Composer and multi-instrumentalist John Surman is a key figure in a generation of European jazz musicians who crucially expanded the international horizons of jazz during the last three decades of the twentieth century and is currently at the height of his considerable powers. A stalwart of the ECM record label, and long acknowledged as an improviser of world class, he is composer of a body of work that extends far beyond the perceived boundaries of the jazz repertoire.
An exceptionally versatile musician who has showcased his instrumental prowess in many contexts, notably his work with Chris Laurence and Trans4mation. Surman’s solo albums may be the best sources for insights into his melodic imagination. His recent ECM record "Saltash Bells" was inspired by the West Country of his English childhood, memories of special places, and sounds. Critically acclaimed, it was also awarded the highly-coveted Album of the Year award at the 2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. His choral composition "Lifelines" won the BASCA award for Jazz composition of the year in 2014.