The Trio

Alister Spence - piano / samples
Lloyd Swanton - double bass
Toby Hall - drums, glockenspiel

One of the most distinctive and spellbinding units in Australian improvised music, the ARIA-nominated Alister Spence Trio have gained worldwide recognition for their ingenious compositions and magnetic live interplay. Together they create luminous soundscapes that are dark, lyrical, textured and endlessly surprising.

Utterly compelling
Jazz Journal, UK

This trio has learned to defy gravity’ Sydney Morning Herald

…three players… always with a larger structure in view, like craftsmen on a cathedral project’  Brian Morton, Jazz Journal

Formed in Sydney more than 20 years ago this trio brings together three of the most exciting, innovative and experienced musicians in Australia and has a strong reputation internationally.

The trio have released five CDs on the Rufus Records label and a CD and LP on Alister Spence Music (ASM). Their most recent release Alister Spence Trio: Live (2015 ASM004) is the first live recording in the trio's 20-year history receiving 4 stars in Jazzwise Magazine. Far Flung (2012) also received a 4 Star Review, Brian Morton, Jazz Journal 2013 and was listed in Critics Poll for 2013. It was also listed in The WIRE 2013 Rewind - Critics' reflections by Andy Hamilton as Album of the year.  fit was voted by the WIRE Magazine UK as one of the 15  top jazz/improv releases worldwide for 2009 and both Mercury and Flux were nominated for Australian Record Industry Awards (ARIA) in 2007 and 2004. Their debut album, Three is a Circle is also release in Japan (2003) on the Earth Spirit label.

The Alister Spence Trio have performed regularly at national and international jazz festivals and clubs including: Salisbury and Chelsea Festivals UK (2006), Vancouver and Montreal Jazz Festivals (2006), Tokyo Jazz Festival (2008), Luminous Festival, Sydney Opera House (curated by Brian Eno, 2009), Melbourne International Jazz Festival (2014), Wangaratta Jazz Festival (2015).

Alister, Lloyd and Toby continue to perform and record together regularly in Australia.

The cutting edge of modern Australia defined’ Sydney Morning Herald

Just when you think you’ll never like another piano trio record, along comes something delightful like this’ Cadence Magazine (NY).

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