Alex Ward Alex Ward

Alex Ward was born in 1974. He is a composer, improviser, and performing musician. His primary instruments are clarinet and guitar, and he has also performed in public and on recordings on alto sax, piano/keyboards, bass guitar, and as a vocalist. He was based in Oxford from 1992-2000, and since then has lived in London.

His involvement in freely improvised music dates back to 1986, when he met the guitarist Derek Bailey. As an improviser, he was initially principally a clarinettist (sometimes also playing alto sax), but since 2000 he has also been active as an improvising guitarist. Both as a clarinettist and guitarist, his longest-standing collaborations in the field of improvised music have been with the drummer Steve Noble.

From 1993 to 2001, most of his activity as a composer took place in collaboration with Benjamin Hervé, mainly in the context of the rock band Camp Blackfoot. From 2002-2005, his writing was mostly done solo, and was primarily focused on songs. Since 2006, he has been heavily involved in both solo and collaborative composition, predominantly (though not exclusively) of instrumental music. His main writing and performance vehicle during this time has been Dead Days Beyond Help, a duo with drummer Jem Doulton. Other bands he currently leads include Predicate and Alex Ward & The Dead Ends.

He has been a member of many other groups including ensembles led by Eugene Chadbourne, Simon H

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Alex Ward Concerts

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Alex Ward, Sean Noonan
Vortex Jazz Club
London, UK

Albums by Alex Ward

Album Doors by Alex Ward


Copepod Records

Album Volition (Live at Café Oto) by Alex Ward

Volition (Live at...

Copepod Records

Album Steeped by Alex Ward


Relative Pitch Records

Album Glass Shelves and Floor by Alex Ward

Glass Shelves and...

Copepod Records

Album Projected / Entities / Removal by Alex Ward

Projected / Entities...

Copepod Records

Album Bad Folds by Alex Ward

Bad Folds

Copepod Records



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