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Will Guthrie + l'Ocelle Mare  -  Sun Feb 11, 2018  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 8.00 ( £ 6.00 concessions)
When Australian drummer Will Guthrie and French multi-instrumentalist Thomas Bonvalet (who since 2005 has been performing under the name l’Ocelle Mare) appeared at the Poitiers Jazz Club, it was billed as ‘The Cabinet of Curiosities’. Not a bad designation if we understand “curious” to mean fascinating, intriguing, imaginative, and, above all, profoundly musical.

Guthrie is one of the few percussionists capable of solo performances that not only keep listeners constantly gripped but actually wishing they would go on longer. He himself has described his music as “high energy, rhythmic, repetitive, intense, and tribal”, and a typical set might start quietly but build to a mesmerising climax as he runs through seemingly inexhaustible permutations of rhythms and textures. This is music that is hypnotic and cleansing, immensely simple at one level yet full of extraordinary detail.

l’Ocelle Mare similarly produces music that is full of overlapping patterns. Originally a guitarist, he has gradually moved into performances where his on stage armoury might involve banjo, harmonica reeds, tuning forks, metronomes, and amps which double as percussive instruments. But in some sense his main instrument is his body. “Music has always been my motor” he said in a recent Wire interview, and a major part of his performance is visual as he uses his entire body like a kind of avant garde one man band. Once heard - and seen - it’s never forgotten.

But with such a remarkable pair of musicians on one bill, it would be criminal not to also have them play together, so this tremendous gig will feature solo sets from each of them before they come together as a duo . . . with results that are surely both unpredictable and utterly compelling.

Tickets for this gig are available from Reflex CDs (0191 260 3246) or online from