Their edgy, unique sound took shape when Monica and Demetrius started writing and recording more than five years ago. With a strong intent to improve upon their craft, what began as a duo soon became a string quartet. After adding members, Alex and Laird to the mix, it was apparent Tripping Lily was born.
A group of musicians who draw their inspiration from within, Tripping Lily has deeply explored songwriting with its personal and passionate work. With Demetrius Becrelis (guitar/mandolin/vocals), brother Alex Becrelis (guitar/mandolin/vocals), Monica Rizzio (fiddle/vocals), and Laird Boles (string bass), Tripping Lily blends a unique sound of traditional and contemporary genres.
Touted as fresh, energetic, and alive, Tripping Lilys pop-rock groundwork is cross-fertilized with folk music and cutting edge vocal harmonies. The bands unique ability to absorb traditional music while speaking to the here and now is proof of their versatility as contemporary musicians. Tripping Lily seeks to exploit the empty space of the canvas. They unravel everything they've known and in turn, end up in a better place. The band has truly claimed their own place in the world of music.
Tripping Lily was invited to perform at the 2006 IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Festival in Nashville September of 2006. They have supported artists such as Jake and Taylor Armerding (Northern Lights), Abigail Washburn (Uncle Earl), and Old School Freight Train they have also played such venues as Narrows Performing Arts Center, Club Passim, Cantab Lounge, Nameless Coffeehouse, The Knitting Factory and Johnny Ds.
Tripping Lily draws from a palette of traditional pop-rock inspirations while incorporating sounds from all genres. Their soulful vocal harmonies, melodic jazz/bluegrass creations, and deeply personal lyrics are what make Tripping Lily one of the most unique bands to hit the music scene in a long time. “When you roll jazz, Celtic, bluegrass, pop, folk (and more) all into one, add some solid acoustic rhythm, refreshingly creative harmonies, and polished musicianship, you have Tripping Lily,” Martin Brunkalla owner of Brunkalla Violins said.
Old-Fashioned and up-to-date (Boston Globe - Scott Alarik)
"Equal parts sassy bluegrassers and moody urban songwriters, jazzy jammers and sighing torch singers, Tripping Lily is nearly a genre unto itself. The folk-pop quartet formed in Nashville, but calls Boston home now, and its sound appeals to neotrad and alt fans alike. Guitars, mandolins, and fiddles prance behind airy, quirky melodies that feel both rootsy and modern. The harmonies lull like lullabies, then jolt as if shot through jumper cables."
“Tripping Lily’s sound is cutting edge: soothing sounds with outstanding vocals and an almost magical blend of acoustic instruments,” Jim Hughes DJ and host of WOMR, 92.1 said. “They have a sound and style that will appeal to all types of musical tastes, a band with many good things in store for them in the future.”
For more information, individual bios, and tour schedule, please visit www.trippinglily.com and/or www.myspace.com/trippinglily.