James Oesi


26.03.2020          Corona cancellations

Due to the global coronavirus pandemic all of my concerts until June 1st have, understandably, been cancelled. Thankfully most of the cancelled performances will simply be moved to another time in the season 2020/2021, so please check back as I update the dates on my concerts page and of course stay healthy and safe!

26.03.2020          Cellosuite nr.1 – Johann Sebastian Bach (Podium Witteman)

01.02.2020          Podium Witteman with Beorn Nijenhuis

It was a pleasure to be a guest again on Podium Witteman. This time with Beorn Nijenhuis to talk a little bit about what we’ve been doing together over the last few months. Beorn did a great job talking about our project and I got to play some Bach of course! You can watch the interview back here.

22.11.2019          Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

It was truly a thrill to perform yesterday at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in a double bill concert with the incredible cellist Maya Fridman. I got the opportunity to perform the four new works written for me as part of the New Notes project by the Grachtenfestival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek and November Music and getting the opportunity to bring this great music, pieces by Thomas Power, Aya Yoshida, Adrian Crespo Barba and Boris Bezemer, abroad was a real privilege.

10.11.2019          New Notes with Grachtenfestival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek & November Music

I am thrilled to be able to share this really lovely review of my concert at November music. The concert was the third in a series of concerts attached to the New Notes project, a collaboration between three of the most prominent music festivals in the Netherlands, Grachtenfestival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek and November Music.
For the New Notes project, the three festivals join forces to commission new music for an artist, this time around that artist was me which was a huge honour. After a call for scores which resulted in an initial submission by 16 composers, a narrowing down to 8 with whom I then had a reading session, the final selection of composers has ended up being Thomas Power from Ireland, Aya Yoshida from Japan, Adrián Crespo Barba from Spain and Boris Bezemer from the Netherlands. The fact that there were so many (good!) submissions was both humbling and inspiring and getting to work with each of the four composers has been a real treat. Each of the four works are extremely unique and the combination in concert has been really exciting!

17.07.2019          Solo tour to South Africa

After years of wanting to return to South Africa to perform, I am absolutely thrilled that me and my duo partner, pianist Andrea Vasi, will play a 5 city tour in this beautiful country that I had the privilege of growing up in!

We will be playing recitals at Northwards in Johannesburg, the Jewish Club in Durban, Grahamstown Music Society in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown), the Civic Centre Auditorium in Hermanus and ending in the Miriam Makeba Hall of the Unisa Music Foundation in Pretoria!

The first performance is Sunday Juli 21. Exact concert dates are in my list of upcoming performances on the website.

20.06.2019          Guest on NPO1’s Nooit Meer Slapen

As part of the lead up to the second edition of the Dutch Double Bass Festival, I got to sit down for a lovely talk with radio host Pieter van der Wielen in the programme Nooit Meer Slapen on NPO1 – Dutch radio. We ended up having quite a varied discussion, about where I come from, why I’m so passionate about the bass and what exactly makes the instrument so fantastic! It is all in Dutch I’m afraid, but I do play a bit too ;) so please do check it out here!

26.04.2019          Pachelbel’s Canon reimagined

Merel and I got the opportunity to rearrange an extremely well known piece of music for the radio programme Muziekfabriek on Dutch NPO Radio 4. We decided to use a work that is extremely well known: Pachelbel’s Canon ;) Check out our reimagining of it here!

30.03.2019          Dutch Double Bass Festival: the second edition

I am over the moon that after the joyously whirlwind experience of the first edition of the Dutch Double Bass Festival two years ago, we will now be having a second edition this June!

The festival this year will be taking place in Rotterdam at two venues that are directly across from one another in the heart of the city: Oude Luxor Theater, and Villa Thalia.

On the 8th and 9th of June you will be treated to an absolute smörgåsbord of the best in bass from around the world. Classical music, jazz and contemporary will all be represented as well as the bass guitar.
For those of you who may be apprehensive of all that bass, don’t be! The line-up is fantastic and the programme is varied!
Dominic Seldis will be bringing the basses of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to open the festival with a concert filled with some of the best bassists of the Netherlands, with some possible (non-bassist ;) special guests. Rick Stotijn will be collaborating with the wonderful Matangi Quartet feat. Marijn van Prooijen for a Sunday morning concert not to be missed. World star Richard Bona will be performing at the festival with the Richard Bona Group. Renaud Garcia-Fons will be giving a concert with his Revoir Paris trio and Omer Avital will be bringing his Qantar quartet for a Saturday night concert. I will of course also be making a contribution with my own group.
This is just a selection of what will be taking place at the festival so if this whets your appetite please check the website out for the full line-up and programme and hopefully I will see you at one or both of the festival days! :)

14.02.2019          Residency at the radio4 OpiumAtelier

Last week I had the opportunity to be the weekly artist-in-residence at radio4’s Opium Atelier.
Every week as part of the nightly radio programme, Opium, an artist is invited to spend the week in the Opium Atelier, a week that is then entirely at the disposal of the artist to spend on their work. Seeing as my project with neuroscientist and former athlete Beorn Nijenhuis, had just begun – a project in which my stress levels and practise regime will be studied for the coming months and later manipulated in the hopes
to finding what the optimal practise and time management methods are to better a musician – it seemed like a perfect opportunity to spend the week practising! So, armed with a schedule that Beorn had devised for me for the week, I spent my days practising, meditating and in general being much more efficient than I’m used to!
At the end of the week I got to discuss the experience with Beorn and Annemieke Bosman during Friday nights broadcast of the programme.
For more info on the experience or to listen to any of the interviews, check Opium Atelier’s site here!