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Trichotomy

Trichotomy
Trichotomy are Australia's finest jazz export. So much more than a traditional jazz trio, this young ensemble add a touch of the avant-garde and a liberal spoonful of attitude to make a traditional recipe taste sweeter than ever.
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Biography

Truly captivating for a variety of audiences, TRICHOTOMY skillfully blend dense, exciting improvisations and delicate atmospherics, conjuring up sounds of modern jazz, ambient music, avant garde rock, free improvisation and contemporary classical music.

Formed in 1999 while studying at the Queensland Conservatorium, and performing under the name Misinterprotato in Australia, the group's sound is driven by award winning pianist Sean Foran, teamed with John Parker's expansive dynamic and timbral range on percussion and Patrick Marchisella's visceral touch on the double bass.

Trichotomy have performed around Australia at the Wangaratta Jazz festival, Woodford Folk Festival and Melbourne International jazz Festival, Brisbane Festival, Valley Jazz Festival, and the Apollo Bay Festival, among others. Internationally the trio have also appeared at the Calgary International Jazz Festival Canada, the Kutchan Jazz Festival Japan, World Expo Japan, and toured Japan several times. In 2009 they were invited to showcase at the prestigious MIDEM music conference in Cannes, France.

Their strength is a remarkable ability to appeal to jazz fans and the more non-jazz audiences, giving them the ability to fit an array of venues and festivals. They do this without compromising on style, and intensity in the music.
Inspiring improvisations, intuitive interaction, music does not often draw in its listeners so deeply. Watch our this antipodean three piece as they take the UK jazz scene by storm.


Management

info@trichotomymusic.com

Discography

Fact Finding Mission (180gm LP + HD Download Code)
Fact Finding Mission (180gm LP + HD Download Code) (2013)

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the lyricism of EST and energy levels of The Bad Plus while finding their own unique path

Strom (Free Download)
Strom (Free Download) (2013)

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FREE single from the aussie trio in celebration of their third Naim Jazz album Fact Finding Mission.

Fact Finding Mission
Fact Finding Mission (2013)

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the lyricism of EST and energy levels of The Bad Plus while finding their own unique path

The Gentle War
The Gentle War (2011)

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Trichotomy stake their claim as Australia's finest piano trio with this stunning follow up!

Chase (Free Download)
Chase (Free Download) (2010)

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FREE single from the aussie trio in celebration of their second Naim Jazz album The Gentle War.

Variations
Variations (2010)

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the enormously immediate yet poignant debut album from Australia's most forward thinking jazz trio

Videography

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Fact Finding Mission in The Australian
"a quite brilliant trio of stellar originality"
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Trichotomy in Jazzwise
3 Stars

"highly engaging peaks... the trio is in full flow"
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Trichotomy in the Wrexham Leader
"experimental, uptempo and a brilliant listen"
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Trichotomy in Fire On The Skin
"startling throughout... captivating"
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Trichotomy in The Jazz Breakfast
"thoroughly modern... diverse in character"
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Trichotomy in The Jazz Mann
"in superb form ... their finest work yet"
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Trichotomy in the Denbighshire Free Press
"experimental, uptempo and a brilliant listen"
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Trichotomy in South Wales Argus
"Instrumentally fabulous... ultimate chill out"
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Trichotomy in The Guardian
4 Stars

"an absorbingly varied menu... memorably moving"
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Trichotomy in the Financial Times
3 Stars

“catchy lines, strong moods and beaty rhythms”
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Trichotomy in All About Jazz
“Fact Finding Mission is the sound of one of the most exciting trios in contemporary music"
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Trichotomy in Properganda
“diverse in character… thoroughly modern”
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Trichotomy on Penny Black Music
"Innovative and skilful - ‘The Gentle War’ will impress an audience far wider than jazz diehards."
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The Gentle War in Record Collector
4 Stars

'The key to the band's allure is not only the adroit way they fuse delicate filigrees of melody with taut, muscular grooves, but also how they create absorbing soundscapes contrasting moods and emotions.'
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Trichotomy in The Guardian
'dramatic, absorbingly meditative, and a distinctive take on jazz fusion.'
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Trichotomy in The Times
'a forward-thinking piano trio that beefs up its subtle rhythmic and melodic interplay with some rock energy'
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Trichotomy in the Guardian
3 Stars

“Trichotomy is an accomplished and contemporarily harmonious outfit.”
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Trichotomy in the Yorkshire Post
“It's fresh and sometimes furious jazz that never slips into the predictable.”
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Trichotomy in The Jazz Mann
4 Stars

“If ‘Variations’ established Trichotomy as one of the world’s leading contemporary jazz piano trios then ‘The Gentle War’ consolidates that position…beautiful”
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Trichotomy in Jazzwise
4 Stars

“this one again hits the mark”
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Trichotomy in All About Jazz
“at the forefront of the newer generation of intelligent, thoughtful and inventive piano trios.”
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Trichotomy in BBC.co.uk
“a wonderfully unpredictable album…dramatic and effective”
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Trichotomy in LondonJazz
“Dynamic control and textural subtlety may be the trio's most obvious strengths, but the jazz-piano trio's other core values, lyricism, tunefulness and rhythmic vitality, are by no means neglected on this fine follow-up”
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Trichotomy on AllGigs.co.uk
'The opening track and the lighter moments suggest that their upcoming UK tour may see them playing to full appreciative rooms, packed with newcomers and fans of their earlier work alike'
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Trichotomy in Financial Times
3 Stars

