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