Barry Guy

04 Ben&Barry2ABarry Guy is an innovative bass player and composer whose creative diversity in the fields of jazz improvisation, chamber and orchestral performance and solo recitals is the outcome both of an unusually varied training and a zest for experimentation, underpinned by a dedication to the double bass and the ideal of musical communication. He is founder and Artistic Director of the London Jazz Composers Orchestra and the Barry Guy New Orchestra for which he has written several extended works. His concert works for chamber orchestras, chamber groups and soloists have been widely performed internationally. Guy regularly performs throughout Europe and maintains close collaborations with leading international musicians at the forefront of improvised, baroque and contemporary music performance. His current regular ensembles are the Homburger/Guy duo, the Parker/Guy duo, piano trios with Marilyn Crispell and Paul Lytton, Paul Plimley and Lucas Niggli and the AURORA trio with Agusti Fernandez and Ramon Lopez. He continues the longstanding trio with Evan Parker and Paul Lytton as well as projects with Mats Gustafsson.

Photograph: Brian Farrell. Barry Guy (right) and Benjamin Dwyer at J.J. Smyth’s Bar, Dublin, 1 November 2006.

See also:

Selected works

Five Fizzles (1991)


After the Rain (1992)


Celebration (1994)



Five Fizzles

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With Mats Gustafsson

The Barry Guy New Orchestra

Further reading

Benjamin Dwyer, “Dios los cría…” in Music and Literature, Vol. 4: (