Serguei Letov - leader; soprano and baritone saxophones, bass clarinet, alto flute, flute
Alexandr Alexandrov - bassoon
Ioury Parfenov - trumpet, althorn

TRI"O" was founded in Moscow in 1985 by Serguei Letov, Arcady Kirichenko (tuba) and Arcady Shilkloper (French horn). The first performance took place at art exhibition of the avant-garde group „21". A. Alexandrov has come in 1989 and Iu.Parfionov - in 1992. Originally ensemble has won a recognition among the underground artists - playing at art exhibitions, literary evenings, happenings, modern art festivals, etc.
Since 1986 TRI"O" participates in jazz festivals all over ex-USSR (including Vilnius Jazz Festival in Lithuania), in Poland, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy. TRI"O" made a lot of tours on jazz clubs of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Finland, USA, playing at such clubs as „Knitting Factory", "Anyway" (New York), „Bimhuis"(Amsterdam), „Blue Tomato"(Vienna) and „Sud des Alpes"(Geneva).
Together with Serguei Kuryokhin and his POP MECHANICS they played at Russia, Italy, Denmark, Finland and France. Together with the Danish guitar player Pierre Dørge and his band NEW EAST-WEST JUNGLE ORCHESTRA they played in Russia, Denmark and Germany. The musicians of TRI"O" realize themselves in different forms of art activities, among them are theater festivals - in Oslo, Yaroslavl, Odessa, - poetry festivals - in Milan and Kostroma, festivals of the avant-garde art in Volgograd and Moscow, collaboration with the theaters of Anatoly Vassiliev, Mikhail Mokeev, cinema and TV.

„Of course, one needn't be an Afro or American derivative to employ the structure, strategies, and freedoms of jazz. [...] particularly provocative small unit - Trio.., led by soprano sax/flute/bass clarinet Sergei Letov.... delved deeply into themselves for motives and vocabularies. They emerge with music based on personal and social experiences, generated by the same faith in spontaneous, self-aware utterance and life's vital pulse that gave rise to the earliest and sustains the newest jazz."

Howard Mandel DOWN BEAT, Sept. 1988

Concert Of TRI-O at INTERNET-Cafe SCREEN 25 of October 1997 in RealVideo


1. THREE HOLES. Modern music ensemble 'Three"O"'. Melodia (USSR) C60-28461, 1989
2. LENINGRAD JAZZ INTERNATIONAL'89. Melodia C60-30587,1990
3. DOCUMENT. New Music from Russia. Leo Records (England) CD LR 805
4. CONSPIRACY. Zurich 1989. Leo Records CD LR 810
5. TRIALOGUE. SoLyd Records SLR 0031 (Russia)