Forged in Sydney's suburban hustle and bustle, the musicians in Grey Wing Trio realised their distinct musical rapport and hyper-lyrical zeal when they first played three years ago.
Luke Sweeting (piano), Ken Allars (trumpet), Finn Ryan (drums) improvising plays off compositions that are often delicate and texturally versatile. Described as intriguing and impulsive and, yes, epic, the band playfully explores alternate forms and endings, discovering in-the-moment colours.
Luke Sweeting is an incredible pianist and composer, having toured with Swedish-Australian ensemble Svelia, the Antipodes Sextet and various projects. He released his first sextet album People and Lightbulbs and has recorded a vocal duo album The Great Unknown with vocalist Rachael Thoms. He has also recorded and arranged with the Australian 2012 Generations in Jazz vocal winner Liam Budge.
Ken Allars has already caught the ears of the nation, performing on the Australian ARIA award winning album Hear and Know by Mike Nock and also winning the James Morrison Generations in Jazz scholarship in 2011.
Finn Ryan is distinctly remarkable for his improvising with the electro-acoustic trio 3ofmillions, the free style African Dance ensemble Prophets and his strong connection with Sydney/European improvising legends Jim Denley and Tony Buck.
The band say they draw their music from diverse influences; certainly jazz with heavy interests from twentieth century and early classical music, folk traditions and texture-based improvisational music. The band's name pays homage to a peaceful and now rare Australian budgerigar: the Greywing.
released September 4, 2015
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Released 04 September 2015
Recorded and mixed by Richard Belkner at Free Energy Device Studios, October 23 and 24, 2014.
Mastered by Adam Dempsey at Deluxe Mastering, March 25, 2015.
Artwork by Lisa Twomey and graphic design by Andrew Maher.