Richard Gavin Bryars, 16 January 1943, Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. After studying philosophy and music, Bryars played bass in trio with Derek Bailey and Tony Oxley. Gaining recognition as a contemporary music composer, he studied briefly with John Cage before going on to collaborate with the Balanescu Quartet, Cornelius Cardew, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Charlie Haden, Evan Parker, Tom Waits, Ray Warleigh and John White. He was co-founder of Portsmouth Sinfonia, in which group he associated with Brian Eno. Among Bryars works are operas, including Medea, performed in Paris in 1984, and Doctor Oxs Experiment, for English National Opera in 1998. He has written string quartets, concertos, music for dance and multi-media groups, and vocal pieces, including madrigals, many for the Hilliard Ensemble. His cello concerto Farewell To Philosophy was recorded by Julian Lloyd Webber.
Since 1981, Bryars has toured internationally...