The Oulipians are a spellbinding New York City-based jazz-fusion ensemble developed by Austrian-born jazz drummer and composer Gernot Bernroider, featuring the genre-defying vocalist Chanda Rule recently featured in Cicily Janus' "The New Face of Jazz" (Billboard Books). Inspired by world music, culture, and literature, Bernroider’s “Oulipians" wrap world music and spoken word with jazz lines and earthen lyrics. With a new spin on the ensemble’s namesake, a group of literary thinkers founded in Paris by Raymond Queneau and Francois Le Lionnais in 1960, The Oulipians use structures of diverse musical genres to shape original music.

The Oulipians had their much anticipated US debut at the renowned New York City Blue Note and a European debut at the Outreach Festival in Austria last summer, where it received rave reviews to sold out shows as well as a European wide radio broadcast on ORF and WDR. The group has performed at venues such as Dizzy's Coca Cola, Brucknerhaus, Gmundedn Jazz Fest, The Zinc Bar, St. Peter’s All Nite Soul and the Brooklyn Lyceum.

With live video installations by Vienna’s Life Ball visual artist Astrid Steiner, and cutting edge instrumental improvisation seasoned with inspiring spoken word, The Oulipians take audiences into sensory captivity.

Members of The Oulipians have performed with legendary musicians such as Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Paquita d’Rivera, Ellis Marsalis, Chris Potter, Maria Schneider, Ron Carter, India.Arie and Harry Connick Jr. to name a few. They have appeared at New York's top performance venues such as the Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Birdland and Lincoln Center; internationally in Asia, Africa, South America and Europe; and have appeared on national and international radio and TV.