triosh

Here are a few videos of my improvising trio triosh (trio-sh, or, in Welsh, tri-o-sh), an improvising trio playing ambient punk jazz featuring the amazing Gary Foote on drums, the wonderful Niall Ross on tenor and soprano sax and myself on guitars and effects.

I formed this improvising trio, triosh, in 2009 to perform a fund raising gig for the Sesiwn Fawr Appeal Fund. After a hiatus of 15 months during which life put paid to further music making, the trio was resurrected with a fantastic new line up.

On drums and percussion is Gary Foote. Gary's been playing drums since the age of 11, at 20 he started playing saxophone and has since been involved in music in every conceivable form — jazz, rock, dance, ambient, techno, folk, blues, ska, reggae, pop and world music. Currently playing drums, percussion, sax and flute with Joan Armatrading, his other regular gigs are with British soul legend Zoot Money and Jacqui McShee's Pentangle Amongst the many great musicians he's made music with are Jools Holland, Jamiroquai, Tom Jones and The Bee Gees

Niall Ross plays tenor and soprano sax. For several years Niall was a member of the Grand Union Orchestra in London playting alongside such jazz luminaries as Chris Biscoe,Tony Kofi and Claude Deppa. With Louise Elliot he was featured in a Radio 3 performance from Sadlers Wells. Played regularly with pianist Steve Beresford in various bands which included Dave Alexander, Lol Coxhill and the great ska trombonist Rico Rodriguez. Niall has also been involved in many styles of music including free improvisation, ska, world, samba, Irish traditional, jazz, soul, disco & rock.

Steve Howlett is on guitar and effects and is probably best known as an award winning sculptor and wood turner. He played in many jazz & rock groups in west Wales, played with Damo Suzuki (former singer with Can) and Nik Turner (ex Hawkwind). In 2005 he formed a duo with world renowned improvising genius and jazz vocalist Maggie Nicols and again with Maggie Nicols formed the quartet Dynamite Dream. Inventive wood shaper and music maker Maggie Nicols.

Triosh play a mixture of original material, plus a lot of improvised material taken out of the air. Probably best described as ambient punk jazz, all of the material is a basis for improvising — we take it apart and embark on a unique journey, different every time but always with feeling.