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About

“Really good collective…Ethiopique, little bit spiritual jazz and banging”

Gilles Peterson, BBC 6Music


Collocutor is the 7-piece brainchild of saxophonist Tamar Osborn. The project grew from her wish to simply write the music that wanted to be written, rather than focus on a particular audience or context. As such the compositions draw inspiration from the many genres encountered over the course of a varied career, ranging from jazz, afrobeat, Indian classical and Ethiopian roots to polyphonic choral music and minimalism – the link being primarily modal music with a transportive effect.

Collocutor are:

Tamar Osborn – baritone & soprano sax, alto flute

Simon Finch – trumpet & flugelhorn

Mike Lesirge – tenor sax & soprano sax (Josephine Davies on album ‘Instead’)

Suman Joshi – bass

Marco Piccioni – guitar

Magnus Mehta – percussion (Afla Sackey on album ‘Instead’)

Maurizio Ravalico – percussion


“Their organic, rhythmically innovative blend of modal and spiritual jazz is definitely attuned to this moment in time and Tamar’s compositions clearly initiate a conversation between those onstage and those in the audience.”

Paul Bradshaw, ancienttofuture.com

“a staggeringly authentic vintage brass arrangement in the style of Gil Evans…the kind of playing and arranging chops it’s impossible to fake”

Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music

“Pure grace, class and spirit in every note.”

Jeremy Sole, KCRW Los Angeles

“Collocutor know how to blow you away on their whole new vibe, and you won’t want to come back …”

Max Reinhardt, Late Junction BBC Radio 3