The Beriberi

  • Solo Artist
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Art rock, Indie, Dream pop, Dream Sludge


Brooklyn NY United States

Sounds Like

Kurt Vile, The Kills, Explosions In The Sky

Digital Location


Member since: 09/05/2013 Year Founded: 1999


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Jeff Allyn Szwast


founder, composer, performer 347.623.1443


  • Original material: 03 hrs : 00 min
  • Cover material: 00 hrs : 00 min
  • CDs released: 5
  • CDs sold: 100
  • Digital songs sold: 1380
  • Original Songs: 55
  • Average Draw: 25
  • Largest crowd: 100
  • Have sound: Partial PA
  • Licensed songs: 1


The Beriberi {aka Giving The Table A Name} is a one-man operation, propelled by multi-instrumentalist/visual-artist Jeff Allyn Szwast, who brings a visual aesthetic to an avant-indie, dreamy, sludge-pop sound.

Originally from the deep south, Szwast relocated to Brooklyn in 2002, and took on the moniker Giving The Table A Name for his solo work. After 10 years of service, the GTTAN moniker was retired and replaced by the more succinct The Beriberi. GTTAN's musical trajectory had been taking a slight shift, and the change seemed imminent.

As a visual artist, Szwast was developing an interest in the medium of film, and he began directing, producing, and editing music videos for The Beriberi in 2011, in the hopes of elevating the visual aspect of the music.

He has received accolades for his videos, such as a finalist placement in the 2012 ONECLOUDFEST for "Satyr & Slattern", the Best Music Video award in the 2011 Metropolitan Film Festival for "Harpies", and a finalist placement in the 2011 Toronto Independent Film Festival for "Harpies".

Music Videos:
"Phantom Limb" --
"Fireflies" --
"Amnesia Dementia" --
"Sutures" --
"Satyr & Slattern" --
"Harpies" --

B&W live photo by Diana Rodriguez.
Color live photos by Jason Tors.

May 24, 2011
Dave Cromwell

Jeff Allyn Szwast's avant-indie rock project Giving The Table A Name specializes in angular guitar progressions punctuated by thumping, crashing percussion, and vocals leaning towards the slithering and cerebral side.

December 01, 2010
Damon Bakun

Jeff is one of those rare creators that has his hands on every aspect of his music.

The Moon and Pluto

October 23, 2010
Nadia Lelutiu

Giving the Table a Name delivers thoughtful and poetic lyrics, full of dark symbolism and covert psychological exploration on each track. The production quality is skillful and the songs certainly provide plenty of ambiance on which effortless indulging can ensue.


August 04, 2007
Derek Blackmon

It’s very clear something great is happening here, what it is we may never know, but while there is still air to breathe, let’s enjoy this one. It may not last and if there is a dry eye in the crowd when it’s over, then surely dehydration is the only logical excuse.

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