Oytun Ersan - best known for his soulful grooves, technique and melodic Jazz Fusion compositions - is a Turkish Cypriot bassist, composer, recording artist and a member of the Recording Academy. He holds a degree in Music and a Masters Degree in Special Education. At the early age of 15, Oytun joined the International Nicosia Municipality Orchestra as a saxophone and later as a bass player where he is still working for the last 20+ years. His passion for music lead Oytun to attended an Instrumental Conducting Course Masterclass run by the world famous conductor Prof. Peter Start from the Royal College of Music in July 2014.
Oytun - currently referred to as ‘‘the rising star of the bass community’’ - is among the featured artists of Fodera Guitars and an official artist endorser of some top profile companies such as Aguilar, GruvGear and Elixir Strings. Oytun has performed and collaborated with a range of acclaimed artists including trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, trumpeter Rex Richardson, Nigerian singer/songwriter Ola Onabule, Bob Franceschini, Louie Palmer, Mitchel Forman and many others. He has performed at prestigious Jazz Festivals such as Leverkusener Jazztage, Aalener Jazz Festival and Ingolstadt Jazztage.
Oytun and his Jazz Fusion all-starts band released ‘‘Fusiolicious’’ in April 2018. The album is produced by the great bassist Ric Fierabracci and features some of the most influential Jazz musicians of our century such as Dave Weckl, Eric Marienthal, Gary Husband, Gerry Etkins, Dean Brown, Brett Garsed, Okan Ersan, Mike Miller and Karen Briggs, just to name a few. Oytun currently resides with his family in Nicosia, North Cyprus and travels internationally for exhibitions, festival performances and gigs.