SIMA : The catholics
The catholics are one of Australia's most distinctive contemporary groups. Their leader, bassist Lloyd Swanton, is well known internationally for his work with improvising legends The Necks, and has appearances on over 90 albums, many of them ARIA Award winners, for artists including Vince Jones, Wendy Matthews and Bernie McGann. Throughout The catholics' beautifully crafted and instantly accessible pieces runs a strong, seductive dance strain found in the band's various African, Caribbean, Latin and Eastern influences. The catholics have won a Mo Award for Best Jazz Group, and have picked up three ARIA Award nominations. Several catholics albums have been released in North America to critical acclaim and one release in Europe earned them a nomination for the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Award. Overseas performances have included tours of Canada and Europe, and concerts in Thailand as part of the King of Thailand's Silver Jubilee celebrations. By taking the catchiness of pop music, and combining it with infectious dance rhythms of the world and indisputably authoritative jazz blowing, The catholics are creating a rare thing indeed- a sound with an instant appeal, physical excitement, passion, and critical credibility.
Lloyd Swanton (bass), Sandy Evans (saxes), James Greening (trombone, pocket trumpet), Jonathan Pease (guitar), Gary Daley (piano accordion), Toby Hall (drums), Fabian Hevia (percussion)
- Jazz/improvisation by The catholics
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