Oi Musica is a creative partnership between musicians Olivia Furness and Marcus Britton, set up in 2011 to deliver high quality music making activities. We are based in Edinburgh and we work throughout Scotland and beyond.
We are united by a shared passion to inspire, include and educate through music. We believe that music making should be for everyone – regardless of age, experience, or any other factor; and we are committed to broadening participation in music. As an organisation, we are increasingly focusing on work that can have a lasting impact for both individual participants and for communities, and our priority is to create opportunities that are exciting and genuinely engaging. We work with a huge range of organisations to achieve this, including schools, youth groups, local councils, arts organisations, festivals, community groups and bands.
A Bit of Background
Our shared passion for street bands, carnival music and outdoor arts has led us on many a musical adventure together. In 2004 we co-founded Orkestra del Sol- Scotland’s first and only street band working in the French fanfare style. Orkestra del Sol went on to tour the UK, Europe, India, China and Australia. The band has released 4 albums, recorded live sessions for BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio Scotland, and has gained critical acclaim both on the UK’s street theatre circuit and the wider music scene. Our experience of writing and recording with the band has been invaluable, as has the experience of creating street shows and touring internationally. We are dedicated to creating more opportunities for more people to play in street bands, and we are passionate about working to develop a thriving street band scene in Scotland.
After rediscovering her passion for music at The Edinburgh Samba School in 2001, Oli went on to develop her skills as a percussionist and performer with a host of bands, projects and performance companies. In 2002 she met Marcus at the Brighton Samba Encounter – the UK’s first national gathering of samba bands – and by the end of 2003 they had started rough rehearsals with what would become Orkestra del Sol. Oli plays tenor sax, clarinet, samba drums, congas and percussion. From 2008-10 she studied Afro-Brazilian percussion to a high standard under the expert guidance of master drummer Ravin Jayasuriya (One Voice Music); she has written and arranged music for a variety of projects and bands and has many years’ experience as a professional touring musician. She has worked in music education since 2002, and alongside this has cultivated a successful career in project management and event production.
After taking up French horn aged 8 and playing with the National Children’s Orchestra from age 12, Marcus decided to teach himself trumpet in order to join the school jazz band. Since leaving school, he has worked as a brass specialist based in Cambridge, Brighton (where he gained an Honours Degree in Twentieth Century Music from Sussex University) and now Edinburgh. He took up sousaphone in 2006, which he has played with Orkestra del Sol ever since. He has over 20 years’ experience as a performing musician, bandleader, composer, specialist brass arranger and teacher. He has conducted orchestras and directed a diverse range of bands and ensembles.
Marcus has enjoyed a parallel life as an electronic artist. He has produced original soundtracks for film, theatre and dance pieces, and has created a number of live electronic acts – recent projects including digital dub cumbia duo Cucumelo Radio (with fellow cumbia aficionado Maxi Roots), and the inimitable festival smash hit Grandma Staflash!
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