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Alister Spence Trio

616 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
Located on the ground floor. Up to the steps, first door on the right.

Wednesday 1 December from 8:30pm to 11pm


Starting from: $27.00

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


  • Alister Spence – Piano/samples

  • Lloyd Swanton – Double bass

  • Toby Hall – Drums, glockenspiel

The band has been twice nominated for an ARIA Award (Best Jazz album 2004, 2007), and an APRA/AMCOS Art Music Award (Excellence in Jazz, 2016). Not Everything but Enough was voted by Music Magazine, Japan, in the top 10 jazz releases worldwide for 2017.

Their latest, release _Asteroid Ekosystem _featuring Ed Kuepper (The Saints, The Laughing Clowns) on guitar has received an overwhelmingly positive response.

In the two decades that Spence (piano), Hall (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) have been together they have edged away from the thinking of a straight jazz piano trio, arriving at an improvising language more about moods than chord progressions; more about jointly casting spells than virtuosic role-playing.’  – Sydney Morning Herald

Over more than 20 years, the Alister Spence Trio have built a distinctive world of sound based around Alister’s compositions, establishing a strong national and international reputation, with performances including Tokyo International Jazz Festival, Montreal and Vancouver International Jazz festivals, and Vivid Festival Sydney (curated by Brian Eno, 2009).

‘Music bordering on a jazz masterpiece’  – The Australian 

‘…where composition and improvisation collide in fresh ways’ – Sydney Morning Herald

Covid-safe information

Due to NSW Health’s current restrictions all patrons MUST provide proof of full vaccination upon venue entry. If you have any concerns, please contact the venue at



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