Graham Clark

Graham Clark has been playing jazz on violin professionally since 1982. He cut his jazz teeth while living in Bristol and London in the 1980s, by sitting in evertwhere. From 1988 – 1992 he was a member of cult psychedelic jazz-rock band “GONG”, touring extensively in France, Italy and the UK, and recording several albums. Based in NW England since 1996, Graham is a regular player on the thriving Manchester jazz scene. In 2003, Graham did a solo improvisation tour supporting the American “No-Neck Blues Band” (Paris, Amsterdam, London). Also performed with Bryan Glancy, supporting David Gray, amongst many other shows. Graham also plays with ‘TOOLSHED,’ an experimental fusion of techno and big band jazz led by Graham Massey, of 808 State. In 2004 he performed with Toolshed for a Radio Three broadcast from Belfast, as part of the BBC Music Live festival. He has also been seen with Jah Wobble, Lamb, Elbow, La Timbala, Salsa Pa’Gozar, & Liz Fletcher, amongst others. Graham continues to give both solo and collaborative improvised performances. Current projects include a free improvising string quartet, a guitar bass and violin trio, and a book on approaches to improvisation, drawing on over twenty years of teaching experience combined with a knowliedge of cognitive psychology. In October 2004, Graham recorded a series of improvised duets with US violinist Mark Feldman. These were broadcast in February 2005 on Radio 3’s “Mixing it”. Most recently, GC was the solo Electric Violinist for the Jean-Claude Vannier concert at the Barbican on 21st October 2006, with Big Jim Sullivan, Vic Flick, Herbie Flowers and Dougie Wright, as well as the BBC Concert Orchestra and Crouch End Festival Chorus.