Aron Ottignon writes hits, collaborates and listens.
Mixing jazz, roots, Caribbean, Afro-beats and more, his world of music defies a Universal label. Re-gaining artistic independence in 2018, the prodigious pianist has found time for a prolific work load producing, composing and engineering an EP every six months (or that’s his plan) from his Berlin studio, in between collaborations with World Music and Afro-beat superstars. These include celebrated Senegalese percussionist Bakane Seck (featuring Grammy nominee Baaba Maal from Black Panther), and Puerto Rico based ÌFÉ – with a single to be released this spring, FYI.
From his native New Zealand to Kreuzberg, Aron has made waves in Europe, touring with WoodKid, writing with Stromae, and also literally making an EP called Waves, which was picked up by Blue Note (along with other releases The Nile and Team Aquatic).
If you can’t find him touring his latest show (alongside 4 musicians, 2 percussionists, and a drummer), then look for his latest news and EPs on the usual social channels.
Matt Ottignon is a gun sax player/multi-instrumentalist with indisputable musical genes. A finalist at the 2002 Wangaratta National Jazz Awards, two-time Freedman Fellowship nominee and one of Australia’s hardest working musicians, he creates sounds that spring from everywhere he’s been and everything he’s seen... music that’s undoubtedly earning him a place among the key constituents of the contemporary scene.
He leads Sydney band Mister Ott specialising in East African funk and with two albums under their belt. Co-leads Sydney jazz trio Informal Troupe, is part of the Java Quartet, and has performed recently with Aria winners Ten Part Invention, New York based Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca. He also tours internationally with the show Scotch and Soda, Ben Walsh’s Orchestra of the Underground, with Aria Nominated Lah’ Lah’s big live band, and with Aria nominated french themed band Baby Et Lulu.
Matt last toured to NZ in 2012 with the Ottignon brothers and before that in 1998 with Mike Nock who he was studying with at the time in Sydney.
Outside of the jazz world Matt has appeared on stage with international legends from Lou Reed and Brian Wilson to Steve Cropper and Donald Duck Dunn. He’s played with and/or appeared on the recordings of Portishead, Hermitude, The Herd, Jimmy & Mahalia Barnes, Katie Noonan, Marcia Hines, Aria winners Monsieur Camembert, Guy Sebastian and Jackie Orszazcky and toured to Brazil, Columbia, India, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Canada, UK, Germany, France and Holland.
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