John Russell got his first guitar in 1965 while living in
Kent and began to play in and around London from 1971
An early involvement with the emerging free improvisation
scene (from 1972) followed, seeing him play in such places
as The Little Theatre Club, Ronnie Scott’s, The Institute
of Contemporary Arts, The Musicians’ Co-Op and the London
From 1974 his work extended into teaching, broadcasts
(radio and television) and touring in the United Kingdom
and, ever extensively, in other countries around the world .
He has played with many of the world’s leading improvisers
and his work can be heard on over 50 CDs.
In 1981, he founded QUAQUA, a large bank of improvisers put
together in different combinations for specific projects
and, in 1991, he started MOPOMOSO which has become the UK’s
longest running concert series featuring mainly improvised