Ed Williams is a harpsichordist, guitarist and composer roaming the interstices between early music practices, noise improvisation and experimental composition.
Currently based between Marseille, France, and Basel, Switzerland, he is working with instruments such as microtonal organ, amplified harpsichords and viola da gamba on open compositions that combine 16th-century improvisation methods with the contemporary performance practice called Real-Time Composition in an attempt to explore care- and risk-taking collaborative processes through deep, iterative exploration of tones and timbres.
He has released music on Editions Wandelweiser, Creative Sources, Insub. Records, Tombed Visions, and plays with the Insub Meta Orchestra and Unorthodox Jukebox Orchestra. He has toured Europe and North America with improvised music projects such as TANDEM, Multiversal and his own guitar solo project. His podcast Echo Chamber (2017-2020) dealt with the philosophical, social and emotional aspects of experimental music-making.
He holds ABRSM Grade 8 in Harpsichord and Classical Guitar and studied composition at the University of Edinburgh before going on to electroacoustic and chamber composition at the Marseille Conservatory. He translates texts for French new music publishers Maison ONA and Artchipel, as well as contributing to the translation of Ensemble UN’s Méandre(s) project.
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DECOMPOSITION STUDY for ARCIORGANO
Contact: edwardjpwilliams [at] gmail [dot] com