Sean Foran, Jazz musician, TRICHOTOMY

Creating art that is personally fulfilling and that people can enjoy ...

Sean Foran is one of Australia’s most inventive and acclaimed musicians and the genius pianist behind international jazz trio TRICHOTOMY – formerly known as the celebrated Brisbane jazz trio Misinterprotato. The decade old contemporary jazz group renamed themselves to signify a new era in the groupʼs career. Formed in 1999 while studying at the Queensland Conservatorium, the trio has released five highly acclaimed albums with the most recent release ‘The Gentle War’ being nominated for a Bell Award (Contemporary Jazz album of the Year). Revered internationally TRICHOTOMY launch the new name with a show at the Judith Wright Centreʼs Shopfront space on April 28. If you’re looking for a rare and exquisite musical treat, this is one night not to miss!

How do you like to start your weekend?
A lazy coffee is essential … whether that be at home or at Buzz Stop Cafe in Samford.

What’s your favourite thing to do on a Saturday morning?
Hanging with my one year old daughter is the best. A perfect way to start the weekend … lots of laughs.

How do you like to unwind?
The hammock on my balcony works nicely, headphones on with the latest album I’m listening to.

What are your essentials for a well-spent weekend?
Catching up with friends, a good glass of red in there somewhere, and some time at the piano.

What’s something you’ve been meaning to do on the weekend but haven’t got around to yet?
Hitting the beach at Burleigh Heads.

What’s your favourite thing to do on a Sunday evening?
A bit of couch time with a film is good. Some preparation for the upcoming week and I usually do my best composing of an evening when I feel relaxed.

What are you looking forward to next weekend?
Parasailing on the Gold Coast and and some comedy at the BrisbanePowerhouse.

What are you reading at the moment?
Absurdistan by former ABC foreign correspondent Eric Campbell. Some strange and interesting stories from his time around the world.

What inspires you?
Success stories of Australian artists & my beautiful daughter Estelle.

What was your childhood dream?
I did really want to be Spiderman when I was a kid … later on my dream was to be an explorer. I suppose that’s the travel bug early on.

What has been your greatest achievement?
Musically, Tokyo Jazz Festival was a big highlight. Of course family is number one. Estelle’s first year has been amazing.

What is success to you?
Creating art that is personally fulfilling and that people can enjoy.

What are your words of wisdom?
Work hard & never give up.

Only a local would know that …
The Avid Reader tuna wasabi turkish sandwich is just delicious.


Perk up … Anywhere with great coffee … Grub St in Mitchelton is a local one that I love.
Relax … My yard. It has a wonderfully bushy backdrop that is so calming.
Dine … Crosstown Eating House.
Indulge … Dinner and a show at somewhere like The Judith Wright Centre or the Brisbane Powerhouse.
Shop … West End Markets.
Catch-up … A local park
Be inspired … My studio at home. It’s quiet and calm – my creative space.


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