Bruce Coates


Bruce is a saxophonist who has performed and recorded with some of the world’s top improvisers including Paul Dunmall, John Edwards, Lol Coxhill, Mark Sanders. He is the co-founder of the Birmingham Improviser’s Orchestra (BIO) and the founder of FrImp, a regular meeting of improvising musicians.

Bruce has a BA(Hons) degree in Performing Arts and an MA by Research in Performance Studies, both from DeMontfort University. His academic specialisms are British and American Experimental Music, Improvised Music and Jazz.


Recordings include: 

(2007) SCHH (Bruce Coates/Christopher Hobbs/Mike Hurley/Walt Shaw). Murmurations. Birmingham: Octagonal Records OCTCD02

(2007) The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation. Doomjazz Future Corpses! Munich: Ad Nosieam adn81

(2007) Bruce Coates/Jamie Smith. In Lubenham. Leicester: Owlhouse Records OWLCD01

(2006) MisterLee. MisterLee is not a Lifestyle Sandwich. Leicester: Rubber Czech Records, MisterleeCD3

(2006) Bruce Coates/John Edwards/David Ryan. Warwick and London 2003. Birmingham: Octagonal Records OCTCD01

(2005) Paul Dunmall/Bruce Coates/Phil Gibbs/Hilary Jeffrey. Live at the Old Library. Worcester: Duns Edition DLE-043

(2003) Paul Dunmall/Bruce Coates. 19 Years Later. Worcester: Duns Edition DLE-035

Other Activities

Conference papers include:

White Light/White Noise – Visual art and Free Improvisation. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference of the Dutch-Flemish Society for Music Theory, Groningen (The Netherlands), 22-24 February 2007.

Relationships between Visual Art and Free Improvisation. Paper presented at the Royal Musical Association 42nd Annual Conference, Nottingham (UK), 11-14 July 2006.

The development and application of a method for the analysis of Linear Free Improvisation. Paper presented at the 4th European Music Analysis Conference, Rotterdam Conservatoire, Rotterdam, Netherlands. October 1999.