Cup Weekend 2024

Julius Schwing

Julius Schwing is a guitarist/composer from Bruny Island, Tasmania. Born in Vienna, he started playing guitar at age nine and since the age of thirteen has performed in Australia, Europe, India, New Zealand, Canada and the USA, including at the Nelson Arts Festival (NZ), Adelaide Fringe Festival, Hobart Fringe Festival, MONA FOMA, Faux Mo, Perth International Jazz Festival, Falls Festival, Festival of Voices, 10 Days on the Island, Devonport Jazz Festival and Clarence Jazz Festival. He has three times been nominated for the prestigious Freedman Jazz Fellowship.
Julius has released seven albums. “Potbelly Stove” (2012),

“Edge2:Isthmus” (2016) , “On The Beach” (2017) “Rust and Thirst” (2017), “Rhubarb” (2018), At the Lighthouse (2019) and “Wagtail” (2022) the last six of which are released on his own creative music label Isthmus Music. His albums have received widespread airplay on ABC Classic FM, PBS, ABC 936, Eastside FM, Radio National “Daily Planet”. “Edge2:Isthmus” was composed for the 2016 MONA FOMA multi-discipline exhibition Edge2:Isthmus, the first MONA FOMA event on Bruny Island.
Julius has spent time getting lessons in New York and has twice been invited to Canada (2009 and 2013) to take part in the prestigious Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music led by Dave Douglas (2009) and Vijay Iyer (2013). Here he undertook study with many artists including Joshua Redman, Clarence Penn, Ben Street, Matt Penman, Don Byron, Dafnis Prieto, David Gilmore, Tony Malaby, Esperanza Spaulding, Wada Leo Smith, Greg Osby, Tyshawn Sorey and Ben Monder.
Amongst others, Julius has performed with Paul Capsis, Scott Tinkler, Scott McConnachie, Jeremy Rose, Erkki Veltheim, Peter Knight, Elly Hoyt, Petra Haden (USA), Aakash Mittal (USA), Christian Windfeld (Denmark), Plantation, Axon Breeze, Nick Haywood, as well as leading his own groups the Julius Schwing Quartet, Trio, Quintet and the heavy duty Schwing Thing.

Recently Julius has been working closely with fellow Bruny Islander Scott Tinkler on the duo project “Ground”, with which they successfully sold out 4 days of shows for Mona Foma 2021. The pair continue to workshop extensively and develop new approaches to improvisation inspired by their rugged natural surroundings.

Julius has had orchestration tuition in Amsterdam with composer Konstantin Koukias and premiered his first string quartet as part of the queen’s birthday celebrations at Government House in Hobart.

Julius also has extensive experience as a theatre musician. In 2000 he performed as actor/musician for ‘Circus Boomerang’ and ‘Justus Neumann erschlägt sich mit dem Bügeleisen’ in Vienna and composed, recorded and filmed the score for “Gilgamesh”, also performed in Vienna. In 2004 he received a Victorian Green Room Award nomination and Melbourne Fringe Festival commendations for best original music for the play “Last Days of Mankind”. In early 2013 he composed and recorded the score for the play “Alzheimer Symphonie” which toured across Austria and for this score he won the judges special award at the inaugural “Errols”, Tasmanian Theatre Awards. In 2014, Julius travelled to Memphis, Tennessee to perform Bijou’s Secret with Fiona Stewart at the Memphis International Women’s Theatre Festival. Aug – Oct 2016 saw him touring Austria for the play “Häuptling Abendwind”.