Hans Ottsen
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Hans Ottsen

Los Angeles, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE

Los Angeles, CA | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2015
Solo Jazz Bebop




"Review of Hans Ottsen, Music For Mind Movies"

"Hans' EP titled MUSIC FOR MIND MOVIES is seven eclectic beautifully written and performed songs, that if you allow, will take you to another place... ...They're all incredible tracks."

Pam Baumgardner - Ventura Rocks (Jan 2, 2014) - Pam Baumgardner, Ventura Rocks

"Hans Ottsen Review, L.A. Jazz Scene"

"Hans Ottsen plays some of the finest jazz guitar you'll ever hear"

Ken Winter - L.A. Jazz Scene (Nov 1, 2012) - Ken Winter, L.A. Jazz Scene

"Playing at WORP Speed, Totally Local VC"

"...a style that spans from John Coltrane to Van Morrison to Pink Floyd – an enormous swath of musical real estate that might cause less ambitious acts to blanch."

James Scolari - Totally Local VC (Jun 28, 2011) - James Scolari, Totally Local VC


Hans Ottsen - MUSIC FOR MIND MOVIES (Filzar Records, 2014)

Hans Ottsen - NAVIGATION (Deepdig Records, 2015)



Hans Ottsen has played and studied music since birth. His mother, Linda Ottsen, soprano, sang with Leonard Bernstein & Aaron Copland, performing at Kennedy Center with Hans in the womb. After studying classical piano until his mid-teens, he began playing guitar & pursued his formal education at the University of Southern California, continuing his studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, focusing on jazz guitar, improvisation, & music theory. His teachers include Joe Diorio, Chris Rosenberg, Frank Potenza, Pat Kelley, Mark Pratt, Garry Dial, & most recently Gilad Hekselman. Hans performs in many ensembles:  HANS OTTSEN TRIO (various incarnations include Drew Gress, Don Peretz, Tom Etchart, Tyler Hammond, Danny Young, Hunter Van Dam, & Adam Clark), Karl Hunter Quartet, OTTSEN FLOWERS & CLARK w Rachel Flowers & Adam Clark, IDIOSYNC w Bevan Manson, Tom Buckner Quartet, TICO TRIO w Adam Clark & Randy Tico, Harlem Holler Trio w Phil Salazar & Randy Tico, to name a few. Hans was featured for the debut of 'Santa Monica Mountains',  composed for jazz guitar & chamber orchestra & written for Hans by composer/pianist Bevan Manson. Hans has performed at venues across the U.S. and Europe. Performance venues include The Knitting Factory (NYC), NAMM, The Thousand Oaks Center for the Arts, The Mint, Chadneys, Soho, Squashed Grapes, The Wine Rack, Sessions At The Loft, and dozens of festivals & jazz venues between San Francisco & Los Angeles. Hans has toured Denmark and Holland playing shows with drummer Don Peretz and saxophonist Sam Sadigursky. In addition to his performing life, Hans is co-producer at Filzar Studios, owned by fiddle guru Phil Salazar. There he has worked with artists such as Jim Christie, Tom Scott, Jeff Elliott, Randy Tico, Gilles Apap and others.  Hans recently released NAVIGATION: Hans Ottsen Trio featuring Drew Gress & Don Peretz on Deepdig Records.

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