Gavin Bryars first came to be recognised in professional music realms as a jazz bassist working with improvisers Derek Bailey and Tony Oxley in the 1960s. He subsequently collaborated with John Cage and Cornelius Cardew and was instrumental in founding the legendary Portsmouth Sinfonia. Bryars’ first major work as a composer The Sinking of the Titanic in 1969, which was released by Brian Eno’s Obscure Records in 1975 and remixed by Aphex Twin as Raising the Titanic in 1994. Bryars has collaborated with many artists and choreographers including Merce Cunningham, William Forsythe and Christian Boltanski.
Although also working in performance and audio, he is most known for his figurative works and large scale installations with which he explored size and space; notably Double Bind, the second Unilever commission for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. Showing early on in his career at the ICA and the Lisson Gallery, London, Muñoz went on to exhibit internationally.
Since his death, there have been major retrospective exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Tate Modern and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.