Ed Williams is a guitarist, harpsichordist and composer exploring the interstice between early music practices, free improvisation and experimental composition. Active in the underground experimental music scene in Marseille, France since 2015, his language involves noise as a tool for unfolding and breaking down the sonic elements inherent in Western notions of musical coherence.
He holds ABRSM Grade 8 in Harpsichord and Classical Guitar and graduated his Bachelor of Music with a First from Edinburgh University. He received the composition diploma “en Cycle Spécialisé” from the CNRR of Marseille and continued studies in Maxime Barthélémy’s Electroacoustic Composition class at the Cité de la Musique. He is currently studying under Andrea Neumann and Alfred Zimmerlin at the Hochschule für Musik, Basel, for the MA Open Creation. He has curated several concert series in Marseille and participated in founding various free improvisation outfits, touring Europe and North America with these and other projects.
His podcast Echo Chamber (2017-2019) explored the aspects of the different experiences experimental musicians develop in their relation to composition, improvised performance, and the ethereal quality of musical creation in general.
He currently translates texts for contemporary music publisher Maison ONA, including the 32-CD double box set of music by Denis Dufour.
SOLO / Split Releases
GRAND 8 ENSEMBLE
HEARD OF BEARS
Contact: edwardjpwilliams [at] gmail [dot] com