I'm a composer and improviser. I play vibraphone, drums, and percussion , and make extensive use of electronics. my music draws on a wide range of influences - jazz, free improv, Americana, electronica and classical all feed into what I do.
Current projects include my trio Busnoys with Jeff Spencer and Trevor Davies, improvising group Kepler Orbit , a duo with noted improvising pianist Stephen Grew , and a duo with fellow vibraphonist Corey Mwamba.
I work regularly with contemporary dance, and have ongoing collaborations with choreographers Zamira Kate Mummery and Sharon Wray. I also have a longstanding collaborative partnership with visual artist Maria Hayes.
My music has been featured on BBC 6 Music "The Freak Zone", and on BBC Radio 3 Late Junction.
“Busnoys offer an intelligent, imaginative combination of vibes, bass guitar and drums. Recalling Gary Burton’s sixties group with Steve Swallow, this is a genuinely contemporary record that should appeal to new as well as established jazz fans”
JAZZ UK reviewing Busnoys’ debut album San Angelo.
“The beautiful sound of Busnoys.”
Fiona Talkington on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction
“One of those albums that seems to open a new door with each successive listen...
...a fascinating listening experience” Dave Sumner – Bird Is The Worm
Busnoys create beautiful and engaging soundworlds - evocative musical pictures, and imaginary soundtracks for stories old and new. A Busnoys performance will take listeners through a kaleidoscope of tales – some as ancient as the Arthurian legends, and the Greek myths, some as contemporary as the gritty novels of Cormac McCarthy - and paint portraits of tragic heroes, feisty heroines, and lovelorn poets.
Ostensibly a chamber jazz trio, the group’s musical palette is in fact much more wide ranging, drawing on classical composers, Americana, electronica, and the avant-garde to create a distinctive, colourful and highly engaging ensemble sound. Influences from within the jazz tradition include Eric Dolphy, Don Cherry, Walt Dickerson and Bill Frisell, and beyond that the band draw on things such as medieval vocal music, Stravinsky, the minimalist sound of Steve Reich, the quirky inventiveness of John Cage, the electronic flavours of the Radiophonic workshop, and the simple direct emotionalism of much Americana and country music. Beautiful melodies, extraordinary, magical sounds, and dynamic improvisational interplay are all vital ingredients in this unique band’s musical recipe.
The band is fronted by vibes player Martin Pyne, a passionate improviser who makes subtle use of electronics to take his instrument into unexpected sonic territories, as well occasionally throwing small percussion sounds and toy piano into the mix. He is joined by two musicians who have emerged from the wonderfully vibrant Bristol music scene, bassist Jeff Spencer, main man of The Resonation Big Band and now his London based ensemble Crocodile, and drummer Trevor Davies, who has accompanied many of the foremost soloists in the country. The trio's repertoire is based around Pyne’s striking compositions, which create strongly focused atmospheres for the players to explore through improvisation.
Busnoys photo by Sheryl Tait
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01784 438521 38 Strode St, Egham, Surrey tw20 9bx
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Martin Pyne’s tracks