Simon Paton

Doctoral researcher


Simon is a composer, bassist, academic and promoter. He is commencing his PhD at Birmingham Conservatoire under the supervision of Ed Bennett and Seán Clancy, researching composition for improvising large ensembles within DIY and punk influenced contexts. He has previously studied electric bass and composition at University of West London with Paul Westwood and Eddie Harvey. Past projects he has been involved in include leading the prog-jazz group Selectric, punk-funk big band Pack of Wolves Arkestra and the acoustic-grindcore suite Gillberg Variations. As an improviser, he has performed with the likes of Nils Økland, Øyvind Skarbø, Chris Sharkey, Maria Chiara Argirò, Cath Roberts and regularly plays with Apocalypse Jazz Unit. Currently, he is working the groups Machete Squad, Phame and Huh? while performing several additional gigs of improvised music. His academic work has seen him present research at conferences throughout Europe. He is also the curator of Thinking/Not Thinking Fest – an all-day event celebrating musical juxtapositions.

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