Human Ottoman, Vardaman Ensemble and TBA
Human Ottoman is a power quartet of electric vibraphone, cello, bass and drums from Portland, Oregon.
Susan Lucia (drums) and Grayson Fiske (vibraphone) started the project in 2013. Human Ottoman has created a repertoire of raucous, rhythmically dynamic music which combines their enthusiasm for music of all cultures with modern genre-mashing sensibilities, characterized most of all by their unique instrumentation. From brain-crashing cello solos and atomic vibraphone drops to drum solos that scholars are still struggling to understand, Human Ottoman is bringing polyrhythmic rock to the masses.
NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE NOW!
"The percussion sounds like a choir of cavemen mauling the monolith, basslines that thrum in the chest but cease to exist, the graceful strings that can shudder and be torn asunder at the drop of sanity."
Sonic Masala blog
"There is a natural flow in their songs, which just come to life. They are breathing, living pieces of art that demand to be listened to."
Pineapple Patel- Farang Review
"We’re glad to encounter a new band pushing boundaries without being too esoteric; this is a sound that could catch on, and we hope it does."
A Closer Listen-Power Baby Review
Featured by Oregon's 1859 Magazine as one of the top emerging Oregon bands, read the story here
"Human Ottoman proudly blends metal cello, world rhythm, funk and rock into a sound that you’ve definitely never laid ears on."
Eugene Weekly Review
"It’s adventurous stuff, and adventure is good. On its new album, “Power Baby,” Human Ottoman shifts from conventionally tuneful to chaotically heavy and back again, over and over."
Bend Bulletin Review
"Mallet instruments get a lot of stick (haha) so it's terrific to hear something genuinely fresh and original being done with them." Doklands
"You'll be amazed that sounds this powerful can come from the combination of a cello, vibraphone and drum set" Bend Source Weekly
"When the show ended, they had given their audience something new, organic and honest." Psychedelic baby magazine
"A touch of absurdity is inherent in this local band's design" Vortex Magazine