Trio Subtonic

New live album with Dan Balmer

Trio Subtonic is a groove heavy power trio out of Portland, Oregon that blends genre bending funk with slow burning underground soul jazz.


Led by keyboardist Galen Clark, Subtonic explores a coalescence of rock, soul, funk, hip hop and jazz that simultaneously draws in listeners and pushes boundaries.


Creating a sonic footprint reserved for more than just three people, Subtonic delivers soulful grooves, expansive improvisations and a deep pocket that compels audiences to try dance moves they didn't know they had.

Trio Subtonic consists of Galen Clark on keyboards, Bill Athens on bass and Russ Kleiner on drums. The group has performed with Dan Balmer, A Love Electric, JFJO, Scott Pemberton, D'Vonne Lewis and more.


Touring extensively domestically and abroad, Subtonic brings dynamic energy to festivals, jazz clubs and watering holes alike and has garnered admiration from a wide variety of fans and critics.



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Best of all, this record is “designed” well, making for a diverse listening experience from beginning till end
Matt Fleeger, KMHD


Highlighted by the dazzling key­work of Galen Clark, the trio is a veritable monster hybrid of jazz fusion
PDX Pop Now


Made KMHD's Top 10 list for 2012 because of its terrific songwriting and a diverse assortment of tunes
NPR Music


The trio has embraced the sounds that surround them and crafted a cohesive, expertly sequenced record that should pack dance floors and demand careful listening


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