Alex Maguire has established himself as one of Britain’s most talented and exciting keyboard player, one who straddles across the boundaries of progressive rock (Hatfield and the North, Richard Sinclair’s RSVP, …), electric jazz (Psychic Warrior, Pip Pyle’s Bash, …) and improvised music (Evan Parker, Elton Dean, Alex Maguire-Michael Moore Duo, Tony Oxley, Han Bennink, …). His recent releases include the eponymously named and Portugal-based Wishful Thinking (Cleanfeed) and Alex Maguire Sextet’s Brewed in Belgium (Moonjune Records). Having studied with John Cage and Howard Riley he went on to perform, broadcast and record throughout Europe, the USA and Japan. He is currently working on a spoken word with piano set in collaboration with British novelist Jonathan Coe.
Michel Delville was born in Liege, Belgium. He has been performing and composing alternative music since the mid-1980s. His most recent projects include the internationally acclaimed Nu-Rock-Jazz quintet The Wrong Object (2003- ), a band which has collaborated with luminaries of British jazz such as Elton Dean, Harry Beckett and Annie Whitehead, and toured extensively throughout Europe. Their latest studio album, Stories from the Shed, released in 2008, has generated countless raving reviews in such leading publications as Jazzwise, Guitar Player, Musica Jazz and All About Jazz. Other recent projects include Belgian-Swiss punk-jazz combo TZGIV, Belgo-Dutch rock quintet The Moving Tones, Alex Maguire Sextet, and Ed Mann & Friends.
Tony Bianco was born in New York City. He has played and recorded with some of the most influential musicians of the international jazz scene, such as Dave Liebman, Evan Parker, Paul Dunmall, Elton Dean, Alex von Schlippenbach, Simon Picard, Reggie Workman, Paul Rutherford, Keith Tippett, Paul Rogers, Elliot Levine, Marcio Mattos, Luther Thomas, Jay Oliver and John Edwards. The sheer diversity of his discography reflects his need to be “loose and tense, free and strict” combine the sounds of straight and free jazz, closed and open form. His most recent releases include Vesuvius (Alex von Schlippenbach/Paul Dunmall/Paul Rogers/Tony Bianco; SLAM), Line Ish (Tony Bianco/Dave Liebman/Tony Marino; EMANEM) and In a Western Sense (33Records) as well as the more groovy and post-Milesian experiments of Free Beat (w. Elton Dean and John Wilkinson) and Monkey Dance (feat. Dave Liebman), on which he performs on drums, bass and piano.