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Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra

"One of the best large improvising ensembles in the world" Jazz on 3
"Quite astonishingly brilliant" Jazz Wise

Cliona is a member of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra - a large improvising ensemble of around 20 musicians from diverse artistic backgrounds ranging from free improvisation, jazz, classical, folk, pop and experimental music to performance art.



“Premier league of the European improvisation scene” Sudeutsche Zeitung

Since its inaugural project in 2002 the Orchestra has established an international reputation and garnered critical acclaim for its innovative projects and its exploration of improvised music.  A host of collaborations with world renowned improvisers and other ensembles have expanded the band’s artistic horizons and given rise to musical connections throughout the world. To date they have released six CDs.

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra perform in venues around the UK and Europe and have now established their own annual festival in Glasgow which provides a platform for improvising musicians and artists.  Alongside their composing, recording and performing activities they are committed to an ongoing programme of education and outreach activities including workshops, lectures and master classes.

"Alive with the intimate ebb and flow that marks the best examples of the form" The Independent
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