Phil Bywater's Buried Treasure was an ensemble active from around 1998-2005, with shifting personnel also including at various times Damian Evans, Phil Collings, Chris Hale and Ronny Ferella.
"This is a very classy and interesting take on jazz, created by some
of the new guard"
Anita Hustas [is] often using the bow to share the role of lead melodic voice, some of her solos are brilliant.
...the opener, 'Awakening' settles into a hypnotic Arabic mood which provides an ideal setting
for Bywater's warm-toned, expansive tenor.
Rhythms Magazine, January 2004
'while Angkor hauntingly evokes Cambodian temples,
Duke's Jungle takes us deep inside jazz mythology.
Bywater more than dabbles with flute and clarinet,
and can burn on tenor saxophone"
Sydney Morning Herald, August 2003
The content below is the original website for the Looking Up CD release, which is available from Newmarket Music
Looking Up, the CD from Phil Bywater’s Buried Treasure, moves joyously from jazz to world beats, showcasing beautiful, intimate performances and sensuous, driving grooves.
The opening track ‘Awakening’, evokes Arabic mysticism before broadening into a passionate, yearning saxophone aria from master wind instrumentalist Phil Bywater. The album unfolds in a series of featured performances from emotive double bassist Anita Hustas and endlessly creative guitarist Elliott Folvig, underpinned by a remarkable rhythm section of drummer Will Guthrie, rich earthy electric bassist Dale Lindrea, and evocative percussionist Elissa Goodrich.
Select tracks from Looking Up can be heard below
"quite different music...very personal music"
"great Australian saxophonist...don't miss this band!"
|Phil Bywater is a swashbuckling
virtuoso improviser on the tenor saxophone. He is also a powerful performer
on clarinet, flute, and any number of wind instruments from around the
world. Phil is well known for his work with:
all-star world music ensemble Chimera, Bywater/Hustas duo, Onomatomania, Hop Jump Big Band, Oynsemble Melbourne, Antboy, Adam Simmons Toy Band, Zulya Kamalova, George Rurrampu and Bomba.
He has performed at innumerable festivals and conducted workshops across Australia, in Europe and in Asia. He is also a prolific composer, and his performances have been broadcast on a huge variety of commercial and community media, including Mick Molloy's recent feature film 'Crackerjack'
|Elliott Folvig (Onomatomania, Hop Jump Big Band, Peter O’Shea,
Martin Hayes) is possibly the most sensitive guitarist in Australia. His
versatility ranges from the acoustic folk scene to futuristic soundscapes
in the realm of electronic music. He specialises in blending cutting edge
technology with traditional musical virtuosity.
|Elissa Goodrich (Invisible Cities, Bagryana Popov, Slide Into
Sound) has a uniquely individual approach which reflects her classical
background and wealth of experience in mixed and multimedia projects. An
active freelancer with innumerable orchestras and ensembles, her passion
is in uniting artists from vastly different spheres.
|Will Guthrie has been
a vital and energetic force on the Australian improvised music scene for
the best part of the last decade. His highly personal approach has led
him to play with many of Australia’s finest musicians as well as acclaimed
international artists. In 1997 he won the Wangaratta Jazz Festival National
Jazz Awards for drums. Will has led groups under the name ANTBOY and has
been involved in many of Melbourne’s original creative improv bands such
as NEW BLOOD, FESTA, CABOOSE, CITY CITY CITY and BOHJASS.
|Dale Lindrea is an in demand freelance bassist with the Swinging
Sidewalks, the Redliners and Bob Sedergreen, when he’s not fronting his
own dynamic acts the Vanguards (passionate blues from Chicago to the Deep
South), and the Plezurhounds, performing with great integrity and enthusiasm
an amalgam of jazz stylings he coins as "Roots Fusion"!
|Anita Hustas specializes in improvising
double bass performance and composition, and in the creation of new music
as a basis for improvisation. The Anita Hustas Project was a specially
commissioned work for the Melbourne Women’s Jazz Festival in December 2001
and funded by the Australia Council. Anita’s work has also been performed
by Adrian Sherriff's Oynsemble, The Sandy Evans Project, The Great Unwashed,
The Bennetts Lane Big Band, and The Jex Saarelaht Trio.
Anita regularly performs with many ensembles including Oynsemble Melbourne, The Adam Simmons Toy Band,
the Adrian Sherriff Trio, Peter Knight’s 5+2, the Jex Saarelaht Trio and
Zulya (Womadelaide 2003). Solo performances include The Boite Winter Music
Festival, The Make It Up Club, Port Fairy Folk Festival and Woodford Festival.