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Internationally known as a free improviser on piano and electronics, Steve Beresford has also scored feature films and music for TV and commercials.

Steve has worked with hundreds of musicians, including The Slits, Han Bennink, Christine Tobin, Ivor Cutler, Prince Far-I, Alan Hacker, Ray Davies, Ilan Volkov, David Toop, Najma Akhtar, Evan Parker, Adrian Sherwood, The Flying Lizards, Otomo Yoshihide and John Zorn and has an extensive discography.

He was born in Wellington, Shropshire in 1950. In 1974 he moved to London, playing piano with improvisers like Derek Bailey and also trumpet with the notorious Portsmouth Sinfonia, which included Brian Eno and Gavin Bryars.

He has had a long association with Swiss artist/musician Christian Marclay, performing realisations of Marclay's 'Screen Play', 'Ephemera', 'Graffiti Composition', 'Shuffle', 'Pianorama' and 'Everyday', sometimes solo and sometimes with groups.

2014 sees the third tour of 'Indeterminacy', in which comedian Stewart Lee reads one-minute stories by John Cage whilst Beresford and fellow pianist Tania Chen play music.

Beresford plays with and conducts the London Improvisers Orchestra every month. He also regularly collaborates with musicians such as Elaine Mitchener, Blanca Regina, John Butcher, Satoko Fukuda and Shabaka Hutchings, playing at venues like Café Oto in Dalston, London.

Steve was awarded a Paul Hamlyn award for composers in 2012.

Steve continues to perform experimental music internationally and organise and perform on the very active London scene. He regularly gets commissions for sleeve notes from a number of record labels.

He has been conductor and pianist for The London Improvisers Orchestra since its inception ten years ago. The line-up includes saxophonist Evan Parker, trumpeter Harry Beckett, drummer Tony Marsh, pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole, and others.

He has collaborated with many improvisers, including Satoko Fukuda (violin), Jason Yarde (saxophones), Lukas Simonis and John Coxon (guitars), Roger Turner and Mark Sanders (drums), Alan Tomlinson (trombone), Leila Adu (voice, piano), Hannah Marshall (cello), Sharon Gal (voice), and many others.

2012

Imaginary landscapes (2012)
Beresford, S. 2012. Imaginary landscapes. Royal Albert Hall, London

2011

Indeterminacy (2011)
Beresford, S. 2011. Indeterminacy. The Purcell Room, London

2009

Ephemera (2009)
Beresford, S. 2009. Ephemera. Louvre Auditorium, Paris

2007

Forest of no return (2007)
Willner, H., Joines, G., Murphy, R., Allen, M., Bernstein, S., Beresford, S. and Newmark, A. 2007. Forest of no return. Royal Festival Hall
Screenplay (2007)
Marclay, C., Butcher, J., Lovenes, P., Turner, R. and Beresford, S. 2007. Screenplay. Bush Hall, London
Ray Davies and Friends (2007)
Beresford, S. 2007. Ray Davies and Friends. Roundhouse, London
Simon H. Fell's 'Composition No. 75: Positions & Descriptions' (2007)
Batchelor, C., Beresford, S., Berne, T., Burgess, J., Davies, R., Denley, J., Joseph, P., Morris, J., Royannais, D., Rundell, C., Sanders, M., Sparling, A., Thomas, P., Tsuji, M., Ward, A. and Fell, S.H. 2007. Simon H. Fell's 'Composition No. 75: Positions & Descriptions'. Huddersfield, UK

2005

Graffiti composition: screenplay (2005)
Beresford, S., Butcher, J., Lovenes, P. and Marclay, C. 2005. Graffiti composition: screenplay. St. Luke’s, London

2002

Whistle concert (2002)
Beresford, S. and Newman, H. 2002. Whistle concert. IKON Gallery, Birmingham

2006

Introduction (2006)
Beresford, S. 2006. Introduction. in: Schwarz, B. (ed.) The sound of squirrel meals: the work of Lol Coxhill Hamburg, Germany Blackpress.

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