• Staring into the Sun

    TRI-FI: Staring into the Sun

    ★★★★ - Downbeat
    "Tri-Fi's newest collection of originals is the best example yet of their intimate group interplay."

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  • Sputnik

    718: Sputnik

    The debut album from (718) mixes the sounds of vintage electric piano, electric bass and drum set with modern effects to create a unique experience that is both soulful and progressive.

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POSTED: September 7, 2015

Parallel States – A collaborative project with my sister

Parallel States

My sister, Loryn Spangler-Jones (visual artist) and I have been collaborating on a new work of art and music. It’s been an exciting process of blurring the lines between visual and aural – where art is created to inspire musical composition and music is composed to inspire a visual image.

Join us for Parallel States – an exhibition showcasing the art that was created combined with a live performance of the music.

Time to Make the DoughnutsListen Here

Here’s a sample of the work we’re creating. This is an example of a solo piano piece I created inspired by Loryn’s art.

Her piece “Time to Make the Doughnuts” (shown on the left) inspired my composition, “The Sweet Life.”

(Sorry, I just couldn’t bring myself to title my piece “Time to Make the Doughnuts”)

The Sweet Life (excerpt)

POSTED: May 16, 2015

In the Studio with Phil Palombi

I’m currently at the beautiful Clubhouse recording studio in Rhinebeck, NY recording with bassist Phil Palombi. It is an album of his original music and the session has been a fantastic creative experience. I’m working with Phil, Keith Hall (drummer with my TRI-FI trio) and Tony Romano (guitar) – and the recording has been a fantastic process of exploration of harmonies, sounds and textures. We’re working with the engineer, George Petit – who is capturing some gorgeous sounds. I’m playing the studio’s wonderful Steinway B, my own Vintage Vibe electric piano, and a few other keyboards.

Can’t wait for the finished product!

Piano at Clubhouse with micsSteinway at the Clubhouse Vintage Vibe and other toys

POSTED: May 9, 2015

Solo Piano Recording and Art Collaboration

Recording on the big Steinway at One Soul StudioI spent a few afternoons in One Soul Studio this week recording a set of original solo-piano music. It’s a collaboration with my sister, Loryn Spangler-Jones. Loryn is a visual artist and we decided to create a body of work by drawing inspiration from each others’ work – I created music inspired by new pieces of her art, and she is creating art inspired by pieces of my new music. Together we’ll have a new body of work that is somehow connected. It’s been a really exciting, fun and challenging collaboration!

Look for a recording to be released later this year! Stay tuned…

POSTED: April 13, 2014

4-Star Review from Downbeat Magazine

DownbeatJohn Ephland at Downbeat gave TRI-FI’s new album Staring into the Sun a very nice 4-star review in the April 2014 issue!

“Tri-Fi’s newest collection of originals is the best example yet of their intimate group interplay… Call it a relaxed yet fervent approach to express joy, wonder, surprise. The kind of qualities jazz lovers look for anytime they’re hungry for connection”

Read the full review on the TRI-FI Website.