Myriad3 was an accident. Chris Donnelly, Daniel Fortin, and Ernesto Cervini had never played together until a few substitutions and a twist of fate put them on stage together for the first time in late 2010. Since then, the trio has been making music in every jazz club in the Greater Toronto Area.
The band is a true collective. Each member acts simultaneously as a leader and a sideman. They play mostly original music that features different aspects of jazz improvisation, ensemble playing and contemporary composition. Myriad3 is modern jazz, meets classical, meets pop, meets Oscar Peterson.
In November 2012, Myriad3 released their debut album, Tell on Universal/Alma Records....
“It is with “C Jam Blues” wherein their sharp taste for voluntary disruption is the most obviously noticeable. The trio succeeds in giving the impression of an Oscar Peterson LP which a DJ has amused himself by changing the tempos at random (and thus the tonalities) – passing the torch of the grand tradition of jazz trios which originated in Toronto. A revelation!” – Ludovic Florin, Jazz Magazine
“Donnelly, Fortin and Cervini come up with an alchemy strongly rooted in jazz, but with the gumption to go just about anywhere.” – Victor Aaron, Something Else! Reviews
“...shows how successful trios can be in staying away from the boring threesomes that haunt lobbies and small clubs....music built on leanness and equal roles by the members.... an individual approach to music stands out” — Bob Karlovits, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“A wonderfully jubilant album filled with energetic tracks meshing together jazz, some rock, some pop and some classical rhythms. If this album is any indication, these three young musicians will go far in the music world and are sure to gain a large and loyal following.” – Sari Kent, Celebrity Café
“There are moments when Myriad3 might remind you of The Bad Plus (especially the Trio's dynamic range and wonderful balance of melody and percussive drive)... Tell is quite a lot of fun.” – Richard Kamins, Step Tempest
“There are inventive twists and turns, harmonic and dynamic changes on the fly and a hard swing boarding on the infectious... Myriad3 is cutting edge, the future of modern jazz.” – Brent Black, Critical Jazz
“If you’re a fan of the jazz-on-the-edge sounds of E.S.T. or The Bad Plus, this one from the Toronto- based trio Myriad3 will be right up your alley.” – Ken Franckling, Jazz Notes
“A smoking jazz trio with arty leanings that aren't off-putting in any way, they land somewhere between ‘50s Ramsey Lewis and ‘70s ECM in such a delightful way that it's irresistible.” – Chris Spector, Midwest Record Recap
“The infallible voice of Myriad3’s latest Tell is wonderfully scored, melodically adventurous and played brilliantly by this gifted threesome.” – Rob Young, The Urban Flux