Alison Blunt, Benedict Taylor and David Leahy

Alison Blunt Trio

All established artists in the experimental new music scene and members of the London Improvisers Orchestra, Alison Blunt, Benedict Taylor and David Leahy have enjoyed playing together in various combinations for many years.

A shared passion for string orientated improvising led to the initiation in 2012 of an explorative ensemble, Burning Wood,  with Chicago based artist Renee Baker. A compilation of Burning Wood recordings ranging from trio to sextet configurations will be released later this year. This year they are embarking on several projects in higher education institutions including Goldsmiths, University of London and the Royal College of Music, giving guest seminar/workshops and working with composition students to explore improvised music and the relationship between improvisation and composition. 

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Anyone wanting to experience just how engaging a contemporary improvising ensemble can be should aim to hear this ensemble, they are remarkable.” London based pianist, improviser and composer, Christopher Wilson on Burning Wood in concert in Dalston, 2011

Alison Blunt

After a classical violin training at Birmingham Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Blunt’s fascination with sound, motion and space has led her into solo and collaborative projects nationally and internationally, exploring the boundaries between art forms and genres and creating, performing and recording new work.

She works internationally with a diverse array of improvising artists, performing regularly with London and Berlin Improvisers Orchestras, Barrel, Barcode Quartet, Hanam Quintet, Burning Wood, Lode, Pieretten Ensemble and many ‘ad hoc’ improvising ensembles. Other collaborators include: with Apocryphal Theatre, Apartment House, Renee Baker, John Bisset, Adam Bohman, Javier Carmona, Lawrence Casserley, Viv Corringham, Guy Dartnell, John Edwards, Sue Ferrar, Pete Flood, Flow Motion, Fluxx Theatre Company, Annette Giesriegl, Kay Grant, Sylvia Hallett, Elisabeth Harnik, Tristan Honsinger, Juun, Ivor Kallin, Anna Kaluza, Julie Kjaer, Josef Klammer, Caroline Kraabel, Dominic Lash, David Leahy, Tony Marsh, Hannah Marshall, Marcio Mattos, Neil Metcalfe, Adrian Northover, Orphy Robinson, John Russell, Noura Sanatian, Mark Sanders, Ian Smith, Tasos Stamou, Joel Stern, Benedict Taylor, Ricardo Tejero, Dave Tucker, Jackie Walduck, Ute Wassermann, Els Vanderweyer, Veryan Weston & Michael Zerang.

Recent releases include You’re It with Barcode Quartet (released with SLAM Productions, 2012), Gratuitous Abuse with Barrel (released with EMANEM, 2011), Quartet Improvisations with Tony Marsh, Hannah Marshall and Neil Metcalfe (released with psi records, 2011).

”Alison Blunt’s playing is unique. Eerie, gut-ripping rattles and chokes from hell are interrupted by ringing notes of heavenly hope. I have never heard anything like it…” Jeffery Taylor, Sunday Express 29.1.12



Benedict Taylor

Benedict Taylor is a London based violist, specialising in contemporary music and improvisation. He performs and records throughout the UK, Europe and Asia as a soloist and ensemble performer with improvisation groups, new music ensembles, electroacoustic groups and full orchestras, in many of the worlds leading festivals and venues. As a collaborative artist, he works with individual composers, modern dance and theatre companies, visual & sonic artists and filmmakers.  Benedict also works as a composer, with work for several award winning art-house films being heard at international film festivals including Venice, Rotterdam, London, Tokyo & Toronto.



David Leahy

David Leahy has been resident in the UK since 1998, and is a regular performer as both an improvising musician (double bass) and dancer on the free improvised music and contact improvisation scenes. Some of the artists and groups that he is currently involved with include; the London Improvisers Orchestra (since 1999), Burning Wood (New String Music Ensemble), Lode (improvisational string duo), SichtLautTrio with Geraldo Si (dancer). Added to this, he is currently composing and preparing music for three UK based choreographers and is enrolled on the MA programme at TrinityLaban.

As a workshop facilitator and teacher, David likes to focus on the interplay between music and movement. With the ultimate aim being to broaden the creative potentials of both musicians and dancers, so that a level of understanding and expertise is shared across the two disciplines. His involvement in Contact Improvisation has led him to being both an accompanist and facilitator of Nancy Stark Smith's Underscore. 

Significant collaborations and/or work engagements in the past have included; A commission (with Lode) from the Royal Maritime Museum to respond musically to there film archive (2012),Dance N' Bass festival, with SichtLautTrio (Gotteborg 2011),  Conductor and soloist with the Wuppertal Improvisers Orchestra (2011 and 2006), The Pioneers (music in theatre project toured nationally and to NZ, 2007-09), Fevered Sleep Theatre Company (8 projects since 2004), Guest conductor of FOCA (Madrid, 2006), and Trestle Theatre Company (’Tonight We Fly'). 


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