n. pl. 1. Division into three parts or elements. 2. A system based on three parts or elements. 3. Piano. Drums. Bass.
Sean Foran - piano John Parker - drums Sam Vincent - bass
Trichotomy's compelling, hugely dynamic trio music draws on sounds of avant-rock, ECM minimalism and their love of collective improvisation, in an entrancing Australian echo of the European jazz innovations of the likes of EST or Tord Gustavsen. Modern, imaginative & thoroughly inventive, this is a group in total control of their sound world. Having carved out a reputation as one of the most exciting trios in contemporary jazz, this Australian trio is a unique voice in modern music.
BBC Music Magazine "this is a genuine trio, with three equally important parts, and they never put a foot or finger wrong" 5 stars!
Jazzwise "highly engaging peaks, the trio is in full flow" "very ‘now'-sounding...beautifully poised"
The Guardian "These three make the resources of the conventional piano trio go a long way." "absorbingly varied menu....memorably moving" "Trichotomy are a band with character.... and refreshingly, they refuse to stick to the same one"
The Australian "a brilliant trio of stellar originality"
The Evening Standard "tuneful, scholarly approach to improvisation recalls the lyricism of EST and energy level of The Bad Plus...excellent"
AllAboutJazz.com "...fresh and exciting-and, yes, varied. Variations should be the album that propels Trichotomy to world-wide recognition" "Fact Finding Mission is the sound of one of the most exciting trios in contemporary music".
VortexJazz.co.uk “an absorbing performance from a band with an intriguingly original approach to music-making”
Sydney Morning Herald The Gentle War is - “The bands most vibrant album in it’s history”
OUR COLLABORATIVE ALBUM WITH THE CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL GROUP "TOPOLOGY" IS OUT NOW!!!
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“HEALTHY” is just that, the heathy combination of like musical minds. Consisting of a blend of works from composers in each ensemble the resulting album is breathtaking. One could compare it to the sounds minimalist sounds of Michael Nyman, Terry Riley and Steve Reich, with a touch of Astor Piazolla, and the modern jazz influences of Pat Metheny. Wrap this up in the visual, cinematic style of Bernard Hermann and the Cinematic Orchestra and you’re getting close.
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FACT FINDING MISSION - OUT NOW on NAIM JAZZ (UK/USA/Europe) & JAZZHEAD (Aust./Asia)
Fact Finding Mission is available on CD/Download/LP/Score Book. We also have some limited edition art prints of the album cover image. For all orders click on the album name below.
Trichotomy pianist Sean Foran is currently writing a work commissioned by Jazz Queensland for the Q150 performance at the Brisbane Jazz Festival. The work is for trio + saxophone and will be performed by Trichotomy and Julian Arguelles (UK).
We're really pleased to get this back out. It was recorded a few years back, and pulled from distro not long after release…. long story… anyway… SO pleased to have it out again. It's a beautiful album of really interesting music.
Well… it's been a hectic start to the year, but we've got all the shows locked in now. Have a peek at the schedule on the left. Some really nice collaborations plus we've VERY excited to be sharing the stage in Australia with the wonderful JULIAN ARGUELLES. Alongside of all these gigs is a heap of new material that we can't wait to share with you all.
Internationally… we're off to Japan soon for some shows at the Takatsuki Jazz Street Festival.. it'll be a quick trip, but excellent we're sure.
Other little bits of news… there will be some new music released this year, plus we're back in the studio on a brand new project. AND… for fans of the GENTLE WAR album, the sheet music of that will be released as well.
There's been some great love for FACT FINDING MISSION recently... here's a snippet:
"this is a quite brilliant trio of stellar originality" - THE AUSTRALIAN - 4.5 stars
"Trichotomy show you don’t need lyrics to paint musical pictures" - THE COURIER MAIL - 4 stars
"the core trio are in superb form throughout but it’s the way in which they integrate their guests that is, if anything, even more impressive". - THE JAZZ MAN - 4.5 stars
"A very impressive trio. If it’s not yet the CD of the year it’s a very nice revelation" - JAZZMAN France
"the players have developed the kind of intuitive shorthand that enables them to navigate even the most intricate arrangements with an air of casual spontaneity, blurring the line between improvised and notated passages." - Live review, THE AGE, Melbourne
"very now sounding... beautifully poised". - JAZZWISE UK
Fact Finding Mission is the sound of one of the most exciting trios in contemporary music.
- ALL ABOUT JAZZ