Andrew Downing and Otterville

Friday February 4 Livestream

Andrew Downing - cello
Christine Bougie - lap steel
Mark Duggan - vibraphone
Tara Davidson - alto saxophone
Ben Whiteley - bass
Nick Fraser - drums

Otterville is Andrew Downing’s foray into the complex simplicity of his ancestral Tobacco Belt lineage. The music is nostalgic, evocative, peaceful and humourous, finding influence from Kurt Weill, Billy Strayhorn, Erik Satie and Bill Frisell. The magical layering of lap steel guitar, vibraphone, cello, saxophone, bass and drums creates the backdrop for the subtleness of the music to quietly squeeze the listener into emotional submission. All About Jazz defines the ensemble’s ingenuity by their “...superb arrangements that blur the instrumental tones into a dream-like luminescent whole.” The group’s debut double CD, simply called Otterville, was released in 2016 to critical acclaim including a Juno nomination. Lovesome, Otterville's second album was recorded during the first wave of the global pandemic and was released in April of 2021.