In 1994, TRILLIAN GREEN: Ben Klein (Silver Flute), Christine Gunn (Cello), and Jarrod Kaplan (Percussion) met and began performing at The Oregon Country Fair. Soon after, The Trio developed their act on the Streets of Seattle, performing guerrilla style at Bumbershoot, Folklife, The Fremont Fair, The University Street Fair, and many other festive events. Coaxed by their rapidly growing, snail-mail informed fan base, they recorded a live (with Studio audience) CD, entitled, “Psycho Tantric Juju Jazz,” and sold hundreds of copies within the 1st 2 months of its release; solely at performances.

With a recording, and a mailing list, came shows in local Seattle Cafes & Venues. Sporting unique instrumentation, a lot of energy on stage, and music that seemed to cross many genre boundaries, TRILLIAN GREEN played to audiences of all types: from shared bills with the hardest of Seattle Grunge and Alternative Rock acts at The Offramp, to beyond-capacity packed acoustic shows at Café Paradiso and The Black Citroen (now extinct, in Fremont).

 
Trillian Green’s music, and act, had an appeal to audiences of all ages & walks of life. Younger audiences were drawn to the band’s energy & mystique, as well as the dance-ability of the music. Older audiences enjoyed the band’s acoustic instrumentation & melodic sensibility; and the fact that the group didn’t have to play loud to convey the music’s power & intensity. Universally, the band’s chemistry & connection with the audience was very entertaining to be a part of…

At the time Trillian Green was becoming more renown, a few other unique acoustic instrumental bands, songwriters, and acts, were beginning to emerge in the Seattle Scene: MANAH (Tom Armstrong, Elizabeth Pupo-Walker, and Steve Gauci), SPIRIT HOUSE, ERIC APOE & THE FURNACE, REGGIE GARRETT & THE SNAKE OIL PEDDLERS, THE NEW DRUIDS, THE BILLY TIPTON MEMORIAL SAX QUARTET (Amy Denio & Jessica Lurie), TRES MUNDOS, BAKSHISH, BABY GRAMPS, ARTIS THE SPOONMAN, JIM PAGE, and guitarist RICK SABO were a few of the acts performing in similar venues. Many bands were sharing musicians & supporting each other’s shows. Cafes & venues harbored Acoustic Musicians, and with a thriving scene of supportive fans, there was a sense that the “Post-Grunge Seattle Music Scene” had arrived.

From the stage, at a sold out Black Citroen show in 1995, Ben Klein coined the term, “THE ACOUSTIC REVOLUTION,” with an inspired declaration that Acoustic Music could powerfully & forcefully take over the mainstream music realm. Soon after, Jarrod Kaplan (the band’s Percussionist & Manager) further defined the term to describe the scene that “revolved around” the creation of Acoustic Music. With Trillian Green as the catalyst, Jarrod started OMNIVINE RECORDS and AGENCY to distribute recordings for, and book many of the acts within, the Acoustic Revolutionary Family of bands.

Trillian Green’s 1st West Coast tour in the Summer of 1995 had the band performing 31 shows (incl. Radio Stations & Record Stores) in 28 days, from Bellingham, WA to Santa Cruz CA. In some cases (in SF) the band performed at more than one venue in the same day. Days before shows were either spent Street Performing, or driving around distributing recordings (in person) to Radio Stations and Music Stores.

…On one occasion, at a venue in San Francisco, Trillian Green was sharing a show with a heavy Rock act called, Elysian Fields. The venue was set up with 2 stages, and the bands alternated 45-minute sets. After Elysian Fields finished their 1st set, the band’s dark audience moved over to fill the tables in front of Trillian Green’s candle-lit Stage.


At first, it didn’t look like the crowd was too happy to see a trio with Cello, Flute, and a Djembe player. In fact, a few people heckled the band, “What the hell is that, an overgrown violin?!”, “Come on flute-boy, let’s see what you got…” The funny thing was that, by the middle of the 1st song, the same people who’d been heckling were jaw-dropped, and all bought CDs at the end of the set!…

As a result of a lot of hard work, and a lot of performing, by the middle of 1996, TRILLIAN GREEN was informing a mailing list of thousands of fans, and selling out THE BACKSTAGE (500 Capacity, Seattle), EAGLES HALL BALLROOM, (350 Capacity, Bellingham, WA), THE MT. TABOR THEATER (400 Capacity, Portland, OR), THE WOW HALL (500 Capacity, Eugene, OR), THE MARK ANTHONY BALLROOM (300 Capacity, Ashland, OR), as well as 300-400 Capacity Venues in N. CA, from Arcata to Santa Cruz. This sell-out show trend continued through the end of the band’s career in February 1998, when, with no advertising, THE TRACTOR TAVERN (Seattle) had to turn away over 100 fans, some of who drove from as far as Canada, Montana, and N. CA inspired by the “rumor” that this was to be Trillian Green’s final show.

