In 1990 Jim Denley was a member of Derek Bailey’s Company for a week of concerts in London. He co-founded with the electro-acoustic text/music group Machine for Making Sense. An emphasis on spontaneity, site-specific work and collaboration has been central to his work. He sees no clear distinctions between his roles as instrumentalist, improviser and composer.
He has played throughout Australia, Europe, Japan and the US with artists such as Laura Altman, Maggie Nichols, Carolyn Connors, Kari Rønnekleiv, Sidsel Endresen, Thembi Soddell, Natasha Anderson, Monika Brooks, Clare Cooper, Tess de Quincy, Ami Yoshida, Amanda Stewart, Ikue Mori, Satchiko M, and Annette Krebs.