trioVD are unlike any other band on the
planet. Their music cannot be described without juxtaposing one genre with
another equally as far flung in polar opposition.
Their 2009 debut album Fill It Up With
Ghosts redefined preconceptions of contemporary British jazz, winning MOJO Jazz
Album of the Year and Jazzwise Album Of The Year, and yet, despite the ever
present ‘J' word their shows are populated by voracious crowds of old-proggers
and muso-teens who aspire only to possess the heel-toe of drummer Bussey, the
sweep-pick of guitarist Sharkey or the growl of saxophonist de Bezenac. But
despite its abundance, virtuosity is not what makes trioVD so special. It is
the uniform vision that the trio possesses as a group, and an ability to
express this with mind-blowing coherence, which makes trioVD a hit with the
most open-minded of music fans.
trioVD are the jewel in the leftfield
crown of LIMA (Leeds Improvised Music Association), where the three musicians
met in 2005, coagulated by their mutual love of rock, dance, metal and anything
harmonically or rhythmically out of the ordinary. The band's first improvised
gig as a trio, on Valentine's Day 2006 forced them to adlib the name ‘trioVD',
which stuck with them, as the group organically began writing more and more
original material. Their debut London gig at the prestigious and packed Vortex
set them on a path that saw their debut album draw critical mass from Time Out
to BBC Introducing, with standing ovations from The Garage in London to North
Sea Jazz Festival. The group were also commissioned by The Guardian to record a
reimagining of Radiohead's Nude for London Jazz Festival.
In November 2011, trioVD debut for Naim
with their conceptual E P ‘X', dedicated to the behemoth British televisual
institution of a similar name, featuring conceptual compositions inspired by
and celebrating its numerous personalities including compositions titled
Tulisa, Barlow, Walsh and Kelly, already receiving support from the influential
John Kennedy on XFM along with the BBC's Jazz On 3.
2012 looks bright for trioVD, with a full album
release penned for Spring and a wealth of international performances from rock
festivals to jazz clubs, as always appealing to anyone and everyone who is
prepared to have their mind blown by the most original of original music out
there in the world today.
- ...A truly mesmerising band, go and see them as soon as you can.
- ...earth-shattering, taking a sledgehammer to preconceived limitations of jazz...
- Time Out
- ...this band’s edgy humour, dark near-Satanic thrashing and disdainful virtuosity is both vivid and refreshing...bursting with barely contained passion...an explosive performance...expect further sightings of Marshall amps in jazz clubs near you.
- The terrific Leeds-based trioVD followed up with an equally ferocious display, this time a fast, tight and awesomely expert conjunction of spiky high-energy compositions, uninhibited sax and guitar improv and machine-gun drumming.
- John Fordham - London Jazz Festival Review, The Guardian
- Parliamentary Jazz Award for Fill It Up With Ghosts 2010
- Best Jazz Album of the year 2010 - MoJo Magazine
- BBC Introducing 2010
- Best Album of the year - Yorkshire Jazz Awards 2010
- Chris Bussey - Drums
- Christophe de Bezenac - Alto Sax - Electronics
- Chris Sharkey - Electric Guitar