Trifon Trifonov is born and raised – and still lives – in Katonitza, Bulgaria. This is a small town just outside Plovdiv. He lives with his wife and son, his parents and his brother and family. They have a small farm on which they grow peppermint and peanuts. He is also one of Bulgaria’s most respected saxophonist and travels a great deal playing weddings around Bulgaria.
When Farmers Market saxophonist HÅVARD LUND, left the band fall of 1995, we had to look to Bulgaria for a replacement. We got our friend, Borislav Zgourowski, to record some saxophonists around Bulgaria and play the tapes for us over the telephone. Among the tapes we heard Trifon’s and it knocked us over. Boris went to his home, and they called Stian from Trifon’s house( it’s not possible to call from Norway to Katonitza, only the other way around). Trifon and Stian jammed – over the phone – for about an hour. There was no question. And we where lucky to get Trifon to join the band. He came to Norway about a month later. We rehearsed for 2 days, and went on our first tour together.