James Oesi

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04.08.2020          Music + Science in the media

There’s been quite a lot of interest from the media in the research with neuroscientist and former olympic speed-skater Beorn Nijenhuis together with sports psychologist Jet Steen into how a professional musician can best use their time in the practise room.

Be sure to read a lovely interview with Sandra Kooke, with delightful photography by Maartje Geels in Dutch national newspaper Trouw. Also Reformatorisch Dagblad quoted this article.

Another article, by Rahul Gandolohage and photographer Roger Cremers has also appeared in in the other national paper, NRC.

In addition, Beorn and I were also interviewed by NPO Radio 1 for their program ‘De Nieuws BV‘ at the beginning of the week – I also got to play a bit of Bach!

And last, but not least, listen to the interview with Beorn and me and my short performance at the NPO Radio 4 programme ‘Podium‘.

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19.07.2020          Collaboration with Beorn Nijenhuis, presentation in Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ

Over the last year and a half I have been working with neuroscientist and former olympic speed-skater Beorn Nijenhuis together with sports psychologist Jet Steen on a project aimed to provide some insight into how a professional musician can best use their time in the practise room. The premise of this project was to take time out of my regular performing schedule to devote to learning the six Bach cello suites and then to have my time structured and supervised by Beorn and Jet. My stress levels and well being was monitored closely throughout the whole project to give them precious data to use in looking back and seeing what effects different interventions in my schedule had on me.
It has been a very intense and transformative project and I am extremely happy to be able to present how this last year and a half has been, together with Beorn and Jet at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ on August 1st at 20:00.
Tickets for this presentation (I will of course also be playing a little bit) can be bought here.

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!

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.