The Owl Ensemble
The Owl Ensemble is a seven-piece comprising a string quartet with a jazz trio, blending layers of rhythmic patterns and soaring melodies,
described as inventive and subverting classical traditions.
The Owl Ensemble was formed in 2008 when Olivia and the drummer Myke Wilson found inspiration in each
other’s approach and they held their premier at Manchester Jazz Festival. They reformed the band again in
2011 when the string quartet performed in Paul Heaton’s ‘The 8th’ at the Manchester International Festival.
They also had two sell out gigs last year at the Contact theatre, Manchester and at the Marsden Jazz
When their new album ‘Owl’ was first played on radio (Jazz FM) last summer, a review that followed
hailed Olivia as a “true innovator... there’s an enormous sense that this album is going to go a long way to ﬁlling
those nooks and cranny’s in your musical psyche which keep you feeling that you’ve not heard that that ‘perfect
sound’ yet.” The British Jazz Blog.
Their album was also recently played on Jazz line-up (Radio 3) by Julian Joseph. Here’s what he
said: “Olivia combines a string quartet with a basic jazz band. You’ve got the trio; piano, bass and drums;
sometimes you have the guitar; you’ve got two violins, viola and cello and I believe she combines these elements
really effectively and very musically. It’s certainly not the ﬁrst of its kind, but it’s a strong, solid, musical
conception........On their liner notes they are going for interesting and eclectic; I would say ‘job done’. “
A review in the Manchester Evening News declared “Theirs is music of great clarity and space.........Sweet
rather than severe, The Owl Ensemble transcend from the tasteful to the sublime”. Mike Butler
Weekends sell out fast!
So be sure to book a table to get the best seats in the house.
Call to book:
The Office: 0161 839 7187 (before 6pm)
The Club: 0161 831 7002 (after 6pm)