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Singular Insularity


Singular Insularity


1 – Kossassa (04:32)
2 – Payanké (04:27)
3 – Zenfants La Creuse (04:32)
4 – Singular Insularity (04:50)
5 – Soufflèr (05:52)
6 – La Beaumarchais (05:10)
7 – Ti Bird (04:48)
8 – Largue pa tienbo (05:08)
9 – Ralé-Poussé (06:04)
10 – À bord du Zeta (05:50)





Toots Thielemans “gave birth to musical sons like Olivier Ker Ourio” writes Michel Contat in his 2016 article published in Télérama magazine, “who continue in his legendary wake to honor the ‘mouth organ’ with emotion.”

After the ambitious “Somminkèr” with Danyel Waro and “Orkès Péï”, a project paying tribute to the music of Reunion Island rated best of year by Jazz Magazine (“Choc”), Olivier Ker Ourio tirelessly continues to defend his vision of jazz: jazz with creole roots and a singular insularity.

An insularity that is in fact unique, not least because instead of isolating himself on Reunion Island, Ker Ourio wanted to share that microcosm, confront and mix it up with those of other islands far away geographically, yet incredibly close in terms of their history and musical origins. “Singular Insularity” is the name Ker Ourio chose to describe this latest musical adventure. In it, he initiates a dialogue between diverse creole musical cultures from all over the world like a family get-together between cousins, building a monumental musical bridge between his homeland in the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean Islands.

Ker Ourio has surrounded himself with jazz musicians committed to the powerful roots and traditions of their home islands, yet also open and sensitive to the musicality that could emerge from them as a group. The goal was to inspire the expression of a new kind of creole family, related through diversity.

The playground for this vibrant and heartfelt exchange: ten original compositions by Ker Ourio. While singer Bastien Picot and flutist Christophe Zoogonès share Olivier’s creole homeland of Reunion Island, the creole roots of their other partners stretch across the globe: pianist Grégory Privat from Martinique, drummer Arnaud Dolmen from Guadeloupe, percussionist Inor Sotolongo from Cuba and bass player Gino Chantoiseau from Mauritius.

This inter-creole encounter was the genesis of a musical passion fruit of extreme finesse and intensity that relies on completely original songs, some sung in creole, others instrumental, powerful melodies that swing with the irresistible rhythms of the islands.

Line Up
Olivier Ker Ourio: harmonica
Grégory Privat: piano, fender rhodes
Gino Chantoiseau: bass
Arnaud Dolmen: drums
Inor Sotolongo: percussions
Bastien Picot: vocal (1,5,8)
Christophe Zoogonès: flute (3,6,8,9)

Music & Lyrics by Olivier Ker Ourio
(Published by Bonsaï Booking & Management & Olivier Ker Ourio)

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