Al Swainger is a musician who happens to be a bassist. He is also a composer, improviser and FX enthusiast. His eclectic tastes have led to making music in a wide variety of genres over the years with literally hundreds of musicians. Covering ground from pop to progressive rock , traditional to modern jazz and fully improvised soundsculpture. Al is always keen to explore new musical territory. Currently he is focusing his unique style on his own experimental composition project Pointless Beauty. An album (After & Before) is due for release later this year featuring Neil Yates, Mike Outram, George & Mark Whitlam.
Other current projects include recordings with omnifusion trio Snow Giants – UN (Mike Outram, 05Ric), the Art Trip – The Music of Art Pepper (Alan Barnes, Craig Milverton, Nick Millward) and art-rock band GRICE – Alexandrine (featuring Grice, 05Ric, Luca Calabrese, Richard Barbieri, Steve Jansen, Hossam Ramzy, Steve Bingham, B.J.Cole). A recording with the Gary Bamford Trio (Gary Bamford, Robert Brian) is also in the pipeline for later this year.
Al regularly works live with the Annika Skoogh Quartet (Annika Skoogh, Matt Carter, Coach York), for which he arranges and composes, the Tomasso Starace Quartet (Tomasso Starace, Frank Harrison, Chris Nickolls) and Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen (Digby Fairweather, Julian Stringle, Chris Gower, Dominic Ashworth, Craig Milverton, Nick Millward).