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GANNETS emerged onto the UK's improvised music scene several years ago, playing their initial gigs in around 2004 at Hugh Metcalfe's legendary Klinker Club - home to alternative cabaret, DIY cinema and free jazz in North London. At around the same time, keyboardist and guitarist Fyfe DANGERFIELD also formed the pop band Guillemots who subsequently signed to Polydor (Universal Music). Guillemots shared GANNETS' clarinet and sax section Chris CUNDY and Alex WARD for the first few years, and although the two bands served entirely different functions for DANGERFIELD, a mutual coexistence of pop and experimental music became an important aspect to both projects in varying degrees. CUNDY had met DANGERFIELD whilst working on a piano-bar job at a Cheltenham nightclub, and the pair soon recognised a shared passion for unconventional performance which manifested itself in a variety of guises, including their duo The Executive Caveman which served as an experimental hip hop outfit for a number of thankless open mic nights. After a short stint in LA trailing West Hollywood's little known improvised music scene, the pair returned to the UK for a Jazz Services funded tour of an expanded outfit called Transmissions of Not, which featured bassist Aristazabal Hawkes who would later join Guillemots.

Drummer Steve NOBLE and clarinettist Alex WARD form a duo that goes back several years. They appeared on Derek Bailey's TV documentary On the Edge, first shown on Channel Four in 1992. NOBLE and WARD were also featured artists at a number of Derek Bailey's Company Week festivals, and both were involved with various improvised groups of his as well as appearing on many recording projects for the Incus label. Just prior to the formation of GANNETS, Steve NOBLE had invited CUNDY and DANGERFIELD to perform at the London Musicians' Collective annual free festival held at Conway Hall, in what was to become the last performance by Transmissions of Not.

Bassist Dominic LASH had been introduced to Alex WARD whilst living in Oxford, where he was active in helping to resurrect the Oxford Improvisers' Collective. LASH soon made his entrance onto the London scene where he met DANGERFIELD while he was formulating songs that would ultimately become part of the Guillemots oeuvre. LASH joined GANNETS after the band's first few shows, replacing double bassist John Edwards. By this time they had established themselves within a deeply rooted free improvisation tradition, injecting th...
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