Darren Williams (tenor saxophone, bassoon) is a British Columbia based improvising musician who pushes the limits of extended instrumental technique into regions that are lyrical, terrifying, uncanny, and “more fun than spiked punch live” (Georgia Straight).  Called “a raw, vocal explorer,” (Stuart Broomer) Darren has performed with many renowned musicians including Eugene Chadbourne (NC), Chad van Gaalen (Calgary), Myk Freedman (NYC), Mats Gustafsson (Sweden), Ig Henneman and Han Bennink (Netherlands).   He is involved in numerous ensembles and projects, notably co-leading and composing for the free jazz quintet Robots On Fire which performed at the 2013 Vancouver International Jazz Festival.  Williams was awarded a Canada Council Grant to go on a national tour in the summer of 2013 in promotion of his debut solo album Reed, on Bug Incision Records (www.bugincision.com).  Darren holds a BFA in music performance from York University and has studied with Casey Sokol, David Mott, George Lewis, and Francois Houle.