9pm doors/9:30pm showtime
Leah Ottman aka LOTT is the solo project of Minneapolis musician, Leah Ottman (We Are The Willows). Classical Experimental Violin. The core inspiration for LOTT's compositions is the Romantic Period of classical music. The chordal structures, intervals, and melodies heard throughout her songs are reminiscent of those used by Antonin Dvorak, Alexander Borodin, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, French Impressionist composer, Maurice Ravel, and then condensed into pop songs. She explores the range on her violin by utilizing a looping pedal and similar techniques employed by looping violinist pioneers, Andrew Bird, Kishi Bashi, and Owen Pallet.
LOTT has been likened to a modern day torch singer of indie music - both in her lyrical themes and vocal styling. She has been greatly influenced by Patsy Cline's catalogue of songs about unrequited love and heartbreak.
The music project of LOTT started as a desire to express her creativity and love for the violin by merging the two worlds of classical and contemporary music.
and and end (featuring J.E. Sunde and Noah Ophoven-Baldwin):
After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa in 2009 with a B.A. in trombone and jazz studies Andrew immediately started writing, improvising, and playing bass founding the psychedelic, neo-soul band, Lick it Ticket, based in Iowa. For three years Andrew helped lead the band to find a unique place in the midwest improvised music/jam-band community.
In 2012 the band parted ways and Andrew co-founded Har-di-Har with his wife Julie and began work in the realm of pop music infusing an informed jazz background with dream-pop and alt-folk music. Relocating to the twin cities in 2013, Andrew has found grounded community and fulfilling work arranging, recording, teaching, music directing, promoting shows, playing in different projects, and seeing/hearing as much as he can.
In addition to working on a new Har-di-Har record and playing bass with The J.E. Sunde Group, Andrew has been playing/recording trombone and/or arranging brass for a number projects including J.E. Sunde, Kristin Andreassen, Batteryboy, Eustace the Dragon, Waldemar, This is Daybreak, Dana T, Gloom Balloon, and Brian Just. Above all, Andrew is interested in pursuing the space that exists between indie-pop/dance music, free-jazz, experimental ambient music, and new chamber music.