Formed in April 2012, Ozere began as a vehicle to try out violinist Jessica Deutsch’s original compositions. She wanted to write fiddle and folk tunes for a string quartet, but chose to pair violin and cello with mandolin and upright bass. Those instruments gave the band more textures and a fierce percussive energy. Jessica then asked singer Emily Rockarts to come and sing a few songs with them at their first show, and vocals were added to the mix.
Ozere takes equal inspiration from chamber groups and folk bands. It’s what happens when you bring together musicians who play bluegrass, Celtic, jazz, Klezmer, Afro Cuban, classical and more. Drawing comparisons to the Goat Rodeo Sessions and Tin Hat Trio, Ozere has garnered a following of loyal fans. They released their debut EP, “Three Generations”, in April 2013, and will release their debut full-length album in October 2015, produced by Juno Award-winning producer David Travers-Smith (The Wailin’ Jennys, Jayme Stone).