Q & A with Sean Foran


Jazz group Trichotomy are performing in our Brisbane showroom on the 10th of October 2014 as part of DeClassified Music series.  We caught up with their pianist Sean Foran who is also a composer and educator.



1. How did Trichotomy start out? 


We originally formed as the group ‘Misinterprotato’, while studying at the QLD Con. It was one of those uni band projects… but quickly morphed into something that we wanted to carry on professionally. A few years ago we changed the name of the group to Trichotomy… for a few reasons, and to make it easier for our European fans – Misinterprotato was a little bit of a mouthful!



2. What sort of projects has Trichotomy been involved in this year?


It’s been a huge year for collaborations. We’ve toured with UK saxophonist Julian Arguelles and  performed new work in Brisbane with Collusion and Choreographer Nerida Matthei. Then we collaborated with the Southern Cross Soloists for a huge new work that was supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and premiered at the Bangalow Chamber Music Festival.  Our last two collaborations include our Declassified show and the Tyalgum chamber music festival with the Lunaire ensemble, a wind quintet.  A massive year of new work and exciting collaborations! 



3. What do you get up to at JMCAcademy?


I’m the Head of Music there, and the course is a contemporary performance degree. The students study in quite broad contexts stylistically and also we skill them up in technology skills & business practices, so ideally, they are solid musicians but also have an understanding of the industry. I’m quite lucky to have a fantastic group of sessional lecturers, some of the best people around! 



4. Do you find the city of Brisbane an inspiring place to be based professionally?


Yes indeed… Sure, we are not NYC or London, but there’s a core community of creative musicians who are making fantastic work. Plus, there are performance opportunities – venues, festivals, concert series…. all kinds of things. 



5. What can audience members expect to hear at A State of Change on October 10 for DeClassified Music? 


We will be performing some works that we wrote a little while ago as part of a series of collaborations. It’s quite exciting to play them for audiences again as they haven’t been heard all that much. Additionally, John and I have co-written a new work inspired by one of the paintings at the Fireworks Galley, “Out of the Dark Sky” by Yvonne Mills-Stanley, a QLD artist. We’ve actually never composed something based on an artwork before so it’s been a really interesting process for us…something that I’m definitely keen to try again. The string quartet is an interesting match for Trichotomy.. they augment our sound in quite a natural way & I do feel like we can take the music to new places by utilising additional harmonic and rhythmic layers. 

It’s a lot of fun to play in this combined ensemble, and I think it’ll be captivating for the audience. 





Venue: Brisbane Steinway Piano Showroom

            Theme & Variations Piano Services

             60 Commercial Road, Newstead



Jazz trio Trichotomy will present their suite of works for piano/bass/drums and string quartet, these pieces featuring the trio’s signature intensely rhythmic and dynamic style merging with cutting edge string parts. Included will be a new work written specifically for DeClassified Music 2014, this suite being followed by a performance of the jazz-influenced work Facing Deathfor amplified string quartet by Dutch composer Louis Andriessen.


State of Change – Foran  

Dancing about Architecture – Parker 

The Spiral – Foran 

Acre of Time – Foran 

Life gets in the Way – Parker     

New Commissioned Work for DCM 2014 – Parker/Foran* 


Facing Death – Louis Andriessen

*inspired by an artwork by Yvonne Mills-Stanley courtesy of FireWorks Gallery


Sean Foran  piano

John Parker    drums

Sam Vincent    acoustic bass

Sarah Curro   violin

Bec Adler        violin

Bernard Hoey     viola

Dan Curro    cello


Theme & Variations Piano Services is also supporting Tyalgum Festival again in 2014.  You can also see Sean Foran and co. there too.

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