OTTLA

OTTLA

Ottla is the new band of the sedulous singer, songwriter and guitarist Bert Dockx (Flying Horseman, Dans Dans, Strand). What started as a modest thought, an ambiguous plan to start playing jazz again, spiralled into an idiosyncratic project with its very own identity. It became Ottla, Franz Kafka’s beloved sister’s surname, after whom the young Dockx once christened a bicycle, and later his first band.

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Now, once again, Ottla is a band. And much more than a nod to Dockx’s past forays in the world of improv, it’s a new and different beast; a unique hybrid of musical moods and styles. Certainly not a casual exercise, but a very downright, vital sextet which was shaped and moulded under the guise of its instigator, after a yearlong of blowing and kicking up dust in the rehearsal room.


The outcome of said year, the first album of Ottla, sounds playful, mysterious, sometimes fragile, occasionally brute, vexed, but always exciting and intriguing. Bert dialled up producer and long-time collaborator Koen Gisen to capture the chemistry and energy of Ottla in a potent, analogue production. Eight songs made it onto the self-titled debut, six original compositions and two covers - one from Sun Ra, one from Thelonious Monk.


The raw, blues-infected guitar, the deliberate wandering through nocturnal detours, a soft spot for dissonant electronics… they’re all cornerstones of Bert Dockx musical cosmos. But still Ottla gracefully pedals her own distinctive way, with clashing or harmonious brass, two contending drummers, and brazenly roaring double bass.


Jazz? Rock? Psychedelia? Something in between or very much outside of it? It wholly depends on the listener. Or like Monk once said: ‘You're supposed to know it when you hear it’.

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

Tourdates

Date Band Location Tickets
22-01-2020 Botanique OTTLA Brussel TICKETS
23-01-2020 Handelsbeurs OTTLA Gent TICKETS
25-01-2020 Rauwkost OTTLA Den Bosch, NL TICKETS
01-02-2020 De Roma OTTLA Antwerpen TICKETS
07-02-2020 Cactus Club OTTLA Brugge TICKETS
08-02-2020 Bimhuis OTTLA Amsterdam, NL TICKETS
21-02-2020 De Doelen OTTLA Rotterdam, NL TICKETS
22-02-2020 Peel Slowly and See OTTLA Leiden, NL TICKETS
14-05-2020 De Factorij OTTLA Zaventem TICKETS
16-05-2020 Mithra Jazz OTTLA Liège TICKETS

Tour History

Date Band Location
10-11-2019 AMOK OTTLA Brugge
11-08-2019 Gaume Jazz Festival OTTLA Rossignol-Tintigny
29-06-2019 Gent Jazz OTTLA Gent
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

Albums

Press

23-10-2019

★★★★ Nice words + 4 stars from DE STANDAARD

23-10-2019

★★★★ from FOCUS KNACK for Ottla'sdebut album

22-10-2019

★★★★½ for Ottla's debut from HUMO

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02-12-2019

"Dockx & his companions pull out all the stops on this crushing debut" JAZZFLITS (NL) on Ottla's first album.

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31-10-2019

"...this might be the best album in Dockx’s discography. And that means something." INDIESTYLE

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28-10-2019

"A great album that leaves pigeonholing to those still needing it." ENOLA on Ottla

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26-10-2019

"Album of the year" according to LUMINOUS DASH

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24-10-2019

"Brilliant" FOCUS VIF on Ottla's debut

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24-10-2019

"Ottla is a world-class band and their first born is downright crushing!" WRITTEN IN MUSIC (NL)

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23-10-2019

★★★★ Nice words + 4 stars from DE STANDAARD

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23-10-2019

★★★★ from FOCUS KNACK for Ottla'sdebut album

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22-10-2019

★★★★½ for Ottla's debut from HUMO

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04-10-2019

Nice review on Ottla's debut by JAZZHALO (DE)

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25-08-2019

"Shaking" JAZZQUES on Ottla live at Gaume Jazz

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12-08-2019

JAZZ HALO on Ottla live at Gaume Jazz

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11-08-2019

Bert Dockx in "My Favorite Things" on KLARA

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19-07-2019

"Stofwolk" sounds like a brooding musical exploration through a warm and desolate landscape. DANSENDE BEREN

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02-07-2019

"Ottla surprises, amazes, grooves, moves & has humour" JAZZISM on Ottla live at Gent Jazz 2019

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30-06-2019

"An energetic atmosphere" DANSENDE BEREN on Ottla at Gent Jazz 2019

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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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15-04-2019

Nice words from WRITTEN IN MUSIC on Ottla live at the Belgian Jazz Meeting

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09-04-2019

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

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09-04-2019

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

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29-03-2019

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

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Ottla - Huisje Tuintje

Ottla - Spinrag

Ottla - Stofwolk

Ottla - Epistrophy

Ottla - Je Ne Sens Presque Plus Rien

Ottla - Lights on a Satelite

Ottla - Etrange Poursuite

Ottla - Vroeger Beter

BJM 2019 OTTLA - STOFWOLK

BJM 2019 OTTLA - ETRANGE POURSUIT

BJM 2019 OTTLA - HUISJE TUINTJE

Bert Dockx Ottla (JazzLab 2.5)

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