About TriTone Asylum

The Band Performing at Vitellos

Who We Are

TriTone Asylum is a collective of Los Angeles musicians who bring together years of experience and collaboration. The instruments at our sonic core are the electric valve instrument (EVI), keyboards guitar, electric bass, saxophone and drums.

TriTone Asylum Performing at Updstairs Vitellos Supper Club

Through our instrumentation, we have been privileged to develop our own style that relies on the careful creativity of the artists. While we cover songs by artists that we greatly admire, our original numbers are influenced by a variety of musicians from the late 60's and the 70's including Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Weather Report as well as artists from the ECM label of that era.


Live Jazz: Charlie Haden, Larry Goldings and TriTone Asylum at Castle Press

Blending the basic acoustic setting of a jazz quintet with the variable tones of the EVI, TriTone Asylum brought some fascinating new views to such familiar jazz items as Freddie Hubbard's "Little Sunflower", Ralph Towners "Icarus", and Hampton Hawes "Sonora".

— Don Heckman, International Review of Music

Record Review: A Life of Signs

...TriTone Asylum has it's own musical personality. The group effortlessly blends together electric and acoustic jazz to create pleasing and frequently stirring music.

— Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene

Our Evolution

As founders of TriTone Asylum, Philip Topping and Peter Sepsis had envisioned the group to be an expanding collective of talented musicians.

Originally conceived in 2009 as a trio with EVI, keyboards and bass, TriTone Asylum quickly expanded into a sextet with drums, guitar and saxophone. Now, with over a dozen talented musicians, Tritone Asylum has truly evolved and can provide the right sound for any event, mood or venue.