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.
Thier shared passion for street bands, carnival music and outdoor arts has led them on many a musical adventure together. In 2004 they 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. Their experience of writing and recording with the band has been invaluable, as has the experience of creating street shows and touring internationally. They are dedicated to creating more opportunities for more people to play in street bands, and are passionate about working to develop a thriving street band scene in Scotland.
Having been encouraged by musical parents to start learning the french horn aged 7, Marcus had the best possible start for a brass player, going on to teach himself trumpet and later sousaphone, which he played with Orkestra del Sol for 11 years. He now has over 20 years’ experience as a performing musician, bandleader, composer, brass arranger and teacher, has conducted orchestras and directed a diverse range of bands and ensembles. Since catching the bug for street band music after joining Brighton’s Carnival Collective in 2000, Marcus has never stopped having fun with street bands! Marcus also DJs, and dabbles in digital music production. He has produced original soundtracks for film, theatre and dance pieces, and has created a number of live electronic acts – including digital dub cumbia duo Cucumelo Radio and the inimitable festival smash hit Grandma Staflash – watch this space!