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date: 09 December 2019

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  • Simon Adams


(b Kampala, Uganda, Aug 5, 1944). British violinist. His father was a German ethnomusicologist who went to Uganda to escape Hitler’s persecution. He took up violin at the age of nine, then the following year left Uganda and later studied music in England (gaining a BA at Durham University), the USA (1965–6), and Paris (with Nadia Boulanger, 1968–9) and taught at Durham University (1969–70). In 1971 he formed the group Chamberpot, which drew on many sources, including the music of Anton Webern, and from that time concentrated on free improvisation, developing the use of electronics as an integrated extension of the technical capabilities of the violin. Among the jazz musicians and groups with whom he has worked are Derek Bailey (1973–) and Bailey’s group Company (1982–6), a trio with Paul Lytton and Radu Malfatti (1974–5), another with Howard Riley and Barry Guy (recording ...

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I. Carr, D. Fairweather, and B. Priestley: Jazz: the Rough Guide (London, 1995, rev. and enlarged 2/2000)