Jim Denley (born 1957) is considered one of Australia’s foremost improvisers of new music with a career spanning over three decades. He started playing the flute at age 11, and later picked up the alto saxophone.
An emphasis on spontaneity, site-specific work and collaboration has been central to his work. He was recently awarded a Fellowship by the Australia Council and is currently working towards a paradigm shift in the notion and perception of the saxophone; to establish its relevance to ancient and current traditions in Australian music, and to extend its range with the addition of innovative electronics and miking.
Denley has worked extensively in Europe, Australia and America, notably with groups like Machine for Making Sense, Lines and MURAL, as well as duo projects with Axel Dörner, Clayton Thomas, Joel Stern, Peter Blamey and Kim Myhr.
Jim Denley also runs the record label Splitrec.