The Swifter is a trio featuring Andrea Belfi (drums and percussion), BJNilsen (electronics) and Simon James Phillips (piano). Formed in 2011 to record their debut self-titled album, which was released by The Wormhole in 2012. A second album is under way.
Andrea Belfi (b.1979) is a drummer, composer and sound artist. He's been playing since the age of 14. His collaborations extend to diverse musical fields, in between electroacoustic experimentation, rock and sound art.
He has stable projects with David Grubbs (Gastr del Sol, Bastro), Stefano Pilia (34hadbeeneliminated), Mike Watt (Minutemen, Iggy and the Stooges), Aidan Baker (Nadja), Erik Skodvin (Deaf Center) and many others. His work has been released on, Hapna and Die Schachtel, and ROOM40. He toured extensively along all Europe and U.S.
B J Nilsen (b,1975 Sweden) is a sound and recording artist. Primarily focused on the sound of nature and its effect on humans, field recordings and the perception of time and space as experienced through sound, often electronically treated. He has worked as composer and sound designer for documentary film, theatre, television and dance and performs his solo work regularly around the globe creating an immersive and intimate soundworld.
Simon James Phillips is a Berlin based pianist from Australia - he trained as a classical pianist in Australia and Sweden but now works primarily as an experimental improvising pianist.
Musically, he constructs an open sonic atmosphere that provides the audience with time to reflect upon and explore the sound. By controlling the pace of a piece’s development, his intention is to affect the perception of time through music. Simon is influenced by electronic music, and is particularly interested in trying to replicate the mechanical and repetitive sounds that surround us. He is also attracted to the tension between trying to recreate inorganic sound with the piano and the limitations of the instrument and his own physical mechanism.