David Birchall is a guitarist, free improviser, composer and organiser living in Manchester, UK.

He has performed in the UK, Europe, Russia, Palestine, USA & Japan. He has undertaken artist residencies at The Penthouse (2014, Manchester, UK) and Beppu Project (2017, Beppu, JP). His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 6 Music, SWR in Germany, WFMU in the US & ABC in Australia.

He plays in the free form rock band Historically Fucked with Otto Willberg, Odie Ji Ghast & Alex Pierce, This Friend Ship Is Sailing with Maggie Nicols, Odie Ji Ghast & Sam Andreae, Spacefood with Adam Fairhall & Johnny Hunter and Bathing Trio with Sam Andreae & Otto Willberg, Minimum Wage Immanence Unit with Adam Fairhall and Michael Perrett, alongside other many other musicians in both ad hoc and ongoing situations, see performances for past live work.

He organises the Curious Ear series for improvised music in Manchester which he co-founded with Andrew Cheetham in 2017.

He works as part of sound art duo Noise Orchestra with Vicky Clarke developing light to sound electronics for performance and installation. Noise Orchestra installations & workshops have been shown at Manchester Science Festival (Manchester UK), The Museum of 20C. Art (MAXXI Rome IT), The V&A (London, UK) and The National Media Museum (Bradford, UK). They have undertaken artist residencies at Q02 (Brussels, BE) STEIM (Amsterdam, NE) Pervasive Media Studios (Bristol, UK) and Fondazione Media Digitale (Rome, IT).

He has a BA in Enghlish Literature from The University of Manchester, a PGDE in post 16 education from The University of Bolton and an MA in Music (by Research) from The University of Huddersfield

He's still convinced the practical musical experiences of free improvisation and consensus/dialogue social forms it models offer us one of the best ways through all this.

You can contact him about gigs, outdoor performed walking improvisations, recording, teaching, workshops, poster design and advice + support on grant applications at:

davidmbirchall at gmail dot com