What started as an experiment in completely improvised music has mutated into some truly frightening fusion.
Originally, everything that The Yeti Trio played was improvised. With the exception of one Stevie Wonder cover, there were no “songs”. When Brooks, Eric, and Vaylor would play together, nobody ever said “ONETWOTHREEFOUR” to start the music. One of the trio would play some idea – frightening or silly or quiet or difficult – and the others would join in, adding their own ideas. Over time, these improvisations began to coalesce into definitive structures and these structures were given names. This gave Brooks, Eric, and Vaylor a simple framework onto which improvisational ideas could be hung, but more importantly, this also gave rise to the ability to construct more complex compositions.
Eric Sanders plays drums and percussion. Brooks Smith plays keyboards. Vaylor Trucks plays guitar and Moog synthesizer. Eric is a highly sought-after touring drummer and music instructor, currently teaching at the Atlanta Institute of Music, and has a highly diverse touring resume, ranging from Col. Bruce Hampton’s Fiji Mariners to Stuck Mojo. Brooks is a rigorously trained multi-instrumentalist who has toured nationally on at least 4 different instruments, and was part of the first wave of jamband insurgency as a member of both The Grapes and Lester’s Farm. Vaylor Trucks has gained some jamband notoriety through his tenure with the prog-flavored Bonobos Convergence, and as a member of Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band.