Hayden’s complex and arresting trio for flute, violin and percussion, system/error, is coupled with two large-scale works performed by Ensemble Mosaik and his newest work misguided written for ELISION.
"Full of striking ideas ... an intriguing sound-world"
Christopher Dingle - BBC Music Magazine (Brief Notes Section) - September 2012
"Take a deep breath and concentrate, and you’ll find that system/error is a blast. Sam Hayden has a brilliant ear – the overlapping violin, flute and percussion lines deliciously collide and converse. You’re left reeling at the fact that these rich sounds can be produced by so few players and can actually be notated"
the arts desk.com
"...system/error assembles three virtuoso instrumental lines, for violin, flutes and percussion into a lightning-fast mosaic; presence/absence melds a disparate quintet into a slowly changing continuum – what makes them anything but forbidding is the energy and exuberance that powers so much of Hayden’s invention..."
"...a disc which deserves attention from all inquiring listeners for some seriously impressive music-making..."