kataStatik: the punky nexus of IDM and soul. Imagine a guy who plays LIVE breakbeats and drum and bass by playing sensors on his clothing, who loops his voice in realt-time, creating thick, polyphonic textures, and uses a VR glove to play a monks voice, or shake the whole club. He's like that.


kataStatik (aka Chris Mandra) started creating electro-acoustic music in the late'80s and began writing music integrating orchestral instruments and interactive computer technology in the '90s, while playing in various bands, writing music for theater pieces, indie films, installation art projects, and having music played in the United States, Europe, and Asia. In the fall of 2004 he was awarded a fellowship to STEIM in the Netherlands to work on his performance interface, the "manDrum", and he recently completed a three week east-coast tour that took him (and other Unschooled Records labelmates Doofgoblin and Plat) over 6000 miles from as far north as Northampton, MA, as far south as Miami, FL and as far west as Chicago, IL. He lives near Washington, DC with his wife Andrea Seabrook.


as kataStatik:
Single: "I love you totally, but I love me more" from the compilation album "west4east: a benefit for victims of the Asian Tsunami" (2005, Unschooled Records/West4East)

That track received a fair amount of airplay around the country.

As guitarist for Great Mutant Skywheel:

"make me a believer" (2003, gig records)
"Glimpse at the Reflecting Pool" (2000, sTRANGELYcOMPELLING mUSIC)

as guitarist for psychedelic, electro-acoustic world dance music band TELESMA:
"taste the color of sound" (2004, independantly released)

Set List

I don't have a typical set list - I make most of this stuff up on the spot... I like playing for 45 minutes to an hour, but can play for longer if I take breaks between sets.