In 1996 and 1997, Trillian Green found themselves on Main Stages at BUMBERSHOOT, NW FOLKLIFE, THE FREMONT FAIR, THE SEATTLE PEACE CONCERTS (Gasworks & Volunteer Parks), SALMON DAYS (Ballard), THE NW HERBAL FAIRE (Bellingham, WA), THE OREGON COUNTRY FAIR, EUGENE CELEBRATION, THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY FOLK FESTIVAL, DIVINCI DAYS (Corvallis, OR), THE WHOLE EARTH FESTIVAL (Davis, CA), and THE HIGH SIERRA MUSIC FESTIVAL (Quincy, CA), among many others.

In the winter of 1997, TRILLIAN GREEN went into the freshly burned down HOUSE OF LEISURE recording studio with Sub-Pop Producer-Arranger Mark Nichols (The Walkabouts, Jeremy Enigk, Little Boy Goes to Hell) and Engineer Todd Fogelsonger (Crystal Park Mobile Recording Studio), to make their 2nd CD, “Metamorphoses”. Since the bulk of studio was literally charred from the fire, Todd pulled his Analog Recording Truck into the studio’s garage, and the band set up in the remaining 2 rooms. Ben (flute) set up in a room with a window that looked into another room where Jarrod (percussion) and Christine (cello) could see each other using a large mirror. In the dead of the dreary Seattle winter, with no central heat, a propane jet heater had to be turned on and off between recordings to keep everyone’s fingers from going numb… It was tricky, because the garage door had to be cracked open to allow for ventilation from the propane fumes… Despite the uncomfortable conditions, the tracks were magical, and as overdubs happened (with many guest musicians), the recording took on a sort of psychedelic life of its own…

Trillian Green independently released “Metamorphoses” on May 1st 1997, just in time for Festival season. By the end of the summer the band was receiving airplay on over 25 West Coast radio stations, as well as 2 nationally syndicated shows (Hearts of Space & Echoes), and could be found in most record stores along their tour route. Further however, internet savvy fans were spreading word of the music, and mail-orders were coming in from all over the world.

Classically, as the band’s success accelerated, so did the pressures to write, perform, and appear in the public eye more often. Unfortunately, at the time, this type of success and pressure was new to the band. The intense personalities that normally gelled to create such powerful and amazing music, soon polarized, and each member decided to go their own way…

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Ben Klein
made a solo CD called “Ben Flutism” (www.OMNIVINE.com), married his college sweetheart & started a family in Bozeman, MT.

Christine Gunn performed with The Walkabouts throughout Europe, and then grew her family some more in Seattle. She recently released a solo Cello CD called "Voice of the Tree” (www.ChristineGunn.com).

Jarrod Kaplan went on to perform, tour, and record with Devachan, Hanuman, Taarka, Woodland, The Joe Bean Rock Opera, and The CA Guitar Trio, and is now on call to perform with Cirque du Soleil. He currently lives in Eugene, OR, with his new family.

With time came growth, experience, and healing.

6 years later, as fate would have it, Jarrod crossed paths with the producers of a major Fantasy/Faerie-Realm inspired Celtic Musical event called Faerie Worlds (www.FaerieWorlds.com). Emelio & Kelly Miller-Lopez had recently moved to Eugene, and were seeking to renew the line-up of their Band, Woodland; the centerpiece act of their event. As long-time Trillian Green Fans, they dually propositioned Jarrod to perform with Woodland, and have Trillian Green reunite for a performance at their next Faerie Worlds Event.
On August 1st, 2004, Trillian Green reunited at Horning’s Hideout (N. Plains, OR) for an exclusive performance at The Faerie Worlds Festival. Reawakened to their powerful musical chemistry, the band put on a tremendous show, and soon after became thirsty to perform again…

Considering everyday work, family life and geography, TRILLIAN GREEN is now performing special events when time permits... As for now, here are the next few shows not to be missed:

NEW! Announcing New Shows
Emerson Ballroom
Friday April 28th, 2006 8 PM - All Ages
Tickets $18 in advance; $20 at the door
For info contact info@porterhouseproductions.com
Bozeman, MT
w/ The Drum Borthers

Friday, May 5th
@ The Strand/Cozmic Pizza
199 W. 8th Ave. (& Charnelton)
ALL AGES! Eugene, OR
$10-$15 (sliding scale) door / Kids under 12 Free!
Info: (541) 302-6013


NEW! Announcing Trillian Green's return to the Faerieworlds Festival!
Sunday, July 30th, 2006
Secret House Winery
HWY 126
Eugene, OR
Tickets at 800-992-TIXX
Info: (541) 687-0945
www.faerieworlds.com

www.omnivine.com
www.christinegunn.com

 

 

Trillian Green
"Metamorphoses"

Ben Klein
"BenFlutism"
 

Christine Gunn
"Voice of the Tree"

 

   


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