Steve Beresford

Steve Beresford (b. 1950) lives and works in London Steve Beresford has been an integral part of many different strands of the UK's innovative music scenes since the mid 70s, and within free improvisation has remained dedicated to the principle of group interaction. As a founder member of the London Improvisers Orchestra (now in its 14th year and playing together every month) he has contributed to the creation of numerous new musical relationships within London and internationally. He also performs within small groups and solo and has previously worked with violinist Satoko Fukuda, saxophonist John Butcher, singer Elaine Mitchener, a trio with bassist Guillaume Viltard and percussionist Roger Turner and many others. A recent development in his work has been a re-examination of the work of John Cage, through the perspectives of free improvisation and comedy, with pianist Tania Chen and stand-up comedian Stewart Lee (Indeterminacyperformed in several London venues in autumn 2012); and he recently contributed to Christian Marclay's video and improvised music piece Every Day (premiered at Snape Maltings and performed in the Ruhrtriennale September the 2012 and in the Ether festival on the South Bank in October 2012).

Steve Beresford | I am thrilled and discombobulated to be the recipient of this award. I'm also very happy to see practitioners of free improvisation being acknowledged by Hamlyn.