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Oytun Ersan


Oytun Ersan is a Turkish Cypriot bassist, composer, recording artist and a member of the Recording Academy. He is best known for his soulful grooves, technique and melodic Jazz Fusion compositions. Oytun holds a degree in Music and a Masters Degree in Special Education. At the early age of 15, he joined the International Nicosia Municipality Orchestra as a saxophone and later as a bass player, making him the youngest professional musician to join an internationally recognised orchestra in Cyprus island. His passion for music lead Oytun to attended an Instrumental Conducting Course Masterclass run by the world famous conductor Prof


Article: Radio & Podcasts

ARCEOLOGY-The Music of MSM Schmidt, Gilad Hekselman, Donny McCaslin and Carlos Fischer

Read "ARCEOLOGY-The Music of MSM Schmidt, Gilad Hekselman, Donny McCaslin and Carlos Fischer" reviewed by Len Davis

New music from ARC Trio with the John Daversa Big Band, Gilad Hekselman from Far Star, Donny McCaslin, from the UK bassist Al Swainger, Turkish Cypriot bassist Oytun Ersan, and from Hungary Fusio Group with XXX. Playlist ARC Trio with the John Daversa Big Band “Qin Shi" from ARCEOLOGY-The music of MSM Schmidt (Blue ...



Now We’re Talking Funk

Featuring the music of Oytun Ersan
Duration: 8:15

Bassist Oytun Ersan featuring Eric Marienthal, Simon Phillips, and Mitchel Forman.

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Asaf Sirkis, Spherical Agenda, Shawn Glide, Nguyen Le, Karim Ziad

Read "Asaf Sirkis, Spherical Agenda, Shawn Glide, Nguyen Le, Karim Ziad" reviewed by Len Davis

New music from Asaf Sirkis of his release Solar Flash featuring Gary Husband. From Ohio, Spherical Agenda with their new single “Guts" from their upcoming album Arcane Wisdom and some obscure music from Turkey and the UK. A special feature, Ethnic Embraces to highlight a series on All About Jazz written by Mike Jacobs called BackTracks. ...



Oytun Ersan All Stars ft. Eric Marienthal, Simon Phillips, Mitchel Forman and Mike Miller - Crowdfunding Campaign

Featuring the music of Oytun Ersan
Duration: 5:39

You may remember bass player Oytun Ersan from his latest release ''Fusiolicious'' featuring giants of Jazz Fusion including Dave Weckl, Eric Marienthal, Gary Husband and Dean Brown. After a pre-production phase of almost two years, Oytun is now getting ready to enter the studio to record his brand new and exciting Jazz-Funk Fusion album ''Fusiolicious 2'' together with some of the most influential Jazz/Funk Fusion artists of our time. But he can only do this with your help. Oytun Ersan has recently launched a Crowdfunding Campaign on Indiegogo to help fund his new album and music videos (live in studio). As part of this Crowdfunding Campaign, the band is offering exclusive rewards to their backers for a limited time. Please check out the campaign page for more information. Thank you all so much for your support and generosity. It really means a lot.

Quotes on Oytun Ersan and ''Fusiolicious''

"Versatile” doesn’t begin to describe the prodigiously talented bassist, composer and educator Oytun Ersan. He is a master composer in his own right, as evidenced by the top-flight funk and progressive jazz presented on his aptly named second album, Fusiolicious." —Bass Musician Magazine

"With his exciting new release, Oytun Ersan once again proves himself a jazz fusion force to be reckoned with." —Broadway World

"I have had a few albums over the years where the band has been led by a bassist, but I can honestly say that I have never heard anything quite like this before. If ever there was a masterclass in modern jazz fusion, and how it can work with funk, then this is it." —Frame Music

"This is an impressive jazz fusion album from Oytun Ersan, with solos from a variety of contributors that use a full language of possibilities rather than just concentrating on pentatonic scales. The ensemble work by this large and impressive cast is extremely tight and intense, and overall it’s a well-balanced programme of material, all composed by the leader." —Jazz Journal

"Bass prodigy Oytun Ersan is not merely a virtuosic bassist; he's also a highly imaginative and skilled composer as evidenced here by these seven first rate, frequently labyrinthine but always riveting tunes." —All About Jazz

"Turkish Cypriot bassist and composer Oytun Ersan has been refining his craft since his teen years. For Fusiolicious, he assembled an all-star aggregation of some of fusion’s top players to realize his original compositions."—Jazziz Magazine

"Oytun Ersan is a wild and wonderful leader with his bass—you know his arrangements are focusing on those driving pulses that have settled deep into the foundation of the music. Dave Weckl is a true soulmate." —The Vinyl Anachronist

"Turkish Cypriot bass virtuoso invited some of the finest musicians in the current jazz and fusion scene to perform on Fusiolicious. Jazz, rock and funk ingermingle with total ease." — Progressive Rock Central


Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Oh, That Butterfly!; Mysterious Maze; Rise Up; L.A.; Rooms; Ocean; Sacred Solace.


Article: Album Review

Okan Ersan: Nibiru

Read "Nibiru" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Guitarist Okan Ersan hails from Cyprus and was a featured soloist on his younger bassist brother Oytun Ersan's album Fusiolicious (Self Produced, 2019). On the outer space-inspired concept album Nibiru (named after the mythical planet) his jazz fusion quartet cooks a quite a solar storm. Each of the seven chapters charts a musical narrative related to ...


Article: Album Review

Oytun Ersan: Fusiolicious

Read "Fusiolicious" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Bass prodigy Oytun Ersan is a Turkish Cypriot based in Nicosia, North Cyprus He's performed or collaborated with a host of jazz stars including Wycliffe Gordon, Mitchel Forman and drummer Dave Weckl who's featured on this high voltage fusion album. On the frenetic opener, “Oh, That Butterfly!" there's are coruscating solos from Eric Marienthal, ...



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: #1: Oh, That Butterfly, #2: Mysterious Maze, #3: Rise Up, #4: L.A., #5: Rooms, #6: Ocean, #7: Sacred Solace


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Mysterious Maze

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Duration: 08:36


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