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gary bamford

Gary Bamford is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from the South West of the UK. He creates music in various styles, including jazz, funk, contemporary classical and alternative rock. Having studied at the City of Leeds College of Music, Gary returned to the South West, where he writes, performs, records, arranges and teaches.
As a pianist, bassist, trumpeter and guitarist, Gary has worked in various musical settings, including punk/rock bands, orchestras, funk/soul bands, big bands, jazz trios/quartets, theatre and as a soloist. With his trio, he has backed the likes of Bobby Wellins, Paul Dunmall and Derek Nash, and supported Jamie Cullum. He has also worked with such musicians as Colin Moulding/Terry Chambers (XTC), Gilad Atzmon (Ian Dury And The Blockheads, Pink Floyd), Clive Deamer (Portishead, Radiohead), Jim Barr (Portishead, Get The Blessing), Robin Mullarkey (Jacob Collier, Katie Melua), Jake McMurchie (Get The Blessing, Michelson Morley) and Innes Sibun (Robert Plant).
In 2005, Gary’s debut album, 'Jadj', was released on his own Kintu Records label. The album contains 26 original compositions penned during the previous decade and features Gary with, among others, Ruth Hammond (Morcheeba, Brass Junkies), Dave Goodier (Jethro Tull, Lesley Garrett), Jerry Crozier-Cole (Elliott Randall, Pee Wee Ellis), Scott Hammond (Jethro Tull, Herb Geller), Rob Brian (Siouxsie Sioux, Peter Gabriel) and Gary Alesbrook (Kasabian, Tom Jones). 'Jadj' was co-produced with Jim Barr and was described as "Stunning” by Musician magazine.
Between 2009 and 2012, Gary retreated from the music scene due to ill health, but towards the end of this period compiled a book of original compositions entitled 'Twenty Five Pieces For Solo Piano'. The pieces range in difficulty from grades one to eight and stylistically include preludes, nocturnes, impressionism and minimalism. The book is published by Acer Press.
In the autumn of 2013, Gary returned to the studio to record his second album, 'Soundtrack To Breathing'. Co-produced, mixed and mastered by Lighterthief’s Stuart Rowe (Andy Partridge, Future Sound Of London), this release dwells in an area where classical minimalism, electronica and new age converge. The Musician magazine says “…the feel is relaxed yet an underlying tension captivates.” 'Soundtrack To Breathing' was released on Kintu Records in December 2013.
In August 2015, Gary released his third album, 'Restrop Wood'. A duo project with long time collaborator Ruth Hammond, 'Restrop Wood' is a double album, consisting of eighteen original compositions. Engineered, mixed and mastered by Jim Barr's stablemate Jeff Spencer (Crocodile, Bristol Composers Collective), it sees Gary returning to the contemporary jazz style of much of 'Jadj', mainly features piano and tenor saxophone, and is largely reflective in mood.
In late 2015, Gary began collaborating with Wrong Shoes theatre company and in 2016 completed the score for their devised piece 'An Account of a Savage', which sold out and received positive reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In the same year, Gary's trio (with Rob Brian on drums and Al Swainger on basses) recorded their debut album, 'God, Love and Other Myths'. Released in 2017, the album is a hybrid of funk, rock, jazz and prog. Described by artrockin.com as being a "joyous journey of superb music....top shelf writing...the chemistry is astounding".
Also in 2017, Gary was commissioned by the Gemma Short School of Dance to compose a piece for piano and four dancers. 'Seed' was written and choreographed to include a grand piano within the movement, and premiered on March 18th 2017.
On June 19th, Gary released his first download-only track; 'The Imminent Assassination Of President Donald J. Trump'. With an accompanying video, created using images collected from the internet, Gary was delighted with the negative responses it received.
In 2018, Gary again collaborated with Wrong Shoes. 'The Unbinding', a tale of four women held captive in a church basement, was devised from extensive research into accusations of witchcraft over the centuries, and was again well received in Edinburgh.
2018 also saw Gary join TC&I, a project featuring Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers of XTC , with Steve Tilling on guitar. The band performed at Swindon's Arts Centre in the autumn, for six sell out dates.
Gary finished the year by releasing The Final Christmas; a festive orchestral piece with apocalyptic overtones, released as a single download, with profits going to the British mental health charity MIND.

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