Formed in April 2012, Ozere began as a vehicle to try out violinist Jessica Deutsch’s original compositions. She wanted to write fiddle and folk tunes for a string quartet, but chose to pair violin and cello with mandolin and upright bass. Those instruments gave the band more textures and a fierce percussive energy. Jessica then asked singer Emily Rockarts to come and sing a few songs with them at their first show, and vocals were added to the mix.
Ozere takes equal inspiration from chamber groups and folk bands. It’s what happens when you bring together musicians who play bluegrass, Celtic, jazz, Klezmer, Afro Cuban, classical and more. Drawing comparisons to the Goat Rodeo Sessions and Tin Hat Trio, Ozere has garnered a following of loyal fans. They released their debut Album, "Finding Anywhere", in October of 2015 to rave reviews, produced by Juno Award-winning producer David Travers-Smith (The Wailin’ Jennys, Jayme Stone). The band will be featured at the prestigious Celtic Connections Festival in Jan 2017.
"At times, you think you’re listening to a newgrass band featuring old time-style and Celtic fiddle and vocals, but other times the group heads in unexpected directions, introducing classical chamber music flourishes, memorable vocal harmonies and instrumental jazz interplay" ANGEL ROMERO; World Music Central.
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