Swindon, Britain (UK)
Gary Bamford is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from the south-west of the UK. He produces 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, arranges, performs and teaches.
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, Dave Goodier, Jerry Crozier-Cole, Scott Hammond, Rob Brian and Gary Alesbrook. Jadj was co-produced with Jim Barr (Portishead/Get The Blessing) and was described by Musician magazine thusly – “ …Sheer musicality at every turn. Stunning.” The album is a mainly instrumental, eclectic mix of dark funk, modern jazz, ambient sounds, dirty rock and classical crossover, all decorated with evocative samples.
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, Peter Blegvad, Jen Olive, 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.
2014 sees Gary planning a second compilation of pieces and recording demos for his third album.
The musicians that contributed to the music on this profile (in addition to Gary) are; Ruth Hammond, Dave Goodier, Jerry Crozier-Cole, Scott Hammond, Rob Brian, Ian Taylor, Valere Speranza, Amy Cullum, Richard Couldridge, Simon Couldridge, Rosie Couldridge, Fiona Murphy, Andy Keep, Tracey Absalom, Gemma Hill, Gary Alesbrook and The Nathan Jones Big Band.