OTTLA

OTTLA

With his new band Ottla, Bert Dockx (Flying Horseman, Dans Dans, Strand) is declaring his love for jazz.

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Driven by a desire to return to his Jazz roots Bert Dockx (Dans Dans, Flying Horseman, Strand, …) forms a brand new group called “Ottla”. The group – each member is firmly rooted in jazz but also active in other genres - has an invigorating lineup: guitar, two saxes, double bass and two drummers (one of whom does double duty on a whole array of synths and electronics). All together, this crew sets sail for adventure in a colourful and diverse body of work.

Initially the band works on interpretations of 'jazz originals' (compositions by Alice Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Herbie Nichols, Sun Ra, ...), but soon it turns out that Ottla organically develops a sound which requires a more personal repertoire. In just a short period of time Dockx composes a number of intriguing pieces, inspired by the spontaneous group dynamics and the individual qualities and peculiarities of each musician.

Get ready for a fresh and adventurous view on jazz, with room for all kinds of stylistic side roads. On the menu: swing, rock 'n roll, ambient, blues and abstract sounds; sultry, exotic, uplifting grooves; stimulating melodies; intense, whisper-quiet sometimes, nocturnal spheres; sporadic flares of musical frenzy; firm and challenging teamwork; focus, intensity and sincere musical zest.

Bert Dockx (guitar)
Frans Van Isacker (alto sax)
Thomas Jillings (tenor sax)
Nicolas Rombouts (bass)
Louis Evrard (drums, percussion)
Yannick Dupont (drums, percussion, electronics)

OTTLA - January/February 2019 tour in co-production with JAZZLAB

Tourdates

Date Band Location Tickets
11-08-2019 Gaume Jazz Festival OTTLA Rossignol-Tintigny TICKETS

Tour History

Date Band Location
06-04-2019 Belgian Jazz Meeting OTTLA Gent
28-02-2019 De Casino - JazzLab OTTLA Sint-Niklaas
23-02-2019 N9 - JazzLab OTTLA Eeklo
22-02-2019 De Werf - JazzLab OTTLA Aalst
21-02-2019 Het Perron - JazzLab OTTLA Ieper
20-02-2019 Rataplan - JazzLab OTTLA Antwerpen
17-02-2019 KAAP / Vrijstaat O - JazzLab OTTLA Oostende
14-02-2019 Flagey - JazzLab OTTLA Brussel
13-02-2019 CC De Kimpel - JazzLab OTTLA Bilzen
09-02-2019 Nona - JazzLab OTTLA Mechelen

Albums

Coming soon

Press

09-04-19

"Most interesting music" LONDON JAZZ NEWS (UK) on Ottla live at the Belgian Jazz Meeting

06-04-2019

"Spectacular" JAZZ ENZO (NL) on Ottla live at the Belgian Jazz Meeting

02-02-2019

"A strong & intense performance" ENOLA on Ottla live in Ghent.

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29-04-2019

"Strong, energetic performance, which left no one untouched" JAZZFORUM (PL) on Ottla live at BJM 2019

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09-04-2019

"Most interesting music" LONDON JAZZ NEWS (UK) on Ottla live at the Belgian Jazz Meeting

live
09-04-2019

"Spectacular" JAZZ ENZO (NL) on Ottla live at the Belgian Jazz Meeting

live
29-03-2019

"A strong & intense performance" ENOLA on Ottla live in Ghent.

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Bert Dockx Ottla (JazzLab 2.5)

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