Seattle, Washington, USA

Triptet is an avant-jazz, improvising trio born from the free spirit of Sun Ra and the inventive experimentalism of John Cage.


Formed in 2009 by three members of a Sun Ra Tribute Band, Triptet has performed shows in New York and Seattle, and has been the headliner of the Boise Creative and Improvised Music Festival. They have played at the 2009 and 2011 Is That Jazz? Festival, and most recently played at the Stone in NYC. They have opened for Elliott Sharp and the Nels Cline Singers. They have released two albums: You Can See The Bottom (Present Sounds Recordings) and Imaginary Perspective (Engine Records).

Triptet is a meeting of minds and spontaneous electrical impulses between Michael Monhart (saxophones and percussion), Tom Baker (guitars and effects), and Greg Campbell (percussion and cheap electronics).


A cataclysmic meeting of universal forces: John Cage and Sun Ra perform together at Coney Island in 1986. This explosion of matter created an unearthly fertile ground for sound.

23 years later, Triptet arrives.

The group spends most of their time inventing modes of flight, and trying to get lift. They practice and practice, working on the length of the running start, size and texture of the wings, the speed and rate of acceleration of the flapping. They have enjoyed momentary freedom from gravity, and vow to keep trying for sustained orbit. Meanwhile, they also play music, exploring the space between Sun Ra and… Space.


Triptet Live (LoWays Records, 2009)
You Can See the Bottom (Present Sounds Recordings, 2010)
Imaginary Perspective (Engine Records, 2011)