Floyd Thursby has been performing and composing in a variety of genres for 25 years, including rock, jazz, folk and contemporary classical.
His musical career started as the founder and composer of avant-garde film music ensemble the Ang Fang Quartet, performing live scores to silent movies and released three albums of original compositions, including to F W Murnau’s 1921 vampire film Nosferatu.
Floyd (aka Paul Gillett) has scored short films for directors Kasimir Burgess (Directions, 2008), Lily Coates (The Cat and Claudia, 2005) and Cris Jones (The Funk, 2008, nominated Best Music for a Short Film – 2008 APRA/AGSC Screen Music Awards). In 2016 he completed the score for the feature film ‘The Death & Life of Otto Bloom’, directed by Cris Jones and produced by Optimism Films.
Floyd is an accomplished songwriter and his debut album of original material, A Thief’s Journal, was released in 2007 (Album of the Week: PBS FM; Album of the Week: Radio Adelaide; Top Ten: RRR FM).
As lead singer and rhythm guitarist of acclaimed gypsy jazz ensemble La Mauvaise Réputation, Floyd is one of Australia’s leading interpreters of French chanson.
He has performed at Port Fairy Folk Festival, Cygnet Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, Palm Creek Folk Festival, Mossvale Music Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Brisbane Festival, OzManouche, Inverloch Jazz Festival, Phillip Island Jazz Festival, Kingston Arts Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, on ABC Radio National’s The Music Show and multiple appearances on 774 Melbourne and 3RRR. International touring has taken him to Europe, China, New York City and South-East Asia.