Adam Hopkins is a bassist, composer, and educator born and raised in Baltimore, MD and currently living in Brooklyn, NY. He has extensive experience performing jazz and improvised music and has played with professional orchestras in Maryland, Virginia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and the DC metro area. He has been fortunate to perform with a number of influential artists throughout his career including George Garzone, Uri Caine, and Dave Ballou. He attended the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in 2010 where he shared the stage with Mary Halvorson, Darcy James Argue, Dave Douglas, Jeff Parker, and a group of inspiring peers from around the world. He held a faculty position at Loyola University for six years as a professor of double and electric bass, music theory, ear training, and jazz ensemble. Currently he is on faculty at the Lagond Music School in Westchester, NY and also teaches privately in his home studio. He holds a graduate performance diploma from Peabody Conservatory in Jazz Studies, a master’s degree from Michigan State University in Orchestral Bass Performance, and a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University in Music Industry.
Adam currently performs in a number of groups in the New York, Baltimore, and DC areas both as a leader and sideman. In February 2009 Adam co-founded Out of Your Head, a collective of improvising musicians in Baltimore devoted to broadening the local creative music scene. In February 2012 he began a second chapter of OOYH in Brooklyn, NY. He curates performances for the Brooklyn chapter every first and third Sunday at Freddy’s Bar and Backroom in South Slope. Adam was awarded an Individual Artist Grant for music composition in 2012 and 2009 and music performance in 2010 from the Maryland State Arts Council. He won a Baker Artist Baltimore’s Choice Prize in 2009, which was the inaugural year of the award. Adam has released albums featuring his compositions with Quartet Offensive and Turn Around Norman, and performs regularly with Danny Gouker’s Signal Problems, Party Pack!, and a new Baltimore-based dectet called Lubbock which he co-founded with Dave Ballou. He has studied double bass with many great performers and teachers of the instrument, including Michael Formanek, Jeffrey Weisner, Jack Budrow, Rodney Whitaker, and Sam Cross and additional studies with Drew Gress and Gary Thomas.