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TRICHOTOMY are one of Australia’s most inventive contemporary music ensembles. So much more than a traditional jazz trio, this group expands the capacities of the classic piano/ bass/drums combination with elements of the avant-garde and a fresh attitude they bring to their music. 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.
Their debut album “now for the free” released in 2003 gathered them critical acclaim. The Sydney Morning Herald called them “full of brilliant promise” while The Age noted - “a polished debut...finesse not usually found on a first album”.
Their second release “In is In” released on the boutique label Jazzhead is an even stronger development for the group. The Australian called it “intelligent and moodily reflective....4 stars”, while “Rhythms” said, “Filled with emotion and space and rich in texture and interaction, ‘In is In’ marks and impressive growth in their maturity and assurance.”
”Variations” is released in 2010 through the stunning UK-based label NAIM with the album being re-mastered and repackaged for the label. Naim also have made the record available online in full 24bit quality, to get as close to the real studio sound as possible for the listener. "Variations" encapsulates the vision, virtuosity and passion to discover new ground which sets this group apart. Vastly dynamic the group expand on the trio lineup with guest artists on trumpet, strings, and electronics, giving an added dimension to the music. "Variations, quite simply, is dazzling, building on the band's interests in improvisation, the avant-rock of later Radiohead and the minimalism often associated with European jazz label ECM." - The Courier Mail, Australia
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. Comparisons can be drawn with other progressive trios, The Bad Plus, E.S.T, Jeff Neve and Helge Lien, but the sound of TRICHOTOMY is unmistakeable. The inventive balance between detailed composed contrapuntal lines and free-wheeling improvisations is electric.
Inspiring improvisations, intuitive interaction, music does not often draw in its listeners so deeply. TRICHOTOMY are a trio at the forefront of creative music.

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