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For a group that has been making music since 1999, every album is an opportunity for us to create something new, to test ideas, to challenge ourselves, to break expectations, to bend process, to surprise the listener. This album is our continued attempt at these concepts, and is the collective voice of three musicians operating as one. It’s been a little while in the making… perhaps longer than we had planned…..

We had come to the recording session with a mix of material. Some we had performed live extensively and shaped through those experiences, and there were some new compositions, written specifically for the session and the album.

The Known and Unknown.

Sure, that is an apt description of the material that we approached over 5 days in June 2016, but more importantly it is a representation of the push and pull within improvised music. The known elements, such as written melodies, harmonies and rhythms are combined with the unknown moments… the collective improvised experience, the dynamic and textural changes that happen in the moment and the collective emergent sound created for this precise time only.
For us, the Known and Unknown is the beauty, exhilaration and energy of the music. The music cannot exist without both, and both must remain in balance.

Our hope is that you hear into the music, the layers, the moment, and the melody within.

Sean Foran - piano + electronics
John Parker - drums + electronics
Sam Vincent - bass + electronics


released February 10, 2017

A&R Challenge Records by Anne de Jong

Recorded at QLD Conservatorium Griffith University, Brisbane 22-26 June 2016
Engineering by Mark Smith and Addison Joy
Mixing by Mark Smith and John Parker
Mastering by Mark Smith and John Parker

Produced by Trichotomy

Tracks: 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10 composed by Sean Foran
Tracks: 2, 7, 8 composed by John Parker
Track: 5 composed by Samuel Vincent

Product coordination by Boudewijn Hagemans
Photography by Sam Scoufos/Michelle Secis
Design by Juan Carlos Villarroel & Natasja Wallenburg, New Arts International

Trichotomy would like to thank: all our Pozible supporters, the venues that provide us with
a platform to play our music, Mark, Addison, Sam and Paul for their inspiring work, Lynette
Irwin, all @ Challenge Records, Clive Johnson, Mish Photography, Julian Arguelles + Cathie
Rae, Ragz, Andrew Walker, APRA, Australian Music Centre, Expressions Dance Company,
QCGU, Andrew Butt, and the Trichotomy families - Jocelyn, Nicole, Felix, Theo, Chloe, Estelle,
Mischa - you inspire us to create.

And thank YOU for supporting original music.



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Trichotomy Brisbane, Australia

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 by skillfully blending dense, exciting improvisations and delicate atmospherics, conjuring up sounds of modern jazz, ambient music, avant-garde rock, free improvisation and contemporary classical. ... more

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