World | Ozma benefits from “Touring Grants” and announces a new tour
Jazz quintet Ozma keeps on promoting Hyperlapse, its last album. As laureate of the “Touring Grants”- promoting French artists in the USA and provided by FACE Foundation – the band has announced an European and American tour for 2020 and 2021.
Stéphane Sharlé – Ozma’s leader and drummer – composed the last album Hyperlapse, while the group was on a world tour in 2018. The musicians will now be able to hit the road again with a considerable asset: the “Touring Grants” – a financial support funding the US concerts of French bands up to 10.000 dollars. This initiative comes from FACE foundation, a non profit organisation advocating cultural exchanges between French and Americans.
Ozma is preparing more than an European tour: several American dates are coming in 2021.
Here is the list of the 2020/2021 European tour dates:
- 17/11 “Hyperlapse” at B-FLAT, Berlin, Germany
19/11 “Hyperlapse” at CVJM, Lübeck, Germany
20/11 “Hyperlapse” at Kulturbahnhof, Iéna, Germany
24/11 “Hyperlapse” at Unterfahrt, Munich, Germany
25/11 “Hyperlapse” at Jazz & More, Ingolstadt, Germany
26/11 “Hyperlapse” at Jazzclub, Walbrzych, Poland
27/11 “Hyperlapse” at Jazzinec, Trutnov, Czech Republic
- 01/05 “Hyperlapse” at Jazzahead, Bremen, Germany
- 12/05 “Hyperlapse” at Jazz Export Days, Coutances, France – a professional and international event organized by Le Bureau Export with festival Jazz sous les Pommiers
- 26/06 “Hyperlapse” at the French Institute, Kiev, Ukraine
- 27/06 “Hyperlapse” at Leopolis Festival, Lviv, Ukraine
Hyperlapse, a record meeting critical success
Hyperlapse was released on 7th February 2020 and was quickly praised by French and international critics alike:
In Aachen, Germany, the newspaper Aachener Zeitung already greeted this “structured and exciting madness ” in its 31st January 2020 edition.
When the album was released, the Swiss magazine Jazz ‘n’ more praised a travelling album in which “the tracks never yield to exotism”.
Still in February, the German daily newspaper Kieler Nachrichten described a “sound odyssey, challenging and fascinating”, as newspaper Freie Presse even wrote about “ten galactic tracks“. The weekly newspaper Tip confirmed this impression of an album on a trip, depicting “musicians on the road” to sum up its listening. The route became a tracklist in an article from the Westfälischer Anzeiger, which admired the quintet’s groove.
In March, Jazz & Rock magazine published a detailed article on its website, praising one “spectacular album“.
In its March-April edition, the German magazine Drumheads!! recommanded Hyperlapse to every jazz rock fans. At the same time, Jazzthetik magazine dedicated two pages to the album, describing a complex work, “dark and bright” with a “supernatural beauty“.
In its May-June edition, the Dutch magazine Heavens underlined the energy and modernity of this 7th album.
Get access to the full press review here.