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
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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”.
Folk Festival Fingerstyle Guitar Contest, St. Augustine, FL
Fingerpicking Guitar Championships, Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, KS
Fingerstyle Guitar Festival, Milwaukee, WI
Fourth Place, 1989
Fingerpicking Guitar Championships, Walnut Valley Festival, Winfield, KS
Third Place 1988
Friedlander and Hall
- “Chicago Style”, 1984
- “Strings Attached”, 1992
- “Factory Town”, 1994
Hall Solo Guitar
the Waterfall”, 2005
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.
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
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.
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.