Hayden Chisholm is a New Zealand saxophonist and composer. After studying in Cologne with a DAAD scholarship he continued his music studies in Japan in India.
In 1995 Hayden developed a radical new microtonal system he termed „split scales“ for saxophone which he revealed on his debut solo CD „Circe“. Since then his compositions have been recorded by BBC and WDR radios and he has toured and recorded extensively with the likes of Root70, WDR Big Band, Musikfabrik Ensemble, and David Sylvian.
He has created music for several Rebecca Horn installations as well as composing scores for her films. He has taught at Universities throughout the world and gives yearly master classes in Greece. He curates the annual Plushmusic festival in Cologne and Bremen.
In 2013 he released the 13 Box Set „13 Views of the Heart’s Cargo“ and received the German SWR Jazz Prize. In 2014 he released his second 13CD set „Cusp of Oblivion“. In 2017 he directed the Thessaloniki Jazz Festival and the Dortjol Festival in Belgrade.