Guitarist John Miley coined the term “Breathlanes” in the mid 1970s, and has since found it useful in defining and guiding an outlook toward creating an atmospheric, organic quality in modal improvisation. To the outside world, “Breathlanes” first appeared as the title of a 1992 release of a collection of solo electric guitar improvisations. In time, it became the name of a distinct band of musicians, and later, the name of a musical collective of shifting personnel. Each represents a different aspect of a common approach that, over time, has become more and more recognizable.
Breathlanes as an ensemble is based in Athens, Georgia. Group members maintain touring and performing schedules with other outfits, and come together for a number of events and appearances during the year.