Olivier Ker Ourio
|Olivier Ker Ourio is unusual on the French harp scene : for a start he comes
from the Reunion Islands, a part of French territory that's 8.000 miles from France in the
Indina Ocean, but moreover, he arrived on the music scene very late since he started
studying music at the age of 22. Love at first listen with jazz got him to pick up an
instrument, and since Olivier had some familiarity with the Chromatic harp from his youth
it was a natural choice for him. The future proved him right even though this choice
didn't necessarily make things easy for him.
Olivier worked hard to find his path and voice in jazz, on an instrument that remains very little used in French jazz. Chromatic players in France have more of an old 'variety' approach in the 'traditional' American way rather than a jazz approach.
Today, Olivier is well known on the French jazz scene and is often (maybe too often ?) compared to Toots Thielemans. He has played and toured with Aldo Romano, Michel Petrucciani ans many others. His style is very fluid and melodic. He has a very ruthmic approach to solos and doesn't delve into free, which is rather a good thing for my tastes...
Olivier has participated to many jazz albums before releasing his first opus in early 98. This album intitled 'Central Park Nord' is reviewed below. A second album is near completion and should be released in 99 under the title 'Oté l'Ancêtre'. The first album is available in most major record stores in France like FNAC or Virgins.
Central Park Nord