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Alister Spence Trio

  • Foundry 616 616 Harris Street Ultimo, NSW, 2007 Australia (map)

The remarkable and ever-evolving modern improvising jazz trio led by Alister Spence returns to Foundry616 for their first performance at the club in 2018.

“Art that allows us to be other than we are, even for a moment, is invaluable…this trio has learnt to defy gravity…Mesmerising.”  – Sydney Morning Herald

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

Formed in Sydney more than 20 years ago, this trio brings together three of the most innovative and experienced musicians in Australia. Their collective biographies and discographies are extensive, and individually include performances and recordings with diverse luminaries such as Dewey Redman, Brian Eno, Archie Roach, Jim O’Rourke, Paul Capsis and the Laughing Clowns.  ’Not Everything but Enough, the trio’s seventh release, was voted in the ‘Top 10 Jazz Albums for 2017’ in Japan’s Music Magazine, and  ‘Honorary Mention Best of 2017’ in New York City Jazz Record.

This is the trio’s seventh release. Alister Spence Trio: Live was nominated for the 2016 Australian Jazz Bell Awards for Best Small Jazz Group and an Art Music Award for Excellence in Jazz 2016.

ALISTER SPENCE piano, samples
LLOYD SWANTON double bass
TOBY HALL drums, glockenspiel

This recent review by John Shand says it all really! Don’t miss them!

John Shand – Sydney Morning Herald

There are two types of artist: those who spend entire careers replicating an approach, and those who keep reaching for the new. Across its two-decade career the Alister Spence Trio has continued to evolve from a relatively conventional piano/bass/drums jazz band into a unit prepared to brave the woolly frontier where composition and improvisation collide in fresh ways. Concurrently Spence’s use of electronics has become ever more sophisticated, drummer Toby Hall’s glockenspiel playing has become a trademark and bassist Lloyd Swanton’s playing has become leaner, yet with an intensified voodoo effect.

So this double album documents the latest phase of the trio’s journey rather than marking a destination. Spence’s extended compositions are diverse and often quite dark, and can spear off in unforeseen directions. These cohabit with group improvisations and solo piano pieces, and the band has become so adept at reating almost cinematic mood pieces that a couple of the more rhythmic compositions sound almost wooden by comparison, with In a Good World in particular crying out for a lighter, more aerated approach. Nonetheless this is high-wire music-making.


Full bar & bistro for light meals

General – $17.00 incl booking fee
Drinks & Show $35.00 incl booking fee
Concession – $14.00 incl booking fee