James Oesi


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!