“catchy loops, misty ballads and rocky beats tread grittily on a well-signposted path”
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Trichotomy in Jazz Breakfast
“highly attractive piano trio jazz with all the right modern flavours, from funky, chunky timing, to pop-friendly melodic hooks… The Gentle War will definitely hit the spot”
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Trichotomy on Red Hot Velvet
4 Stars

'This is serious music, made by series musicians, but it is accessible, tuneful, mature and brilliantly balanced'
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Trichotomy on AAA Music
'unexpectedly playful ...there is a definite rock sound here too'
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Trichotomy on Indie London
'an aural reflection of the band’s music that brings a rockier edge to the mix without compromising the beauty of their piano sound'
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Trichotomy on Vanguard Online
'By turns playful and melodic, The Gentle War is involving. The simplicity of a trio means that, in jazz, as here, the listener can follow the interplay of the different parts as distinct ideas without it merging into one sound. There’s a mind-enhancing pleasure in following the players as they interact and a clarity of sound.'
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Trichotomy in MOJO Magazine
4 Stars

“delightfully detailed ensembles, full of wit and vigour…they bamboozle with tricky time-signatures and intricate themes”
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Trichotomy on Blues And Soul
“These are an Australian piano-led trio and quite remarkable. A trio playing as one, shifting through various time signatures and textures.”
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Trichotomy in Jazz Weekly
“intricate and mood changing arrangements of each of these original pieces…sublime”
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Trichotomy in the Irish Times
4 Stars

“Startling contrasts in dynamics, unusual time signatures and great rhythmic flexibility are swept along in the flow of invention of exciting performances…a stunningly together group”
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Trichotomy in BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars

"this is a genuine trio, with three equally important parts, and they never put a foot or finger wrong" 5 stars!
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The Gentle War in The Independent on Sunday
"a bright, rock-influenced sound that emphasises the equal interplay of bass and drums with Sean Foran's piano."
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Trichotomy in Cadence Magazine
“a fine trio they are…Recommended”
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Variations on O'sPlace
"They project an image much larger than three musicians making excellent use of dynamics."
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Variations on Gapplegatemusicreview
'they seek to extend what a contemporary "jazz" piano-bass-drums unit might attempt.'
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Vatiations in Improvijazzation Nation
"I expect we will be hearing much more from this splendid trio, in fact I predict that they will ROCKET to the top of the charts & stay there for a few years if they keep putting out great jazz like this! I give them a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an "EQ" (energy quotient) rating of 4.98."
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Variations on Jazzreview
"Trichotomy are the essence of the jazz trio, they bring skill, creativity and a vision to their work. I count this CD among the best that I have come across in my continuing explorations"
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Variations on Burningambulance
"This is a much more head-spinning album than yesterday's piano trio offering. I highly recommend checking it out"
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Variations on This is Book's Music
"Variations is an album that makes me want to kiss it from the toes up"
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Trichotomy in Jazzchicago
"this exceptional trio proves that jazz not only exists in Australia, but startles the listener with the creativity and high quality of their unique musical direction"
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Trichotomy on Audiophile
3½ Stars

"The players’ interaction is clairvoyant and fluent while exploring their collective communication."
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Trichotomy in Allaboutjazz
'The Australian Trio turn velocity into momentum.... with throbbing abandon'
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Trichotomy in The Irish Times
4 Stars

'this is a trio whose decade together has given tham a personal accent, with abundant ideas and technique to go with them'
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Variations in St Joe News
"compelling, hugely dynamic...award winning"
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Variations in The Midwest Record
"This is a solid set that just plain delights the ear. Well worth a spot on your mp3 player. Fresh and original in the best sense of the words"
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Variations in The York Press
"These are conservatoire-trained musicians as well as being well schooled in jazz...impressive"
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Variations in Jazzwise
3 Stars

"very ‘now'-sounding...beautifully poised"
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Variations in Trioriot
"Trichotomy’s 'Variations' reminds us that some people still know how to play mechanically generated notes together and make them sound like they were caressed by the wind from an angel’s wings"
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Variations in the Evening Standard
3 Stars

"tuneful, scholarly approach to improvisation recalls the lyricism of EST and energy level of The Bad Plus...excellent"
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Variations in Manchester Evening News
5 Stars

"A suitable candidate to fill the large-shaped hole left by EST"
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Variations in Irish Times
'Variations is full of imaginative twists and turns'
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Variations on JazzBreakfast
"strong tunes, good grooves and a nice range of moods"
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Variations on The JazzMann
4 Stars

"transcends the sum of it’s influences to come up with a powerful individual statement"
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Variations on bbc.co.uk
"versatility that produces a new band style, drawn from many quarters"
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Variations on VortexJazz.co.uk
"original and striking enough to make a mouth-watering prospect indeed. Recommended."
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Variations in The Scotsman
3 Stars

"from atmospheric textural explorations and luminous ballads to the dense, driving distortions"
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Variations on AllAboutJazz.com
"...fresh and exciting-and, yes, varied. Variations should be the album that propels Trichotomy to world-wide recognition"
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Variations in Northern Echo
"from high energy through pastoral to reflective and hints of varied influences"
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Variations in The Guardian
4 Stars

"These three make the resources of the conventional piano trio go a long way."
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