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. Peter Start from the Royal College of Music in July 2014.
Oytun is currently referred to as ‘‘the rising star of the bass community’’. He is among the featured artists of Fodera Guitars and an official artist endorser of Aguilar Amplification, GruvGear and Elixir Strings. Throughout his career, Oytun has performed, recorded and collaborated with a range of acclaimed artists including Dave Weckl, Eric Marienthal, Mike Miller, Dean Brown, Wycliffe Gordon, Rex Richardson, Bob Franceschini, Louie Palmer, Mitch Forman, Brandon Fields, Cliff Almond, Gary Husband and many others. He has performed at many international jazz festivals and venues including Leverkusener Jazztage, Aalener Jazz Festival, Ingolstadt Jazztage, the Baked Potato Jazz Club, Nublu Jazz Club and the Bass Bash.
Oytun Ersan is the leader of Oytun Ersan All Stars band which was formed in early 2019. The band has performed a sold-out show at the Bass Bash and more recently at the legendary Baked Potato Jazz Club in Los Angeles, California. The band - consisting of Oytun Ersan on bass, Mitch Forman on keys, Bob Franceschibi on saxophone and Louie Palmer on drums - will be touring Europe in Spring 2020.
Oytun and his Jazz Fusion all-starts band released ‘‘Fusiolicious’’ in April 2018. The album, produced by fellow bassist Ric Fierabracci, features an impressive, all-star cast including Dave Weckl, Eric Marienthal, Gary Husband, Gerry Etkins, Dean Brown, Brett Garsed, Okan Ersan, Mike Miller, Mitch Forman and Karen Briggs. Oytun recorded bass for many Jazz, Fusion and Rock albums till date. He currently resides in Nicosia, North Cyprus and travels internationally for exhibitions, festival performances and gigs.