Over the years, Byron has been fortunate to be a member of some fantastic and entertaining bands, providing touring opportunities around Australia, and Internationally. Even though these bands don’t last forever, they have helped shaped his performance style and influenced his direction and growth as a musician. Some of the memorable ensembles Byron has performed with are showcased below.
5 seasoned musicians come together to form a special combination of world music sounds, from Indian Classical and Flamenco, to jazz and soulful pop. Featuring the sounds of sitar, tabla, flute, saxophone, cajon, piano, vocals & Indian classical vocals, Shanti Fire is a true worldly sonic experience.
Petulant Frenzy is a Frank Zappa show – performing lots of awesome classic Zappa hits, as well as some not so well known Zappa tunes. Despite the challenges in many of these pieces, Byron enjoys the opportunity to perform with this very talented outfit made up of some of Sydney’s best musicians.
Upon returning from his Cajon training in Spain, Byron met flamenco guitarists Chris Duff and Will Henderson, and flamenco singer Zoe Velez. They started an 8-piece ensemble fusing Flamenco, Jazz, Latin and Argentinean Tango. Whilst being inspired by the traditional rhythms (palo) and melodies of flamenco, the ensemble fused the new flamenco touches of flute, violin, saxophone, bass and Cajon to create a unique sound that entertained audiences of all ages.
Rosie and the Bees:
Byron met Rosie Henshaw upon joining ‘The Bakery’, and their shared love of music saw them join many other bands together. ‘Rosie and the Bees’ is her original project, and Byron used his unique keys/cajon percussion station in this outfit. Their tour of Japan in 2012 was Byron’s most memorable moment with Rosie and Banel Martinez.
Directed by guitarist David Sattout, Facemeat is a fusion of rock and jazz, combined with spoken word and funky angular horn lines. Byron performed together with David for many years in ‘The Bakery’, and have also worked on other sessions together.
For a short time, Byron performed on tour around NSW with international artist KNOX from Fiji. Knox wrote music inspired by reggae and rock, and the performances were always full of energy and good vibes!