With backgrounds in improvised music, jazz, klezmer, Greek, Turkish, modernist classical, punk, jazz, outsider pop, noise, industrial and other musics, the Psychotic Quartet brings many varied approaches to their collaboration, creating a sound that is uniquely psychotic. Conjuring up a sound that serves as a type of commentary on their varied musical pursuits, Psychotic Quartet ivites you to listen in on their sonic séance.
Once upon a time Daniel Blacksberg, Katt Hernandez and Evan Lipson all found themselves living in West Philadelphia. Playing in multiple ensembles with one another in various configurations, it didn't take long to recognize that there was a camaraderie when they would perform. However, to make it a special occasion when they joined forces, Michael Evans was added to the line up, and Psychotic Quartet was born!
“Trombonist Dan Blacksberg, violinist Katt Hernandez and bassist Evan Lipson are some of Philly’s busiest, most advanced and idiosyncratic improvisers. Their run-ins with New York-based drummer-thereminist-conceptualist Michael Evans are fairly infrequent, but sufficiently way-out to warrant a label of mental illness. Blacksberg explains: “You’re not seeing what’s there; you’re seeing some weird extrapolation that comes from the processes of your brain. Reality comes through in the filter. The filter is what’s psychotic.” Got that? Come ready for a colloquy reflecting divergent backgrounds in free jazz, noise rock, ethnic music, microtonal playing and kitchen-sink aesthetics. And watch out when these cats go off their meds.” -David R. Adler/Philadelphia Weekly (show preview)