As a band named after a mathematical concept, surely this trendy jazz trio are wizards with numbers?
“I would say no,” Trichotomy pianist Sean Foran says. While maths may not be their strong suit, Sean’s quick to add further insight into the band and the interesting theory behind their name. “It's a balance thing, you know, it's not a one person leading thing. It's really balanced and that's what we think is an important, critical aspect to the music.”
After releasing then touring their last album, 'Fact Finding Mission', for the past year, Trichotomy will play their final show in Brisbane this December. Taking a trip down memory lane, the performance will consist of old favourites, as well as tracks from 'Fact Finding Mission'. “[Touring the album] was a nice way to keep the spirit of it alive for a longer time, which we thought was really nice because we spent so much time making it.
“This is the last show for the year which is pretty exciting. We'll be playing a bunch of old stuff alongside some of the stuff on the latest album, so it'll be a varied range of material. It's gonna be a very special show and we're gonna really try and traverse the catalogue. And it'll be my birthday, which is fab!” Sean beams with delight. “We're gonna have cake – we definitely need to have cake.”
When it came time to explore certain musical elements with ‘Fact Finding Mission’, Sean admits they did travel a less conservative path than previous recordings. “I don't know if there's an overall theme – there's always a sense of playfulness and fun to the music that we create, and there are different collaborations that move outside of our usual sound. It seems to be moving outside of contemporary jazz and bringing in more collective influences which, for us, is really fun, and hopefully when people listen to it, it sounds fresh.”
Another important element with Trichotomy is melody, as Sean explains. “I think that melody is such an important thing – having a melody that's strong and that people can follow. There are ups and downs, and twists and turns and if that's not there, it just kind of gets boring. So having that strong melody is important so that people can then paint their own picture.”
As an instrumental ensemble, Sean says the trio have managed to have fun creating “bizarre and zany” music videos. “It's always about what's crazy and fun and different. There's that sense of fun and we want it to be really enjoyable — almost like a mini movie.”
Trichotomy play The Box, West End, Sunday December 15 — from 6pm.