Belonging to the generation of British improvisers that came right after that of Derek Bailey, John Stevens, and Evan Parker, Peter Cusack is often overlooked. It has much to do with the fact that he has split his career three ways between improvising guitarist, sound archivist, and organizer, although one could easily argue the three activities are in his case inseparable. He is mostly known as a member of the influential quartet Alterations, the composer of field and wildlife recording-based albums like Where Is the Green Parrot? and Your Favorite London Sounds, and an early architect of the London Musicians' Collective. Cusack began to play guitar in the free improvising London in the early '70s. One of his first working groups consisted of a duo with clarinetist Simon Mayo named A Touch of the Sun. He made his first "major" ...
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