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Swanton, Lloyd (Stuart)

Swanton, Lloyd (Stuart), double bass; b. Sydney, Australia, 14 August 1960.

Swanton has performed with many of the cornerstones of Australian music: The Benders, Clarion Fracture Zone, the Bernie McGann Trio, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Vince Jones, Alpha Centauri Ensemble, the Mighty Reapers, the Seymour Group, Tim Finn, Stephen Cummings, and Wendy Matthews. Lloyd has also performed a number of solo improvisation concerts, something rarely seen on the double bass. In 1991 he formed his own group, The catholics (winners of the 1995 Mo Award for Best Jazz Group). This group has released four albums, three of which have been nominated for ARIA Awards. All are produced by Swanton and feature predominantly his compositions. Overseas exposure with numerous groups includes several visits each to the Montreux, Montreal and North Sea festivals, and many other performances throughout much of Europe, Asia, Canada, the USA, Mexico, Cuba, New Zealand and Russia.

International artists with whom he has performed throughout Australia include Dewey Redman, Nat Adderley, Clifford Jordan, Vincent Herring, Sting, Jimmy Witherspoon, Margie Evans, Sheila Jordan, Billy Harper, Barney Kessel, Andrew Hill, George Coleman Jr., John Hicks & Carlos Ward, Darrell Grant, and Gary Bartz. Swanton appears on 60 albums, including several ARIA Award winners, and produced last year's Award winner, by Bernie McGann. Over 60 of his compositions or co-compositions appear on record. He composed several film soundtracks, including "The Beat Manifesto", which won the 1995 Australian Guild of Screen Composers Award for Best Short Film Soundtrack, as well as Best Achievement in Music Score at the Exposure International Short Film Festival, and three Australian Film Industry Awards.

He also hosts "Mixed Marriage", a popular weekly radio program which looks at crossings of jazz with other musical styles, on Eastside Radio in Sydney. Swanton's two main projects, the world music oriented catholics, and the minimalist improv experimenters, The Necks, are expressions of his two abiding interests: the music of other cultures and minimalism.

The Necks: Sex (Australia 1989, USA 1996), Next (Australia 1990), Aquatic (Australia, USA 1994), Silent Night (Australia 1996), Piano Bass Drums (Australia 1998), Soundtrack to The Boys (Australia, USA, Europe, Japan 1998), Hanging Gardens (Australia, USA, Europe, Japan 1999), Aether (Australia, USA, Europe, Japan 2001), Athenaeum, Homebush, Quay & Raab (Australia 2002), Photosynthetic (Russia 2003), Drive By (Australia, USA, Europe, Japan 2004);
The catholics: The catholics (Australia, USA 1992), Simple (Australia, USA 1994), Life on Earth (Australia, USA 1996), Barefoot (Australia 1998), Choice (Australia 2000); Bernie McGann: Ugly Beauty (Australia 1991), McGann X McGann (Australia, USA 1995), Playground (Australia, USA 1997), Bundeena (Australia 2000); Alister Spence Trio: Three is a Circle (Australia, Japan 2000), Flux (Australia 2003); Clarion Fracture Zone: What This Love Can Do (Australia 1994), Less Stable Elements (Australia 1996), Canticle (Australia 2002); The Field: The Field (Australia 2002); Iannis Xenakis: Kraanerg (Australia, Europe 1989); Chris Cody Coalition: Oasis (Australia, USA, Europe, Japan 1998); Melanie Oxley & Chris Abrahams: Resisting Calm (Australia 1990), Welcome to Violet (Australia 1992), Coal (Australia 1994), Jerusalem Bay (Australia 1998); Vince Jones: Trustworthy Little Sweethearts (Australia, Europe 1988), Come in Spinner (Australia 1990), Future Girl (Australia, Europe 1992)

Contact information:
Lloyd Swanton
PO Box 390
Vaucluse, NSW Australia 2030
AND c/o Jane March
Co-ordinator, Sydney Improvised Music Association
612 9938 2180 t/fx or 0407 220 380

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