Oytun Ersan
Oytun Ersan
Bass Player, Composer, Recording Artist

      Fusiolicious is out now!

Bassist Oytun Ersan and his band of jazz fusion all-stars shine on his dynamic new release, Fusiolicious

On his brand-new sophomore release, Fusiolicious, Turkish Cypriot bassist Oytun Ersan has an all-star band on hand to present seven cooking original tunes! The music is expertly executed on an intriguing blend of electric and acoustic instruments, featuring giants of jazz fusion, including drummer Dave Weckl, saxophonist Eric Marienthal, keyboardists Gary Husband and Gerry Etkins, guitarists Brett Garsed, Okan Ersan, Dean Brown and Mike Miller and violinist Karen Briggs.

If you don’t purchase any other music this year – GET this one… it gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from me, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of a (perfect) 5.00 – meaning that it also gets my “PICK” for “best jazz fusion album”.
— Rotcod Zzaj
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
A wildly tasty set that captures what was so cool and attractive abut fusion become consultants turned it into fuzak, this is how it would sound today if it hadn’t been corrupted along the way and the only thing that will take you back to the day is you won’t feel 30 years older listening to this. As hot as it gets, this is a solid dose of the real deal!
— Midwest Record

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Album Produced by: Ric Fierabracci   Mixing: Ric Fierabracci   Mastering: Ric Fierabracci

 
 
 
 

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BIOGRAPHY

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.  

 

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 Okan Ersan & Noise Adventures (Okan Ersan, Eckhard Meszelinsky, Christian Dellacher, Oytun Ersan, Jan Niemeyer) - Germany Tour / November 2018

Okan Ersan & Noise Adventures (Okan Ersan, Eckhard Meszelinsky, Christian Dellacher, Oytun Ersan, Jan Niemeyer) - Germany Tour / November 2018

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I am very honoured to have been invited to perform at Bass Bash 2019 along with these incredible bass players!

Bass Bash is a 2 night concert showcase held during the first 2 days of Winter NAMM, featuring 5 acts each of the world’s greatest bass players and their bands.  The Bass Bash has been one of the best attended events during the NAMM convention, always having some of the best performers from the “low end” showcasing their latest music.

Venue: Phoenix Club, Anaheim California Date: 24 January 2019 Time: 10 pm - 10:40 pm

Click here for Tickets


 

‘‘ Thanks to Aguilar, I no longer have to search for ‘that’ tone. With its unmatched clarity, warmth and power, Aguilar is simply the BEST! ’’ - Oytun Ersan

 

Oytun Ersan is now among the legendary Featured Artists of Fodera Guitars!

It’s such an honour to be among the top artists of Fodera Guitars, the manufacturer of the highest quality bass guitars ever built!
— Oytun Ersan
 
 

My custom made Fodera Buckeyeburl Imperial Elite 5 string bass

 
 

No Treble announces the release of Oytun Ersan's new album, 'Fusiolicious'. 

Oytun Ersan has released his second album, Fusiolicious, featuring a killer lineup of jazz musicians.
— Kevin Johnson
 
 

Bass Musician Magazine announces the release of Oytun Ersan's new album, '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
 
 
 

Broadway World announces Oytun Ersan's new album, 'Fusiolicious'.

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

Many thanks to Jazziz Magazine for reviewing my album Fusiolicious on their FALL 2018 issue! Jazziz Editors have also featured ‘Mysterious Maze’, one of the tracks from my new album Fusiolicious on their Jazziz on Disc CD.

‘‘JAZZIZ Magazine editors choose the best tracks of the moment to feature with every quarterly print issue. This issue’s playlist is called “Fall Into Jazz,” and it shines a beautiful autumn light on new tracks.’’

Mysterious Maze, our selection, builds on a frenetic groove laid down by Oytun Ersan and Weckl, with Marienthal, trumpeter Gökay Gökşen and trombonist Utku Akyol making up a dynamic horn section. Brown and keyboardist Gerry Etkins enjoy ample space to unleash heated solos, as do Ersan and Weckl, all of whom keep the excitement boiling.
— Jazziz Magazine
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FEATURED ALBUM REVIEWS

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CONTEMPORARY FUSION REVIEWS

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If you don’t purchase any other music this year – GET this one… it gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from me, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of a (perfect) 5.00 – meaning that it also gets my “PICK” for “best jazz fusion album”.
— Rotcod Zzaj
 
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FRaME Music

Rating: 8/10

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.
— Kev Rowland
 
 
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MIDWEST RECORD

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A wildly tasty set that captures what was so cool and attractive abut fusion become consultants turned it into fuzak, this is how it would sound today if it hadn’t been corrupted along the way and the only thing that will take you back to the day is you won’t feel 30 years older listening to this. As hot as it gets, this is a solid dose of the real deal!
— Chris Spector

AMAZON CUSTOMER REVIEWS

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Terrific fusion jazz with an emphasis on clarity of thought and performance. Excellent!
— Grady Harp
 
 
 
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                                THE VINYL ANACHRONIST

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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. He is fast as can be. Weckl is a true soulmate.
— Marc Phillips
 
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MUSIC ZOOM (Italy)

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Fusion characterized by the extreme virtuosity of the performers. Turkish Cypriot electric bassist Oytun Ersan has chosen to make a respectable album with some of the stars of the genre. The music is exciting and the compositions of the leader is in the best tradition of the genre.
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DooBeeDooBeeDoo New York

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In this entirely self-penned second album, the material is perfectly interpreted by an international group of 13 top-level musicians whom Ersan has gathered together – names such as Dave Weckl (drums), Eric Marienthal (saxophone), and Gary Husband (keys). With the addition of esteemed producer Ric Fierabracci, it is no surprise that the end product is so successful.
— Fiona Mactaggart
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Jazz Journal (United Kingdom)

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This is an impressive jazz fusion album from Oytun Ersan, the Turkish Cypriot bassist, 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.
— Dave Jones
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