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The members of Murmansk met at an improv workshop hosted by Eddie Prevost, percussionist with AMM in late 2001. Ever since, Murmansk have met semi-regularly to record their improvisations and play in churches, theatres, galleries and pubs around Ireland.
The members of Murmansk coalesced into the expanding Deserted Village collective and label. The members of Murmansk are multi-instrumentalists continuously refining their approach to making music. Acoustic and electric, analogue and digital, found objects prepared and home made instruments and good old-fashioned extended technique are all employed in a Murmansk performance.
The six members of Murmansk are all involved in a diverse range of other projects and come from different backgrounds; some have studied modern composition, jazz and others are self-taught. This enriches the music and creates tensions in the performances, which can be resolved in unexpected ways or not at all.