Formed in 2018, Ocelot is a Brooklyn based Avant-Jazz collective trio consisting of Yuma Uesaka (Saxophone/Clarinets), Cat Toren (Piano/Keyboard) and Colin Hinton (Drums/Percussion).
As all members of Ocelot are prolific composers and improvisers, the group’s repertoire is varied and dynamic. Ocelot hones their sound with rhythmic propulsion, long lyrical melodies, soft textures, and aggressive free jazz, exploring each sound-world to its nethermost depths and transformations. The group has a synergy that brings out the confidence and trust necessary for deep musical exploration while showcasing full command of their individual instruments. Ocelot exemplifies the emergent wave of musicians that work within the intersections of many musical idioms including jazz, contemporary western classical, and noise music.
They are scheduled to record their debut album in October 2019.
Yuma Uesaka is a clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer known for his improvisational sensibilities and his powerful sound in the New York City creative music scene. An alumnus of Banff Jazz and Creative Music Workshop and University of Michigan, he studied with Geri Allen, Vijay Iyer, and Andrew Bishop. He has performed at venues such as The Jazz Gallery, Roulette, Cornelia St Cafe, Zinc Bar, and Shapeshifter Lab in NYC, Cliff Bell’s in Detroit, as well as international festivals such as Lima ICPNA Jazz Festival (Peru), Otsu Jazz Festival (Japan), and Shanghai Jiao Tong University Festival (China).
Cat Toren is a JUNO Award winning pianist and composer hailing from Vancouver, Canada. She is an associate composer at the Canadian Music Centre and has become a meaningful addition to the New York creative music scene. In 2017, Cat released her fourth album featuring a new project entitled Cat Toren’s HUMAN KIND. It has currently sold copies in over seven countries, receiving critically acclaimed reviews such as “A powerful recording” – Bandcamp Daily (The Best New Jazz on Bandcamp) and “Cat Toren should be a household name. Incredible music for 2017” – UK Vibe.
Colin Hinton is a drummer, composer, improviser, educator, and pupil of Tyshawn Sorey. He has performed with musical luminaries such as Ingrid Laubrock, Tony Malaby, Todd Neufeld, and Eivind Opsvik. Vital to the community, he hosts a monthly concert series at Branded Saloon and leads contemporary classical/avant-jazz quintet Simulacra and free-jazz/post-punk hybrid Glassbath.
- October 26th, 2018 – Shrine, NYC
- November 25th, 2018 – Muchmore’s, NYC
- February 3rd, 2019 – Spectrum, NYC
- March 5th, 2019 – Silvana, NYC
- March 31st, 2019 – Jazz Habitat @ El Barrio’s Artspace PS109, NYC
- May 6th, 2019 – Variousound Sessions @ Pine Box Rock Shop, NYC
- June 1st, 2019 – Polyfold Presents @ Scholes St Studio, NYC
- October 11th – October 19, 2019 – East Coast Residency and Tour
- October 20th, 2019 – Debut Album Recording Session