IIRI: Intelligent Intuitive Rock Improvisation

Ottokar, a musical group with strong roots in Philadelphia, informs itself as “IIRI: intuitive,¬†instrumental rock improvisation” for keyboards, guitars, and percussion. The players create music on the spot, with influences ranging from progressive rock, fusion, hard core improvised music, and jazz.

The three players are bonded in a collective spirit, in which each generously provides the other with rhythmic and melodic backgrounds for solos, as well as providing an impetus for compositional direction.  This clarity, timing, and patience in the music of the ensemble creates extended pieces of beauty and power, reaching beyond the bounds of ego and hierarchy.

The Players: