Phil Bywater's Buried Treasure (aka The Great Unwashed), circa 2002. l-r Anita Hustas, Elliott Folvig, Dale Lindrea,
Will Guthrie, Elissa Goodrich, Phil Bywater

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"
Bob Baker Fish
Beat Magazine, March 2004

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.
Adrian Jackson
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" 
John Shand
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"
Jim McLeod, Jazz Track Online.

"great Australian saxophonist...don't miss this band!"

"Phil Bywater and Anita Hustas are mixing jazz tunes 
with rhythms and beats from the far-flung corners of the globe...
positive and expressive music"
"Expressive sounds uplift audience"
Port Phillip Leader, September 2003

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all photography by Tim McNeilage
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'

Phil Bywater is endorsed by The Music Place to play Temby Australia saxophones exclusively

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.