Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra
The Edmonton, Alberta-based Modo Trio was founded in 1999 by trombonist Craig Brenan and bassist Jeff Johnson to explore their mutual interest in Electroacoustic Chamber and spontaneous improvised music, as well as the Drum ‘n’ Bass music that was reaching Western Canada at that time. The group solidified its current line-up when drummer Bill George joined the group in 2003, and has continued to evolve its approach, bringing inspirations such as dub music into its already eclectic sound. Defined by Brenan’s rare use of harmonizers and loops to augment the sound of his acoustic trombone, Modo Trio has been called “a fascinating mix of exotic contemporary grooves and improvisation” (Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal), toured across its native Canada and appeared on Canadian television. Prior to The Uninvited, the group self- released two recordings, including 2005’s You Are Being Probed, which received extensive airplay on Canadian radio. Their third CD, The Uninvited, was produced by New York multi-instrumentalist Jamie Saft (piano, Rhodes, mini Moog and guitar), who joins the group on all ten tracks and adds an exciting new dimension to their sound.