Bowlines was formed by Ernie Gruner to explore the possibilities for bowed string players to improvise music.

Inspiration might come from a painting, a written provocation, sound from the audience or environment, architecture or one musician’s feelings.

Bowlines has had two sets of musicians, with others joining sometimes.

Jenny Thomas – viola, Heather Stewart- violin (now in Paris), Ernie Gruner – violin/viola

or currently Helen Mountfort – cello, Hope Csutoros – violin, Ernie Gruner – violin/viola

First performance in 2012 was at an exhibition of paintings by Irine Wellm. Since then appearances have included churches, halls, house concerts, The Boite, Festival of Slow Music, Darebin Music Feast.