TEKWANI - a collision of hip-hop, Latin, jazz and cinematic-western music. Fuelled by the spiritual and artistic vitality of Melbourne/Naarm. The music features a unique guitar from Cuba called a Tres as well as horns, synths and dense beats. The hard Spanish rhyming of international rapper Clandestino is the fire that sets it all alight. The band hit the scene hard in 2019 with various residencies, a spot at the 2019 Live n Local Festival and a support slot for U.S rap outfit Rebel Diaz.
GOOD LUCK OMEN - my duo with vocal star Kalala. It’s a raw and vulnerable side of soul/jazz/RnB. Powerful yet intimate and direct in it’s delivery. Tunes that pierce you in the heart and smack you in the soul. We’re working with different producers and instrumentalists to take things even further. 2019 has been a strong year with shows at Strawberry Fields, HEAR Footscray, The Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne Music Week, Due West and others.
TIERRA - Tierra was my first proper all-original band. In an attempt to put it into a genre box I’d call it chamber jazz. I was stupidly lucky to have Adam Spiegl on double bass, Ryan Williams on recorders and Leigh Fisher on drums - 3 spectacular musicians have all gone on to do incredible things in the world of music. We did a bunch of shows and recorded an album called ALLESTREE which is available for purchase and streaming.
CYBER DEEP - a weaving of two artistic energies; dynamic streams coming together to create an electric torrent. LAY the Mystic (poet, vocalist) and Diego Villalta (guitar, effects) blend music, poetry and visual art to conjure a unique performance space.
TOM BARTON/DIEGO VILLALTA - Long time friend and collaborator, Tom Barton, and I recorded and released Connections in 2015 under the Bartone Music label. It was recorded in Osaka Japan and released to some great reviews here in Australia.
OTHER ORIGINAL PROJECTS - I’m also blessed to be (or have been) part of some projects run by some excellent musicians, including Sonido Natural, Lo-Res, Pataphysics, Dany Maia Band, and Slipper to name a few. Be sure to check them out!
Self Portrait - oil on wood
Old man - oil/copper leaf on primed paper
Woman - Copic markers on paper
Girl With Copper - oil/copper leaf on wood
The Day You Went Away - oil on paper
Blue Green Hair - ink/dry pastel on paper
Glasses and Attitude - Copic markers on paper
Older Gentleman - digital
Self Portrait - ink
Liz With Goggles - Copic markers on paper
Dancer - oil on wood
Nude with head wrap - oil on wood
Undress - dry pastel/ink on paper
Welcome - oil paste on paper
Party Nude - Copic markers on paper
Pink Hair - charcoal/conte/ink on paper
Nude - charcoal/conte on paper
Angular - ink on paper
Fire - oil on wood
Paper Plane - ink/pencil on paper
Toy Train Portrait - oil on wood
Green Fox - Copic markers on paper
Floating Face - Copic markers on paper
NT Bird - digital
Cat - Charcoal/conte/ink on paper
Bird - ink/pencil on paper
Rooster - pencil on paper
Negra - charcoal on paper
Darwin - ink on paper
3 - ink/pencil on paper
Bedroom Couple - ink/charcoal/conte/paper scraps on cardboard
Breast Play - dry pastel/ink on paper
Nude On Floor - Copic markers on paper
Bath - charcoal/conte on paper
Aviendha of the Taardad Aiel - oil/gold leaf on wood