tenor sax/soprano sax/flute
hargreaves is a Liverpool-based instrumentalist and composer working in
the field of improvised and experimental music.
I began playing as a guitarist in a punk band in the West
Midlands, where i grew up, before moving to Liverpool at the age of
twenty and buying a tenor sax, both decisions that would radically
shape the rest of my life. Initially i was involved in Liverpool's
pop scene, recording John Peel sessions with Personal Column, but
eventually i moved via streetband work into the jazz field.
playing fusion and dinner jazz, i finally found the area where i
could fully combine my talents, interests and influences, in
improvised music, an area first stimulated by work with Peshkar
theatre, and my subsequent study of Indian music with Aziz Zeria in
I played with
guitarist Phil Morton in the duo Bonehouse, and also helped establish
the Frakture club in Liverpool, a club space for improvised and
experimental music. Highlights of bonehouse's playing career included
playing w/Derek Bailey and Lol Coxhill. Arising out of the Frakture
work, the Frakture Big Band was a loose grouping of improvising
musicians based in and around Liverpool, mostly playing phil hargreaves
compositions - their collaboration with Simon H Fell was one of the
highlights of the 1999 Frakture Festival.
In 2001 i
premiered the Dislocation Sermons, a major work in collaboration with
poet Dinesh Allirajah, and performed by an augmented version of the
Frakture Big Band. That year
also saw the release of trees, a first CD release from amere3, a trio
of phil, simon fell on bass and rob dainton on drums.
the premier of the chaos concerto, for large improvising group and
creative soloist, featuring Evan Parker and the Frakture Big Band, and
also the release of a double CD of 'postal duets' with North Carolina
guitarist Bret Hart.
due to mental health problems i stopped playing saxophone, but
eventually finished two ongoing projects, duets albums with Caroline
Kraabel and Lee Noyes. Since then i have finished a further postal duet with Glenn Weyant, playing cello and singing.
In the summer of 2007 i took up the saxophone again, and recorded 'musick for two machines' with Barry Chabala.
the release of 'Imperfect Silence', a compilation CD of contributions
to the 'cadavre esquis' website that i curate; 2010 will see the
release of 'Human', with Maggie Nicols, 'Graculus', a duo CD with
guitarist Richard Harding, and a second amere3 CD.
Click (nerve technologies, 1998)
inc Yoko Ono & Lee Ranaldo: Trace - one, two-minute track
(Audio Research Editions, 1999)
amere3: trees (whi music, 2001)
phil hargreaves/bret hart: the greater part of what my
neighbors call good i know in my heart to be bad (whi music 2002)
caroline kraabel/phil hargreaves:
where we were: shadows of liverpool (leo records 2004)
phil hargreaves/lee noyes:
a present from the pickpocket (whi music 2005)
An Experiment in Blind Chaos Group Theory free DADA Coincidence Volume
One (whi music 2006)
phil hargreaves/glenn weyant: Friday Morning Everywhere (whi music 2007)
barry chabala/phil hargreaves: Musick for Two Machines (whi music 2008)
Various: Sountrack for a Mersey Tunnel (ltd edition CD, 2008)
Various: Imperfect Silence (whi music 2009)
done by an audience member at an FBB gig. thanks, Amy!