Originally from New Zealand, David Leahy has spent the last 19 years living and working in the UK as a double bass player, composer and contact improvising dancer. David’s experience across the performing arts spreads across performance, teaching and research. He is currently completing a practice-based research PhD investigating aspects of spatialization within improvised music performance. This research challenges the perceived wisdom of the formal separation and static positioning of the audience and performer. David argues that the traditional performance conventions do little to support the improvised musical process, that is supposedly built on the close inter-relationship of all the elements of the musicking ecosystem.