with Chris Cutler, Ken Hyder, Jack and Ben Wright, microtonalist Dan Stearns, found percussionist Jonathan Thomas, instrument-builder J-Me Johnson, and spoken word artist Dave Nader.

"Current activities include getting a son through college, improving the range of motion in my right leg, creating a consultation firm designed to help businesses reduce their fear of marketing in an ethically procative way, and getting a mortgage on an ol' shack we've had our eye on."

Contact?     hipworks@mindspring.com