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Daniel Thompson is one of a number of young musicians who have brought a new vibrancy to the London improvising scene in recent years. After studying guitar with John Russell he has developed a unique style whose invention and flexibility have seen him working with many of the leading players in this country and in Europe. He also organises the monthly Foley Street series of concerts of improvised music.
Martin Hackett, synthesiser, is a member of Oxford Improvisers and the Muzzix collective in Lille, France. His exploration of the Korg MS10 synthesiser has been a work in progress for over 25 years. As the possibilities of the instrument have revealed themselves he has made various superficial modifications, adding new switching systems, and bringing internal circuits and connections to the exterior for direct contact with the performer, while leaving its unique sound unaltered.
Philipp Wachsmann, violin, is one of the best-known and most respected musicians on the international improvisation scene. Coming from an essentially contemporary classical background, he says of his studies with Nadia Boulanger, “Despite her neoclassical orientation, her insistence that composition is about the imagination of performance and its realisation, the live moment, and her stunning ability to make this happen was a powerful influence on me, steering towards ‘performance’ and therefore ‘improvisation’.” His influence as a teacher has also been profound.