Orges & The Ockus-Rockus Band | © Thomas Lieser Orges & The Ockus-Rockus Band | © Thomas Lieser
© Thomas Lieser
Orges & The Ockus Rockus

Orges & The Ockus Rockus

Orges Toçe: vocals and guitar | Tobias Vedovelli : bass | Christian Grobauer: drums | Andrej Prozorov: saxophone | What a ride: Orges Toçe’s The Ockus-Rockus Band plays fingerpickin' country with a South-eastern European element and an intoxicated burlesque jazz aesthetic. Balkan beats, rock‘n‘roll, gipsy swing, blues, jazz and a considerable bit more are mixed to form a mixture which Toçe personally describes as “Balkanbilly”. Highly energetic roots music – until it glides into rolling ska or contemplative tenderness. Despite all its melancholy it is still always great for parties and Toçe mixes with bassist Tobias Vedovelli and drummer Christian Grobauer, sometimes also with former Zawinul saxophonist Andrej Prozorov.

Artist biography Orges Toçe

Orges Toçe is a typical example of the type of playing which the Austrian music scene has, along with the classic and the traditional, upheld for years namely multicultural. After growing up in Albania with classic guitar – he even gave concerts in Spain – he has been nurturing a bold mix of styles and genres since his jazz guitar studies in Vienna. Past performances also included Austro-Pop hero Wilfried Scheutz although Toçe can, meanwhile, almost solely be seen with his Ockus-Rockus Band as an original composer, author and singer with humour and show talent. His pieces in Albanian, Tom Waits style with rough voice and wild guitar, incorporate socio-political commentaries, back to nature utopianism, odes to his bicycle and alcohol-fuelled philosophy.