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‘Steam’ Video

  • Staring
  • Miss Understood
  • Feline Dion
  • Luci Bamford
  • Aurora Powers
  • Matt Ottignon
  • Ben Panucci
  • Daniel Pliner
  • Ellen Kirkwood
  • Carlos Adura
  • Director – Rae Ottignon
  • Produced – Rae + Matt Ottignon
  • Creative Director – Renee De Bono
  • Assistant Creative Director – Kaptain Standley
  • DOP – Barnabas Imre
  • Assistant DOP – Gabriel Kintli
  • Catering – Kirstin Ridley
  • Studio – Read Made Works
  • Created in Jan 2021
  • Words from the director – Rae Ottignon “It was the psychedelic reverbs in the track ‘Steam’ that started the ideas behind the video. I knew I wanted to create something that was colourful and impactful and an excuse to showcase some of my beautiful and talented friends. I wanted to give the illusion of steam by throwing holi powder at the band members and performers. I chose Orange, Yellow, Blue and a touch of red to tie into the album artwork. I was excited by bringing two worlds together: The Mister Ott band and that world of jazz with the world of dance/burlesque/performance and Drag. Featured in the video are Aurora Murphy whose PHD in Theatre studies makes her expressive face one of the most stand out moments in the video. Feline Dion whom I met at a Vogue Ball brings their effortless grace, strength and style in a Barbarella-esque costume complete with silver gun. Luci Bamford’s back plays as a canvas, bookmarking the video from start to finish and Daniele Gianotti (AKA Miss Understood) a self identified Drag Queer slams you in the face with their beauty midway through the video in a vibrant red outfit. These stand out performances interwoven with Matt Ottignon on Sax, Ellen Kirkwood on Trumpet, Danny Pliner on Keys, Ben Panucci on Guitar and Carlos Adura on the drum creates a dreamy rhythmic montage. The result to me feels like the title sequence to a James Bond movie and I have definitely played with those familiar tropes. Matts insistent running symbolises a ‘man on a mission’ who is almost overcome with the onslaught of colour whereas our Femme Fatales stand powerfully on their own withstanding everything that is ‘literally’ thrown at them. Making the video was a huge amount of fun and we made a terrible mess! My creative director Renee De Bono with Kaptain Standley were invaluable coming up with creative solutions with all the materials (paint and powder) on the spot. DOP Barnabas Imre with Gabriel Kintli brought the ideas to life on screen. Behind the scenes on catering (thank goodness) Kirsten Ridley. Special thanks to Ready Made Works for hiring us the space. Again, so sorry about the mess! “

‘In The Flow’ album launch at Mary’s Underground

Thursday Feb 25th

Mary’s Underground, Circular Quay

6pm and 9pm

tickets here

Line up:

Matt Ottignon (tenor, baritone saxophone), Ellen Kirkwood (trumpet), Daniel Pliner (keys), Ben Panucci (guitar), Dave Symes (bass), Carlos Adura (drums) with special guests: Loretta Palmeiro (tenor saxophone), Shannon Stitt (keys) and Dom Kirk (percussion)

Special Support: Zaynab WilsonPassionate Canadian-Trinidadian globe-trotting multi-instrumentalist Zaynab Wilson draws on jazz, soul, R&B and Afro-Caribbean music to craft a unique and dynamic style.

New Reviews

Review: Echoesanddust

Here we are then at the arse end of the year, so the least we can do in 2016 is try and go out on something of a high. Sydney’s Mister Ott – signed to the exemplary Art As Catharsis label and led by the titular Matthew Ottignon are just the right kind of antidote you need for a year that has – in the opinion of all great thinkers and philosophers – gone tits up.

Flippant I may be – but in times when insularity, suspicion of ‘the other’, hate crimes, and racism all seem to be on the increase, Ottignon and his band of hip cats have recorded an expansive album that embraces world music and culture, that looks forward positively to a global society where unity, rather than division, are the main virtues of humanity. Positive, buoyant, Single Shot slides easily from Mulatu Astatke inspired Ethiopian Jazz through the relentlessly compulsive Afro-futurism of Head Hunters/Sunlight period Herbie Hancock.

This in itself would be enough for many, but the seven tracks on this record also take in Nik Turner style space-jazz (particularly his Space Fusion Odyssey which we reviewed last year) and the regimented fastidiousness of Fela Kuti or Steely Dan. Yes, there’s a touch of acid-jazz – that much maligned and mostly forgotten movement of the late 1990s but – god damn – you really want to get up and dance to this record. Stick it on at New Year’s Eve after a few drinks and see what happens (and send me pictures).

Starting with the musicianship – it’s near faultless – the interplay between Ottignon’s saxes and Ellen Kirwood’s Trumpet is a wonderful thing to hear when they go at it full bore – recalling, if you will, the heady jazz-funk experimentalism of Eddie Henderson. Daniel Pilner’s organ and Ben Panucci’s guitars provide plenty of spaced-out effects and trickery to keep the most jaded space-head happy, while Eden Ottignon’s bass is rock-solid throughout, providing not just the foundations of each track, but imbued with a great amount of P-Funk flare. There are a number of Bootsy Collins albums, no doubt, nestling in his collection somewhere. Finally, on more than one occasion do percussionist-drummers Carlos Adura and Dan Kennedy prove that they have a touch of the Billy Cobhams about them, there’s no doubting that they know their way around a kit – and then some. While these musicians are giving us a masterclass we should also give a nod to the production, making full use of the aural space with a terrific wall of sound.

Each track is upbeat and drenched in cosmic energy – from the hedonistic promise of the night in the opener ‘Blood Sky’ to the syncopated reggae blitz of ‘Dragon Majesty’ through to the closing Sun-Ra hat-tip ‘Space Will Win’, we’re drawn very willingly into a world where jazz-fusion rules, and where it becomes very difficult to believe that this album was made in 2016 rather than 1976. Standing out for me are the epic-workouts of ‘Snakebite’ and ‘Shakedown’, powerhouses of tracks that hit light speed early on and suck you along with them.

It’s all too short, and over too quickly in my opinion – but you won’t wear it out from repeated listening. I’d also say you really mustn’t pass by the opportunity to hear this music. Single Shot is certainly a strong contender for one of this year’s better jazz releases, has a great deal of crossover appeal, and transcends the genres from which it was born, and by which it was influenced.

I think you’ll love it.