Kristian formed this group with the purpose of putting together a jazz trio that would play a range of music, influenced by some of musicians with whom he draws inspiration. Some of these artists include, Ray Brown Trio, Bill Charlap Trio, and Jacky Terrasson. The sound of the Kristian Braathen Trio is based around great feel and interesting arrangements. Since the release his debut album, Tempus Fugit, Kristian continues to develop both as a musician as well as a composer/arranger. With Nick Peck on piano, Jodi Proznick on acoustic bass, and Kristian Braathen on drums.