Jazz guitarist/composer Blake Wilner was born in Perth, Western Australia in 1973 and has been based in London since 1999. Before moving to the UK, Wilner spent time in New York where he studied with jazz greats Rufus Reid, Richie De Rosa, Mick Goodrick, Kenny Wessell and Jeff Ciampa. His time in New York inspired his 2000 album of original compositions, A Thought of NYU for which he was awarded an ARTSWA grant to record. Wilner's second album, The Bookshop, was released in 2002 and featured music composed and inspired whilst living in London. In 2003 and 2004 he led the quartet on highly acclaimed Arts Council of England sponsored tours of the UK, the second of which promoted the UK release of his third recording The Reprieve. Subsequently this CD reached the finals of the Sony International Jazz Competition for independent recordings. His third UK tour is scheduled for November/December 2006. In 2005, Wilner performed extensively as a freelance musician and made a return visit for two months to New York. He composed extensively during this period which led to the subsequent recording of the quartets fourth CD, Interloper. To be released in June 2006.
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