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Rowan Porteous

Trumpet, electronics, composer. Rowan is the Mystic principle of true cause channelled in fleshy matter. He works to defend the fountain of joy at the centre of existence through sonic outpourings. His other hobbies include giving up biscuits.

Elly Hopkins

Elly, a vocalist who is the essence of the living cosmos in the form of a human voice. A diamond reflecting timeless stories of love and pain into a thousand shimmering phrases, drenched in the screaming consciousness of all beings. Her favourite biscuit is a shortbread finger.

Billie Bottle

On vocals and keys. Billie likes to meditate upon the brevity of life, the delicate and complex forces that bind experience together, and the sources of artistic inspiration or rebirth. She also makes a very good halloumi sandwich.

Emma Holbrook

On drums! Emma is an astrophile meanderer and sardonic night traveller suspicious of those who claim to know the truth. She takes her bins out on a Thursday.

Guillaume Ottaviani

On bass. A swirling vortex of blistering funk and spiralling harmonies in the form of a man. an unholy Goliath of groove whose polyrhythmic tentacles embrace the multiverse. He likes his coffee with milk and no sugar.

“Compelling progressive soul-jazz that matches memorable tunes to hip playing - a band to watch out for” - Mike Flynn, editor, Jazzwise

“The Other Way has a totally unique sound and aesthetic, with a message that is urgently relevant to today.” James Keay, Gifford’s Circus

The Other Way play ecological soul-jazz that illuminates the human spirit in its connectedness with nature. a healthy slice of improvisation, and birdsong as part of the instrumentation. 

This music was written by trumpeter and composer Rowan Porteous. The ideas began to form themselves while he was trying to straddle two different careers, one as a gigging musician, the other as a nature conservationist. Featuring the vocals of Elly Hopkins (Hopkins and Oliver) and Billie Bottle, and the trumpet of composer Rowan Porteous, the music synthesises jazz and soul influences like Wayne Shorter and Robert Glasper, with a slice of electronica in the disembodied birdsong. It uses the deep grooves of Emma Holbrook (drums) and Guillaume Ottaviani (bass) to support the songs which tell stories of possible human futures against the background of ecological upheaval.

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