We are Elisabeth, Nora, Hugues and Nathan. We are Cellists based in Paris, Cologne and Berlin. We love our instruments. We love music. We love improvisation!
We met in March 2013 and came together to improvise in Cologne. Four cellists who had never played as a group before. One might expect a homogeneous, ego-driven mess of sound. As it turned out, we’re all pretty generous people and something very special happened that evening. So, in a quite organic way:
OCTOPUS WAS BORN
Why Octopus? Think about it…
First: animals are, in general, cool. I mean, have you ever seen an Octopus maneuvering across the ocean floor, curling and slinging his eight arms with impressive virtuosity?
And how does that make us an Octopus? Perhaps it’s obvious: we have eight arms, too, but FOUR brains.
Like some sort of musical Voltron, however, these arms come from different places with different backgrounds. One arm plays jazz, one plays Bach, another Boulez… but they all improvise and they all listen and work together.
So there’s a lot of weird stuff happening in the Octopus brain: Clashes… discussions… unexpected deviations of thought… with 8-armed dreams leading him to amazing, unexpected paths through the unknown territories of the deep sea.
Octopus is flexible and free and therefore loves to improvise while swimming alone, but he is also open, generous and kind which means he likes working with other artistic creatures.