Guillaume Viltard – Lost Tracks at Dawn

Guillaume Viltard double bass solo set, recorded live as a part of Earshots! at the Hundred Years Gallery. London 13/07/2013


Guillame Viltard / double bass


Recorded by Daniel Kordik
Mastered by Rupert Clervaux at Grays Inn Road
Design: Ben Polhill (DEPT2)
Cover drawing: Mia Gubbay

Available as 320k MP3 or 16bit FLAC


1. Part 1 - 17:13
2. Part 2 - 7:41
3. Part 3 - 9:02

Guillaume Viltard

An intensely physical double-bassist Viltard was one of OTO’s first associate artists – he has played and performed here with musicians as diverse as Otomo Yoshihide and Kan Mikami, Louis Moholo-Moholo, and Evan Parker. Particularly memorable was a sensational solo set in support of Marc Ribot. Most often his work has been in the ‘classic’ jazz format of saxophone/bass/drums: from trios with the late Tony Marsh and Shabaka Hutchings, to most recently Eddie Prévost and Ken Vandermark.

His uncompromising, physical and rhythmic approach to the double-bass – always acoustic, adamant – connects to jazz learning from sources as diverse as Jean-Jacques Avenel, Barre Phillips, Johnny Mbizo Dyani and Ronnie Boykins. 

His close association with OTO endures, and since late summer 2013 he has been part of a group of musicians playing, pushing and learning day and night in the OTO project space. Most often private, groupings around this new energy these groups are increasingly public, for example Steve Noble’s (new) Quartet.

Video by Helen Petts