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Barry Guy

Born: 1947

Nationality: British

Publisher: Novello & Co

Born in 1947, Barry Guy is an innovative double bass player and composer. His creative diversity in the fields of jazz improvisation, solo recitals, chamber and orchestral performance is the outcome of an unusually varied training and a zest for experimentation, underpinned by a dedication to the double bass and the ideal of musical communication. He is founder and Artistic Director of the London Jazz Composers Orchestra for which he has written several extended works.

Guy frequently writes for musicians and ensembles with whom he has a close working relationship. As a result, commissions arrive from chamber orchestras, chamber groups and soloists interested in contemporary musical performance with a special commitment to communicating with the audience. Guy's works have a sense of freshness without recourse to ideological excesses or scores that baffle players to the extent that performance becomes a trial. The scores, however, are virtuosic, and as a performer himself, Guy is ideally placed to assess and exploit the possibilities of innovative sonorities using extended instrumental techniques.
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