Anton Hunter is a composer and improviser living in Manchester. He leads the 11-piece Article XI band as well as his own trio, both with records on Efpi Records. Also ongoing is a duo with baritone saxophonist Cath Roberts called Ripsaw Catfish, Cath’s quintet Sloth Racket, the trio Beck Hunters and a myriad of other different ensembles, ad hoc and otherwise. He is perhaps still better known for his work as guitarist in the Beats & Pieces Big Band, a group he is a founder member of and who continue to defy the odds simply by gigging as a 14 piece jazz ensemble in the UK and Europe. In 2017 he was commissioned by LUME to create a new set of music for octet and received a small commission for Club Inégales as part of the London Jazz Festival. He manages to fit all this in around his busy schedule of being outraged on Twitter where he can be found @HunterAnton.
Article XI started life as a commission by the Manchester Jazz Festival to create an hour-long suite of music for the 2014 festival. The 11-piece ensemble features improvisation at it’s core, aiming to draw the personalities of the musicians into the final outcome. Improvisation is at the core of everything he does and in 2007 he formed free-improvisation organisation The Noise Upstairs. Initially a meeting place and jam session for improvisers, it is still going strong almost a decade later, and has grown to include occasional festivals and workshops on a range of subjects.
In 2014 he was a “Sound and Music New Voice” – more information on which is here.
He teaches guitar and improvisation in schools and universities as well as privately, visit the contact page if you are interested in lessons, or to book a workshop or similar.
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