To celebrate 20 releases, the Earshift Music label will be throwing a party with some of its favourite bands over four nights! Join us for the third night with two acts; Mister Ott and The Strides.
doors/restaurant 5pm tickets $20
Mister Ott (7:30pm-8:30pm)
The Strides (9:00-10:15pm)
Inspired by Ethiopian artist Mulatu Astatke and from touring to Ethiopia with Dereb the Ambassador, saxophonist Matthew Ottignon has assembled Sydney’s finest musicians together. Eastern mellismatic scales and hypnotic trancelike rhythms head to head with seriously solid funk grooves.
Everywhere he’s been, Matt Ottignon has soaked up the local music culture, collaborating with resident artists and creating new music. Not ‘world music’ in the accepted sense, Matt’s original compositions for MISTER OTT comprise an amalgamation of native melodies from many sources, blended with the free-form improvisation and syncopation for which African-pedigreed jazz is renowned. In particular, Matt has a keen interest and involvement with the very unique sounds of Ethiopian music. He toured Ethiopia in 2011 with Sydney-based Dereb The Ambassador.
Matthew Ottignon -sax
Ellen Kirkwood – trumpet
Shannon Stitt – keys
Ben Panucci – guitar
Eden Ottignon – bass
Carlos Adura – drums
Fronted by legendary roots man Ras Roni from Barbados via London, Fijian LTL GZeus and Sierra Leonian Blaka C, The Strides deliver a musical experience that is as powerfully explosive as it is authentic. With three acclaimed albums already under their belt, a European label signing, festival appearances across the country and having graced the stage with the likes of Julian Marley, Tony Allen, Third World and Groundation, The Strides’ music faithfully builds on the foundations of classic roots reggae with a hip-hop edge, forging a sound that brings together modern dance hall, dub beats and reggae-pop. The Strides have forged a truly global sound melding a diversity of cultures and instrumentation under the one universal consciousness.
RAS RONI, LTL GZEUS, BLAKA C: VOCALS
NICK GARBETT: TRUMPET
JEREMY ROSE: TENOR SAX
MATT SMITH & JAKE MCDOUGAL: GUITAR
DAN PLINER: KEYBOARDS
RORY BROWN & PAT HARRIS: BASS
CARLOS ADURA: DRUMS