07 November Tuesday – Aron Ottignon Band (France/AUS)
Tuesday 7 November 2017, 8.00pm
Don’t miss out – advance bookings recommended
Heralded as the new ‘jazz wizard’ by the Sunday Telegraph, New Zealand born Ottignon found inspiration in relatively untapped musical waters: the log-drumming music of the South Pacific, which Ottignon heard while growing up in Auckland. The same musical odyssey led the pianist to record with his own jazz trio at the age of 14 and to be awarded the 2003 Bells Award Best Young Australian Jazz Musician of the Year.
His technically brilliant yet imaginative approach has drawn attention beyond jazz, catapulting him into the pop, dance, world and rock spheres. His most recent success is performing & collaborating with Stromae, notably Papaoutai reaching 200,000,000 views on youtube. He also has been on world tour with Woodkid, Golden Age. Taking the explosive jazz-fusion of Aron’s debut Culture Tunnels to a new level, the EP combines his virtuosic playing and compelling compositions with percussive influences from Morocco, West Africa, Maloya and the Caribbean, as well as 21st century sound design.
“He has already developed a boldly original approach to composition and performance. Some of his tunes are built around strong melodic hooks that have the instant appeal of a cleverly constructed pop song. Others hang on the barest of harmonic pegs and are instead pinned to an insistent, pulsating rhythm (or series of rhythms). Silvery piano melodies, thumping bass riffs, rolling rhythms, and spiky, sometimes ferocious percussion breaks.” Jessica Nichols, The Age.
His innovative band ARONAS has toured all over Europe, with incredible performances in Roskilde festival, Monte Carlo Jazz festival, Jazz des 5 Continents in Marseille, Warsaw Jazz festival or Nancy Jazz Pulsations. Dubbed as “punk jazz” the music is an explosive combination of live dance, jazz and South Pacific influenced grooves. The band draw on varied and strong influences from Rock, Soul, Electronica and Funk but their music is “so original, they deserve a galaxy of stars and may yet cleave a path through the prevailing mediocrity for many others to follow.” Sydney Morning Herald.
The debut album, Culture Tunnels, is further evidence of this. Utilising the two drum/bass format, there is an enormous diversity of rhythmic ideas, and the group draws on everything, from dirty punk-rock sounds to earthy bluesy feels, to funk grooves. These are married with lyrical melodies, penned and played by young piano prodigy Aron Ottignon and, most importantly, delivered with a fresh, intense energy and unity of sound. Every song is a journey, and there is that constant and most satisfying feeling of not quite knowing where the players will next take their ideas. ARONAS has already gained a cult following through strong and passionate live performances.
2017 has already been a pivotal year for Aron Ottignon and there is no doubt he is Australia’s very own jazz prodigy: a consummate instrumentalist of mind-blowing prowess, commanded by an innate sense of musicality. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear him live in his only Sydney show!
Band members performing:
Aron Ottingnon (piano)
Samuel Dubois (steel pan)
Kuba Gudz (drums)
General – $33.50 incl booking fee
Drinks & Show $51.50 incl booking fee
Concession – $26.50 incl booking fee
General Admission, Concession, Dinner & Show – 7pm, Dinner & Show – 8pm, Premium Dinner & Show, Drinks & Show
Date: 7 November 2017
Start time: 20:30
End time: 23:00
Venue: Foundry 616
Phone: 02 9211 9442