The Twin Cities music community and beyond was deeply saddened by the death of Leah Ottman, who used the moniker LOTT, in early December 2020. Leah described her music as classical-experimental violin and referred to herself as an orchestra nerd at heart.  Leah collaborated with many bands and artists including, We Are The Willows, Rogue Valley, Andrew Broder, Dessa, Jeremy Messersmith, Father John Misty and many more. We were fortunate to have filmed the multi-talented singer, songwriter and performer on October 15, 2020 on the rooftop of her Minneapolis apartment.

She will be deeply missed.

Bonus Performance: LOTT performs “With The Reply”


Production Team:  Ryan Klabunde, Eric Pagel, Mike Phillips


This story is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the citizens of Minnesota.


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