Phonosynthesis is the careful infusion of rock and jazz, imbued with the indomitable swagger of a classic funk band. The result: A slick combination of sonic vibration that pushes the boundaries of live music and evokes its audience to dance and shout.
Phonosythesis, formerly known as the Isaac Young Quartet, have become a venerable force in the Connecticut and New England music scenes. Adorned with two Connecticut Music Awards for and three nominations from the prestigious New England Music Award committee, the band has been turning heads and getting audiences on their feet dancing since the mid 2000s. Reshaping the preconceived notions of funk and jazz, the group has revitalized and shown masterful proficiency for well-thought improvisations, compositions, and awe-inspiring live shows.
The band is in full force after their latest release Staved Eve that has been featured Local Band Review, CT.com, The Hartford Courant, The Hartford Advocate, the Fairfield Ledger and gets continual radio play at WESU, WUNH, WCNI, WNUH, Radio 104.1, and other college stations in the New England area. They are currently in the process of writing a new follow-up album and are touring throughout the year.
“These two visionaries are ripping out the components of jazz, rock and funk and rewiring them in clever, amazing and irresistible ways. The band has released one album, ‘Staved Eve,’ and has been raising eyebrows and clenched fists at a variety of clubs and festivals throughout the northeast.” – Rick Koster, New London Day
“Their debut single, “Birth of a Machine,” even touches on gospel from the beginning chords of Young’s B3. It makes you wanna shoot up to your feet and preach to the gospel of Hell Yeah, Son! It’s a bright sounding tune, anchored by a funky, dizzy bass line from Dostou, and the steady percussion of Nick Balkun (who also recorded and mixed the tune). The song carries with what we know best from these two former IYQ heroes: crazy, killer bass fills from Dostou and intricate, quick fingers from Young on the keys.” – Christopher Mariotti, Lonesome Noise
“If jazz was played by a bunch of dirty hippies closing out [an] all-nighter […] then you’d at least get an idea of what you are dealing with here. Isaac Young and his band of merry-makers drop it like it’s hot over and over again delivering an album that’s so smooth it’s like audio silk.” – Chip McCabe, Lonesome Noise and CT.com
“Somewhere in between lurk the jam-band jazzers — purveyors of accessible, groove-oriented funk for ass-shaking and stretched-out, rock-influenced improvisations. They approach jazz with brains and libido. It will entertain the Cabernet-sipping night club set, but mostly it succeeds at animating throngs of stoned noodle-dancers. [Phonosythesis] […] wear the patchouli proudly.” – Mike Hamad, The Hartford Advocate
“The band never repeats a show and never plays a song the same way twice. Instead of just trading off solos like typical jazz bands, they have moments of collective improvisation in which the music takes on a life of its own.” – Mike Sembos, The Hartford Advocate