Owl by The Owl Ensemble
Essentially, a string quartet with a jazz pulse, Owl Ensemble exude the exquisite melancholia that comes so naturally with plangent cellos and violins. Theirs is music of great clarity and space. On I See You, they point both forwards – to the gently rippling waveforms of minimalism – and backwards: to something that can only be described as enchanting bush music. But though Owl’s creative driving force, violinist/composer Olivia Moore can scrape and swing, as on the Stuff Smith-like interlude on the rambling Shall We Dance, her forte is art-house lyricism.….….….Sweet rather than severe, The Owl Ensemble transcend from the tasteful to the sublime.
Nourished by Indian and jazz traditions, but with an elegance that comes from her classical training, Olivia Moore’s violin has an Eastern tang that is genuinely entrancing.
…her obvious joy in playing swells through her impassioned but restrained violin and offers her audience both an emotional and a cerebral fulfilment.
This debut recording from Manchester based violist Olivia Moore is bustling with ideas and influences. A fusion album, in the traditional sense, Moore combines elements of classical Indian music, British folk and even Nordic jazz, to produce something altogether fresh and cosmopolitan.