Live with String Quartet - album release! 

Well this has been some time coming.....way back in 2012 we wrote a suite of works for String Quartet and performed them at some festivals in Australia, the Stradbroke Island Chamber Music Festival the Melbourne Fringe Festival and the Restrung Festival in Brisbane. 
A couple of years later we restaged the suite -  plus wrote a newly commissioned work "Out of the Dark Sky" inspired by the artwork of Yvonne Mills-Stanley - for a performance in Brisbane as part of the Declassified Music Festival performance series. 

The performance was recorded wonderfully by the live engineer David Spearritt and has been sitting mostly dormant on our hard drives.... sure there's a few tracks up on Soundcloud, but it's never really been widely available. 

Why not?? Good question!!!  

I suppose we never really got around to putting it out.. so we thought that these songs needed to be heard... here they are. 

https://trichotomy.bandcamp.com/album/trichotomy-live-with-string-quartet

Testing new sounds... 

It's been quite fun recently spending some time in the studio testing a variety of electronic manipulations of our acoustic sounds. Big shout out to all at CRITTER and GUITARI and OWOW.... they make amazing gear!! 

 

KINDRED presents TRICHOTOMY 

Brisbane's newest Jazz venue DOO-BOP is open! 

We're there as part of the KINDRED series... 

KINDRED – A collective of musicians presenting world class jazz and original music in Brisbane’s exciting new dedicated live jazz venue. Curated by 7 x Platinum selling, 5 x ARIA award winning and National Jazz Award winning husband and wife team Zac Hurren and Katie Noonan, every Monday night in Brisbane you will have a chance to come and listen to some of the finest musicians in the country. 

Like Miles Davis, the legendary artist who inspired this venue – this music will look to the future with a respectful acknowledgement of the past and make music of searing, unique beauty. 

Doors open at 6pm.

Music from the Expressions Dance Company show 

We're pretty excited to be performing the show BEHIND CLOSED DOORS with Expressions Dance Company from MAY 19-27. There's a great selection of music in the production... a good chunk of Trichotomy, plus some from Sean's solo album and a few from the Berardi/Foran/Karlen trio.

We've packaged them all up together in a special digital album. you can get it here: https://trichotomy.bandcamp.com/album/behind-closed-doors-trichotomy-rafael-karlen-kristin-berardi

Bonus EP + Piano Day track 

When we recorded KNOWN-UNKNOWN we recorded a HEAP of material... too much for one album.
So.... two things... 
1. We've packaged up a nice little Bonus EP of 4 songs we love from the session..
2. We've just released another track from the recording session, in celebration of PIANO DAY, 29th March.

You'll find them both HERE

4 STAR Guardian+ All About Jazz REVIEWS! 

Trichotomy: Known-Unknown review – dreamy jazz trip into electronic territory
The Guardian
4 STARS

The much-admired Australian piano trio Trichotomy (a band with Esbjörn Svensson Trio associations but independent compositional interests and adistinctive group feel) are launching their fifth album – an advance into more electronic territory without sacrificing their rugged, hooky themes and savvy pacing and drama. The trio’s punchy grooving – under pianist Sean Foran’s fluent lines and powerful chordwork, along with bassist Samuel Vincent’s light pizzicato touch – is plainly in sharp fettle right from the playfully swerving opener, Five. There are glistening episodes of piano and bass dialogue in the trancelike intro to the eventually spookily abstract Cells and exclamatory off-kilter rhythms, such as in the dreamy Junk. Svensson would have been proud of the lyrical simplicity and gentle piano-bass exposition of drummer John Parker’s misty ballad It’s Strange Coming Back. Electronics pieces like the looping Reverie of Lack and the spacey Hemmingways reflect Trichotomy’s curiosity and the musicality that keeps their conversation fresh but undistracted. - John Fordham

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/feb/02/trichotomy-known-unknown-review-dreamy-jazz-trip-into-electronic-territory


TRICHOTOMY - KNOWN-UNKNOWN
All About Jazz

It's been a while, 4 years to be precise, but Australian piano trio Trichotomy is back. Known-Unknown appears after a break during which the band's members have been busy with numerous other projects and sees the first appearance of a new bassist, but it takes just a few bars of "Five" to reassure fans that this cohesive, exciting trio is back and on track. 

Pianist Sean Foran and drummer John Parker are joined by bassist Samuel Vincent and all three musicians contribute compositions—Foran getting the lion's share of writing credits with six tunes. On the band's previous release, Fact Finding Mission (Naim Label, 2013), the trio was augmented by various guest musicians. Known- Unknown eschews this approach, returning to the core trio with no additional players. 

All three band members are credited with electronics, used live to alter the acoustic instruments and hence to expand the tonal variation in the music. Such alteration is subtly done, on the hypnotic "Reverie Of Lack" for example. 

Foran's "Five" opens proceedings in a fairly straight-ahead style, the trio establishing a muscularity in its playing before calming things down somewhat. It's a fine example of the band's sense of dynamics and drama. "Cells," by Parker, has more of a narrative feel: a melancholy story courtesy of melodic opening and closing passages that bookend some group improvisation. "Past Tense" is Vincent's first composition for the trio and features his mournful arco bass. On this evidence, the new member will further strengthen the band's writing abilities. 

Trichotomy's powerful, muscular, playing style is again in evidence on "Asset Or Liability"—especially Parker's drums and percussion. "It's Strange Coming Back" is another Parker number, its title perhaps a nod to the band's extended absence. It's another showcase for the quieter and more reflective side of things and the album's prettiest tune. The repetitive "Semi- Quasars" hangs around a little too long but with "Hemmingways" Known-Unknown closes on a fluid and upbeat tone. 

Track Listing: Five; Cells; Junk; Imaginary Limits; Past Tense; Asset Or Liability; It’s Strange Coming Back; Reverie Of Lack; Semi-Quasars; Hemmingways. 

Personnel: Sean Foran: piano, electronics; Samuel Vincent: double bass, electronics; John Parker: drums, percussion, electronics. 

Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Challenge Records

Review link

Bruce Lindsay

 

Vinyl cover 

The lush cover art for the vinyl edition and score book was created by the wonderful Paul Underwood. Both of these are limited edition, numbered and signed by the band...  get em quick! 

New album + Tour early 2017 

we're hard at work on post production of the new album right now.... and we're very pleased to let you all know that it'll be out early 2017, and we'll be back in the UK for shows, plus into Europe and of course at home around Australia. More specifics soon!