the Swyves

Founded in the summer of 2008, The Swyves are one of the strongest avant-garde jazz trios on the Toronto improvised music scene. Led by multi-instrumentalist woodwind player Jay Hay, the group includes bassist Aaron Lumley and drummer Dan Gaucher, with frequent collaborations with multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Stachan. Focusing primarily on the compositions of Jay Hay, the trio weaves it's way through textural improvisations, free-bop swing tunes, and all-out high energy blow-outs. Working within the open-ended compositional structures of Hay, the trio explores new improvisational possibilities with each subsequent performance of his pieces. Utilizing their almost telepathic bond, The Swyves music is a fluid form of musical communication that is breath taking to witness.

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