At the heart of Leeds improvisational music scene sit a triad of boundary-pushing musical zealots, whose tastes and influences know no boundaries.
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.