After spending three years searching, Joel Peterson and Rebecca Mazzei finally found the perfect location for their multi- faceted business.
Located in a spacious old spice warehouse in Detroit’s Eastern Market, Trinosophes is home to a cafe, gallery and performance stage.
Peterson, a composer and bassist, ran the Bohemian National Home, a space for experimental music, where Mazzei helped him with art galleries and basic operation.
Mazzei and Peterson both have an extensive background of working in the Detroit arts. Pooling together their interests, they created the vision for Trinosophes.
“(We) believe in the idea that the people are kind of at the ground level of arts in this city and need their own spaces and control of how things are presented,” Peterson said.
Trinosophes has been open for three months. The cafe offers free Wi-Fi, coffee and baked goods. There are couches and tables for anyone looking to study or just relax. The art gallery is
also open during the day.
“Trinosophes has quickly become an important venue for the arts and music scene in Detroit,” said Brandon Walley, a multi- media artist who has produced a show at Trinosophes.
The venue hosts diverse sounds and art, allowing artists to show- case and play more progressive music and contemporary art. They have hosted wide-ranging music genres, once having indie-rock band The Evens and jazz pianist Rod Williams play on the same night.
“There’s a really wide range of people that show up,” Peter- son said. “Sometimes they aren’t even aware of it because they’ll be coming to different events that intersect and it’s an interesting microcosm of what’s hap- pening around town.”
The location is flexible with it’s schedule and attitude. Artists can present their sounds and work with approval from Mazzei and Peterson.
“It seems like in a lot of spaces you either have the institutional model where there’s a developed program and they don’t accept solicitations for work,
and have more directed visions. Then there’s the space that’s more like the community center model where anyone is invited to present something,” Mazzei said. “(Trinosophes) exists comfort- ably in between. We’re open to accepting ideas from other people, but at the same time have a particular nuance point of view; there’s still quality.”
The duo manages and operates Trinosophes themselves, only using help when they need door- men for shows. Time management is tough because they both have other jobs that they work simultaneously.
Helping the cultural movement in the city is important to Mazzei and Peterson. With their own artistic backgrounds, they are looking for Trinosophes to showcase artists and become, as well as becoming a breeding ground for new art.
“(We want) to not just keep representing what’s happening artistically in contemporary society, but we want to push artists forward to do new work or be the space where people feel comfort- able testing out new things,” Mazzei said. “We want to consistently reestablish the importance of more established artists, and represent artists who have been ignored or not properly contextualized, and aren’t getting the chance to perform or show else- where as much as they could.”
Trinosophes also has plans to expand the location. They are adding a retail shop and museum in the third storefront that is connected inside the building. The museum will be called the Michigan Audio Heritage Society museum, which is a reference to the Detroit record label Mah’s Records.
The museum, which will also be moving to Trinosophes will most likely be in the fall and will be run by Brad Hales of Peoples’ Records.
“It’s been an ongoing evolution,” Peterson said.
Another goal of Trinosophes is to do more publishing, whether online or in print.
“We’ve already done special edition prints and one catalog,” Mazzei said. “There’s an online component to the current exhibition.”
Trinosophes’ combination of art, music, food, retail and history is unique and exciting for Detroit’s culture.
“With thoughtful programming, you can count on a variety of experiences (at Trinosophes), from avant-garde music performances to contemporary art shows to experimental film screening,” Walley said. “Trinosophes is filling an important role in the growing cultural fabric of Eastern Market and Detroit as a whole.”