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Beginning a musical life in the mid-sixties, Hugh Hopper was one of the original founding spirits behind the Canterbury school of progressive rock/fusion music that produced influential groundbreaking bands like Soft Machine, Gong and Caravan.

Starting with Wilde Flowers, he went on to become bassist and writer with Soft Machine during their most successful period, playing/composing on the first six albums and touring countless miles in Europe and America. Leaving the Softs in the mid-seventies he branched out into varied projects like Yamashita's East Wind, Isotope, Carla Bley Orchestra, Robert Wyatt and groups under his own name as well as continuing a recording career that mixed experimental solo efforts with a wide range of collaborations with other jazz and fusion players. He continues to tour and record today in Europe and the States - more prolifically than ever. Recent international bands/projects include Hughscore (with Seattle musicians), Bone (with Dr Nerve's Nick Didkovsky) and Softworks (ex-Softies Allan Holdsworth, John Marshall and Elton Dean), and new collaborations with singers Lisa S Klossner, Tim Bowness (no-man and Julian Whitfield, as well as a series of loopscape CDs under his own name (The Stolen Hour, Jazzloops and In a Dubious Manner are both available through Hugh's online shop at

An online archive featuring photos and details of Hugh's many gigs is now available at the Hugh Hopper Archive.

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