Flowtilla is an instrumental groove trio formed by guitarist Len Paterson, and bassist Ellen Schoenwetter based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Flowtilla serve up an ever eclectic mix of soulful, funky, psychedelic jazz, rock and Latin tinged grooves.

This versatile instrumental band moves easily from background chill out, to intensely rocking, catchy original tunes. They mix their set liberally with cover tunes ranging from jazz, blues, bossa novas, 60s, 70s and 80’s funk and rock as well as mainstream hits. Depending on the event, they create a groove ambience to dine by, or a more upbeat party vibe to dance to. 

They have released six c.d.s of original music to date. These include;

“Just Passing Through” 2017: with Jan Jackson on drums and Jon Otis on percussion

“Recalibration” 2013: with Adam Goodhue on drums and Jon Otis on percussion

“Waves and Particles”: 2011 -with Jan Jackson on drums and Josh Jones on percussion

“Clariphonic” :2006 -with Jan Jackson on drums and Josh Jones on percussion

“Out of the Inside”: 2003 -with Jan Jackson on drums

“Sunny Cloudy” 2001 released under the name “Len Paterson Trio” – with Jan Jackson on drums

Flowtilla’s music has been used on cable t.v shows as well as commercial cues. These include A&E Biography specials on Stevie Wonder, Billy Crystal and Kirstie Alley, HBO’s Real Sex, Gene Simmons Family Jewels and Emeril Green’s “Green Planet.”


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Len has played with many Bay Area groups such as afrobeat band Aphrodesia, Bitches Brew (the Miles Davis tribute band), Jackie Ivory (of Junior Walker Allstars), Malcolm Mooney (of Can), Henry Kaiser, Beth Custer and Splatter Trio. He even played a set of improvised rock music as a guest with the pop band Green Day . Len has also composed music for film and can be heard in collaboration with David Slusser on John Zorn’s Tzadik label.
Len and Ellen have played together in the free improvisational group “Pluto” (including Amoeba Records owner Marc Weinstein), and were members of the Ralph Carney (of Tom Waits) band “Special Parrot”, which played at venues such as The Elbo Room, Slim’s and Bimbo’s.
Ellen was a member of hardcore punk band Assasins of God, which played the first Lolapalooza and toured Europe often. She can be heard on their c.d., “Black Tongue Speaks.” Ellen has played with Dewey Redman and Joe Bonamassa. She also was the bassist for 2 years with S.F. bebop legend Bishop Norman Williams and has played with many other Bay Area musicians including Morris Acevedo’s Electric Trio.







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