"Triism improvises on traditional Bulgarian songs [...] with authentic feeling."
- Svetoslav Nikolov , Jazz FM (Bulgaria)
-June 10th, 2016, Davis Enterprise
-Sep 29th, 2016, JazzFM
Triism is an award-winning jazz trio, featuring three of Yolo and Sacramento County's most active musicians: saxophonist Levi Saelua, bassist Alex Reiff and drummer Jim Frink. Opting for a 'leaderless' approach to the saxophone trio, the members of Triism have collaboratively built a vast repertoire of original music and creative arrangements. Over the last seven years, they have developed their unique sound by drawing from eclectic influences which stem from each member's individual musical experiences and interests, that include jazz, rock, Eastern European folk, pop, and improvised music. In 2016, their interpretations of Balkan folk music in a jazz context led Triism to the Bucharest International Jazz Competition, where they were awarded the Grand Prize. Triism continues to perform throughout Northern California, growing their fan base and introducing audiences to new and exciting music. Triism currently holds a monthly residency at the Root of Happiness Kava Bar in Roseville. Additionally, all three members of the trio maintain busy individual working schedules, performing and recording with Sacramento-area bands.
Saxophonist/composer Levi Saelua has worked as a professional musician since the age of 16. He has had the opportunity to perform with artists in a wide array of genres, from jazz to classical, hip hop to bluegrass. Levi studied jazz composition and saxophone at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY with composers Bill Dobbins and Dave Rivello, and saxophonists Chien-Kwan Lin, Jose Encarnación and Charles Pillow. Levi has performed and/or studied with artists such as Bob Brookmeyer, Jeff Beal, Fred Sturm, Bob Mintzer, Ryan Truesdell, Marc Broussard, and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. He has written, produced, and played on albums for groups and artists in California, Chicago and New York, and has traveled the world performing for audiences in the US, Australia, Asia, and Europe.
Alex Reiff studied jazz performance at Sacramento State University and has performed with world class musicians such as Donny McCaslin, Steve Turre, Dave Pietro, Nancy King, and Wycliffe Gordon. He is featured on numerous Sac State Vocal Jazz and Big Band recordings, as well as Perseverance by the Alex Jenkins Sound Immersion. Some of his musical influences include Charlie Haden, Jimmy Garrison, Wilbur Ware, Tom Waits, John Coltrane, Archie Shepp, and Wayne Shorter.
Jim Frink started with music at an early age and has played drums professionally since high school. He studied music at UC Santa Cruz, has performed internationally and has played and recorded in a wide variety of styles, including jazz, rock, funk, country, pop, Brazilian and Slavic folk music. Along with maintaining a private drum teaching studio, he has given clinics at the high school and university level as a guest lecturer.
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