Tritone Asylum Performing at Vitellos

About TriTone Asylum

Who We Are

TriTone Asylum brings together some of the most experienced and collaborative musicians in Los Angeles. Philip Topping (electronic valve instrument), Ian Vo (saxophone) Andy Waddell (guitar), Mitch Forman (keyboards), Peter Sepsis (bass) and Dave Johnstone (drums) form the foundation of this accomplished ensemble.

TriTone Asylum Performing at Upstairs Vitellos Supper Club

Through their unique instrumentation, they have masterfully developed an electro acoustic sound that melds Jazz, funk, and music from around the world. TriTone Asylum’s music reflects the varied musical landscape of the sounds and street rhythms of Los Angeles. Their original songs are influenced by a variety of artists including Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Weather Report, Pat Metheny, as well as artists from the ECM Label.

TriTone Asylum is frequently featured at Baked Potato and other noted jazz venues of L.A

Glowing Reviews

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: The Hideaway Sessions

"The Hideaway Sessions, the second album by the stylistically diverse and wildly adventurous L.A. based jazz fusion ensemble Tritone Asylum, doesn’t sound like any other contemporary work in the genre… those cats create nothing short of magic.” 

— Jonathan Widan, JW Vibe

Record Review: The Hideaway Sessions

 “Super tasty listening jazz that lifts you out of your chair, this set is the proof that it’s 5 p.m. Friday somewhere in the world right now.  Well done.”

— Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Our Evolution

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

Peter Sepsis and Phil Topping

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.