TRILLIAN GREEN

TRILLIAN GREEN

Who are the members of Trillian Green?

Ben Klein, flute

Christine Gunn, cello

Jarrod Kaplan, percussion and goat noises

When you listen to “Psycho Tantric Juju Jazz,” get ready for a journey.

The music – a mesmerizing mix of tribal rhythms, jazz, folk and classical – pulls you into the strange harmonies and uneven landscape of its sound.

This is the world of Trillian Green.

Don’t take things too seriously here, band members say. Just relax. Escape from the world.

“Our music is a reason to get together, to dance, freak out and forget everything,” says Klein. “We open up this door and jump in. Hopefully people will come in and join us.”

Trillian Green’s music – instrumental and innovative – is in a genre of its own.

On one hand, it’s light and trippy, almost joyful. On the other, it’s packed with vigor and vim – a potent, highly explosive sound without the aggressive edge.

“We’re trying to touch others,” Klein says. “We want to get into people’s subconscious and wake them up . . . make them dance.”

When the band plays at festivals or on the streets, people can’t help but notice the band: Gunn, the woman with flowing dark hair who embraces a moody cello; Kaplan, the bearded man with blurring hands as he pounds away on the djembe, a giant African drum; and Klein, the thin, almost cartoon-like figure lurching his whole body as he loudly blows into a flute.

The purity of their performances and the clarity of their sound hearken back to simpler times, Klein says.

It’s part of the “acoustic revolution,” a term Klein started using two years ago to promote the idea that acoustic instruments still have a rightful place in music amid the widespread use of electric ones. Rather than assert power through volume, “acoustic revolutionaries” such as Trillian Green use “direct human energy” – the breath on a flute or the skin-to-skin contact of playing a drum – to evoke feelings and stir the senses, Klein says.

“There’s so much talk these days,” he says. “When you feel sad, don’t just sing in a song you’re sad. Convey that in music through your action.”