James Oesi


23.02.2017          Dutch Double Bass Festival

Last week we announced the whole line-up and programme of the Dutch Double Bass Festival. I’m extremely proud of the line-up of musicians that we have coming and also extremely excited for the event itself! The festival takes place on the 19th, 20th and 21st of May this year at De Electriciteitsfabriek in The Hague, and tickets can be purchased at ddbf.nl. The line-up includes Gary Karr, John Patitucci, Dominic Seldis, Edicson Ruiz, and the basses of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, to name a few!

03.02.2017          Dutch Double Bass Festival – early bird tickets for sale!

From now until the 14th of February you can buy a discounted (!) ticket for the Dutch Double Bass Festival! The dates of the festival are the 19th, 20th and 21st of May and an early bird ticket will get you access to the entire festival (20th and 21st – the 19th is an education day) which will include more than 10 amazing double bass acts for €55!

The goal of the festival is to bring top quality music from the worlds best double bass players (from all genres) to The Hague for a weekend of celebration of the double bass! The first names that are announced are Minje Sung from Korea and Adam Ben Ezra from Israel.

I had the pleasure of seeing Minje play for the first time when I was still studying in Moscow, he was 17 and had just won the Koussevitzky competition. I was absolutely blown away by his recital and have followed him ever since!

Adam Ben Ezra is a an equally inspiring artist whom I had the luck of finding on an unplanned YouTube spiral (you know what I mean – the kind that begins by clicking a “related video”) that started somewhere with the Berio Sequenza. I came across his video of his piece “Can’t Stop Running” and again was absolutely mesmerised. He too I continued to follow and it makes me extremely happy that these two artists will be playing at the first edition of the festival!

There is a whole lineup of extremely exciting bassists coming to The Hague for the festival and the full line-up and programme will be made public on the 14th of February after which the early bird discount will end.

23.01.2017          De Nachtzoen!

To begin 2017 I was featured on a Dutch television programme called “De Nachtzoen” (The goodnight kiss). The programme which is on every night, features a short interview with a guest who ends their interview by putting the audience to sleep, either with a story or, in my case, a performance! It can be watched back here!

22.01.2017          Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument

2016 ended with a lot of things to be thankful all, not least of all my new bow by Jürgen Krussig! Whilst visiting Gerold Genssler in Berlin for a new set of gut core strings for my double bass, I discovered this fabulous bow! Through the support of Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument, I was able to purchase the bow and have been happily playing with it since! The foundation is a wonderful asset to the cultural landscape of the Netherlands as it helps and has helped so many young musicians acquire instruments that they need to further their careers but do not yet have the resources to purchase.


20.01.2017          Lessons with Gary Karr!

Last week I returned to Amsterdam from a trip to Las Vegas, a place I never thought I would visit, yet had the enormous privilege and honour to travel to for an intense and incredible week of lessons with none other than Gary Karr! My trip was in many ways a dream come true, made possible not only due to a generous scholarship awarded by the Sophie Booy-Barones van Randwijck fonds but by the fact that the person to whom the scholarship was awarded – my wonderful pianist, Andrea Vasi, decided to use it to fund a trip for the both of us to get coaching from Gary Karr and his pianist, Harmon Lewis, the only other living double bass and piano duo who have enjoyed the kind of career that Andrea and I both aspire to and are working towards! I was lucky to be invited back to Amsterdam fm last week, to discuss the experience and play a little bit, the fragment can be found here! (my interview begins around the 28 minute mark!)