Benedict Taylor is a solo violist & composer specialising in contemporary music and improvisation. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music & Goldsmiths College, and is a leading figure within the area of contemporary string performance. Taylor is at the forefront of the British & European new and improvised music scene. He performs, records and composes throughout the UK, EU and Asia as a soloist and ensemble performer, in the worlds leading venues and festivals alongside working collaboratively with artists, from painters to contemporary dancers and experimental filmmakers. Through his work he is involved with a number of higher education institutions, having given lectures, seminars & performances at the Royal College of Music and Goldsmiths, amongst others. He is the founder and artistic director of CRAM, which he initiated in 2010/11.
Tom Jackson is a clarinettist and saxophonist based in London, largely dedicated to the fields of contemporary classical music and free improvisation. He maintains an exciting, extensive and eclectic performance schedule and has performed throughout Europe, Australia and Hong Kong as well as throughout the UK. He is currently undertaking a PhD researching issues of free improvisation.
Daniel Thompson is a guitarist and improvising musician currently living in Hackney, London.
He was born in Norfolk, England in 1981 and other than a couple of years playing violin as a child, his musical studies didn’t seriously begin until his late teens. Largely self-taught, after moving to London in 2006 Daniel embarked upon a life changing period studying with the guitarist John Russell for two years, who “provided me with one of the richest and most rewarding musical experiences of my life”.
A part of the fertile London improvising music scene Daniel has also played at many other venues across the UK and Europe. As well as being a musician Daniel has been organising concerts since 2007 and his monthly improvised music concert series entitled ‘Foley Street’ takes place in London’s west end.
As well as performing solo and with other musicians in many ad-hoc improvising situations Daniel also performs in long-term collaborations or “working groups”.
Recent collaborations (both ad-hoc and long-term) have seen Daniel performing with Neil Metcalfe, Benedict Taylor, Adam Bohman, Simon Rose, Ricardo Tejero, Steve Noble, Alex Ward, Phil Durrant, Kay Grant, Roland Ramanan, Mark Sanders, Terry Day, Anton Mobin, Tom Jackson, Javier Carmona and Guillaume Viltard amongst many others.