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Mim Eichmann

After several decades as the artistic director and choreographer of Midwest Ballet Theatre in the Chicago area, Mim Eichmann’s involvement as a musician and singer/songwriter has fairly recently replaced her dance pursuits. In addition to her work with Trillium, she has written and released two original children’s cds with Trillium’s Doug Lofstrom: Wander Down Beyond the Rainbow and Why Do Ducks Ducks Have Webby Toes? and has created a live children’s show called “Miss Mim & Friends – Music & Movement” which performs many of these songs throughout the Chicago area.

Although hammered dulcimer playing styles are quite unique to every individual, her HD style is influenced by Bill Robinson, Dona Benkert, Kendra Ward and Tony Elman. Her primary vocal inspirations include Alison Krause, Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, Loreena McKennitt, Eva Cassidy, Julie Andrews and Enya.
 

Doug Lofstrom

Doug Lofstrom has been playing bass for more years than he can remember and in just about every possible genre imaginable!  His extensive experience in composing and arranging serves Trillium well when conjuring up new material for the group’s eclectic repertoire. 

Over the years, among his many music-related credits, he has been musical director for Chicago’s Free Street Theatre and composer-in-residence for the Evanston’s Symphony of the Shores.  He teaches bass, music composition and music theory at Columbia College Chicago.  His group, Doug Lofstrom and The New Quartet, which performs extensively in the Chicago area, recently released its newest CD entitled One Voice.

For more information about Doug, visit his web site at: www.DougLofstrom.com

 

 

Jordi Kleiner

At the age of 5, Jordi began studying violin, long enough ago to get the squeak out. He has played classical music in multiple orchestras, including the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen, and Swarthmore College Orchestra, before founding a violin studio.

Twenty years ago, Jordi landed in his musical home of improvisational and collaborative genres, where he now writes original tunes and has the pleasure of "putting the icing on the cake" of some of the finest singer-songwriters in the Chicagoland area. Jordi draws primarily from traditions of Irish Fiddling, Chicago Blues, Eastern European Gypsy, American Bluegrass, Argentinian Tango, French Gypsy Jazz, Viennese Waltzes, and Brasilian Choro. 
 

 

Scott Sedlacek

Although at age 13, Scott was begging for an electric guitar, his mom wisely opted for an acoustic one instead. As he became more involved with his guitar work and songwriting, he attended Columbia College Chicago, majoring in music. After he graduated, Scott was hired to work as Columbia’s Music Theater Department’s AV/tech director. Additionally, he worked as a sound engineer, coordinator and guitarist for the Chicago Jazz Ensemble.

He has also played shows for the Mercury Theater Chicago as well as many other theater productions throughout the Chicago area. Scott’s music influences run the gamut from Charlie Christian to Steve Vai, and there’s a special place in his heart for anything by Hank Williams.
 

Ed Hall

In Memoriam
Very sadly, Ed Hall passed away on March 15, 2016. Ed had played guitar and banjo for Trillium since the group was formed. A memorial gathering and celebration of Ed's life was held at the Woodstock Opera House on Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a memorial service starting at 2:00 p.m. Additional information is available at the
Northwest Daily Herald.

Born in Paducah, Kentucky, and raised in various locations like Pittsburg, PA and Calumet City, IL, Ed Hall at first wanted to play the accordion, mostly because he was crazy about a girl in his fourth grade class who played it.  Then came the Beatles and every young boy wanted a guitar, but Ed had to spend the next two years pretending on a tennis racquet and borrowing guitars from friends, until he finally got one for Christmas while in the sixth grade.  Ed soon discovered that it was not hard for him to teach himself to play by figuring out notes and chords off of records and the radio.

Then while working as a staff member at a Boy Scout camp after high school graduation, a friend talked him into buying some finger picks, and a whole new world of guitar playing opened up to him.  Fingerpicking guitar became an obsession, learning as much about this style as he could.  Ed’s early guitar influences were the Beatles, John Denver, Doc Watson, Chet Atkins, Stefan Grossman, and Ed’s guitar hero Gamble Rogers.

Ed’s approach to fingerstyle guitar has always been to try to arrange pieces for guitar that are not typically played on one guitar, difficult pieces, arranged as accurately as possible by ear.  Instrumentals like The William Tell Overture, Hoedown from Rodeo by Copland, The Hungarian Rhapsody II by Liszt, and The Theme From Peter Gunn are now part of the classic arrangements in his repertoire

The pinnacle so far in Ed’s career came in September 1991 when he won the coveted National Fingerpicking Championships at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.

Ed performed with Jeff Friedlander from 1973 to 2003 as the acoustic music duo “Friedlander and Hall”.  Friedlander now resides in Denver, CO.  Ed toured as a solo guitarist and played guitar and banjo with the eclectic, Celtic, ragtime, swing, and folk band “Trillium”.

Credits

Discography

  • Gamble Rogers Folk Festival Fingerstyle Guitar Contest, St. Augustine, FL
    Champion, 1999

  • National Fingerpicking Guitar Championships, Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, KS
    Champion 1991

  • American Fingerstyle Guitar Festival, Milwaukee, WI
    Fourth Place, 1989

  • National Fingerpicking Guitar Championships, Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, KS
    Third Place 1988

Friedlander and Hall

  • “Utah Moon”, 1980
  • “Chicago Style”, 1984
  • “Strings Attached”, 1992
  • “Factory Town”, 1994

Ed Hall Solo Guitar

  • “Guitarolio”, 1995

Trillium

  • “Over the Waterfall”, 2005
 
 

Jonathan De Souza

Jonathan De Souza has played the violin for as long as he can remember. He started lessons at the age of three, following the Suzuki method. Growing up in Ontario, Canada, Jonathan and his family made music at living-room singsongs, at church, and around the campfire. He enjoys playing many instruments and many styles, including traditional fiddling, jazz, and classical chamber music.

 

For his BMus, Jonathan attended the University of Western Ontario in his hometown of London, Canada. Here he led the university orchestra’s viola section and majored in theory and composition. His compositions range from choral/orchestral concert works to experimental electronic sound installations to musicals for schoolchildren.

 

Jonathan has written extensively for the stage, as both a playwright and a composer. He has toured the Canadian fringe theatre circuit, getting warm reviews and a few awards: The Devil Loves to Haggle (2003, co-written with Peter Cavell) and You Kiss by the Book (2005) each won Best Musical at the Brickenden Awards for Excellence in London (ON) Theatre.

In 2005, Jonathan and his wife, Heather, moved to England, where he did a master’s degree at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in music theory at the University of Chicago and joined Trillium in October, 2008.

 

Paul Russell

When Paul Russell was five years old, his dad took him by the hand and they went on a walk.  Paul asked where they were going, but his dad said that it was a surprise.   They came back with a violin, which was the beginning of Paul’s exciting musical journey.

During high school he spent three years in Chicago’s Protégé Philharmonic where he studied violin with director Joseph Glymph.  Simultaneously he spent many hours jamming with friends on bass and guitar.  At age 14 he discovered the mandolin and was drawn to bluegrass and Irish music.  He is currently studying composition at Columbia College Chicago and is an often featured performer in Columbia’s New Music Ensemble.

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