Wonderfully big expressive tone on the tenor saxophone Mal Stanley ABCFM Jazztrack 2009
Wonderful saxophonist, a beautiful album Jessica Nicholas, RRRFM 2009


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Phil Bywater has been performing professionally since 1989, playing tenor, alto and baritone saxophones, clarinet, flute, vocals and keyboards.

He is one of the finest saxophonists in Australia, an exciting and dynamic performer. His experience is diverse, encompassing world music, jazz, afrobeat, free improv, reggae, funk, rock and contemporary classical music. He has toured Australia, the United States, Europe, the South Pacific and South East Asia, played countless Australian music festivals, and has many years of experience as Musical Director for a broad range of artists.

Phil has released 3 independent CDs featuring his own playing and compositions, and appeared on dozens of other recordings as a band member or featured guest. He has performed extensively on radio and television, and performed and recorded with an array of Australia's finest musicians. Phil was a key member of the board of the Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival from 2005-2009, and was a curator and publicist for the Make It Up Club improvised music series 2004-2007.


Born and raised in Hobart, Tasmania, Phil is based in Melbourne, lecturing as Academic Program Coordinator (Music) for Degree and Diploma programs at the Australian College of the Arts (Collarts). He holds a Masters of Music (Melbourne University 2011), a Graduate Diploma in Education (Melbourne University 2008) and a Bachelor of Music (Victorian College of the Arts 1998)


        Phil Bywater plays Temby Australia saxophones and flutes.

Recent highlights include:

2006-2015 Australian tours with Australian indigenous music legend Bart Willoughby, including Melbourne Town Hall gala, St Kilda Festival, NAIDOC week celebrations in Roeburne WA, Walking with Spirits Festival Beswick NT, Yalukit WIllam Ngargee Festival, Australiasian World Music Festival, Brunswick Music Fesitval, Emerge Festival Canberra, Famous Spiegeltent, Wominjeka Festival Footscray, Putalina Festival TAS, Share The Spirit Festival, Bendigo Cathedral, Royal Albert Hall Launceston TAS

Bart Willoughby Band

Big Fela Afrobeat Orchestra collaboration with Lamine Sonko for Multicultural Arts Victoria, performances for Lebowski's Music and Cross Street, Brunswick

Big Fela Afrobeat Orchestra

2015 Pacific Games Closing Ceremony, Port Moresby PNG with Airileke (PNG/AUST), Richard Mogu (PNG), Ben Hakalitz (PNG/AUST) and J Boog (USA), O-Shen (USA/PNG)


Survival Day celebrations with Yung Warriors, recordings for album TURNT UP

Yung Warriors

Recordings for upcoming Fallingwater Trio album


Fallingwater Trio

Camille O'Sullivan (Ireland) 2015 New Zealand tour, 2012 Australian tour

Performance with seminal Australian post-punk band Essendon Airport at Old Melbourne Gaol

Recording session for Fisher and Paykel ad 'Magician"

The Music Place 'Stax of Sax' celebration of the saxophone

NAIDOC Ball with Yung Warriors Band
Fallingwater Trio performance for Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival 'The New Standards'
St Kilda Festival performance with Gypsy Brown latin-funk band
Tribe of Jubal (PNG/Aust) at Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival
Australasian tour with Camille O'Sullivan (Ireland) : Sydney Opera House, Perth International Arts Festival, Auckland Festival
Dawn Penn (UK) and Stranger Cole (Jamaica) with Melbourne Ska Orchestra
"Dreaming at the G" at the Melbourne Cricket Ground with Bart Willoughby and Deline Briscoe
St Kilda Festival with Deline Briscoe
Big Fela Afrobeat Orchestra performances for Brisbane International Arts Festival
Australian World Music Expo performances with Grace Barbe, Deline Briscoe
Fallingwater Trio shows for Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Brisbane Jazz Club and City of Melbourne
"American Radicals" concerts with Donna Coleman, Peter Neville, Anita Hustas and ensemble for Melbourne International Festival of Brass and Melbourne University