David de Marez Oyens
David de Marez Oyens


April 2003

David  de  Marez  Oyens  

electric bass

began piano lessons at six years old, followed by oboe, bass guitar and double bass. David's first bands played a combination of Latin, Jazz en rock, anticipating the later ‘Fusion’.

David completed studies in bass guitar and double bass at the Hilversum Conservatory. Since 1985, he has been teaching at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He has given clinics and seminars on Jazz, pop, Latin, rock and fusion in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the School of Music from the University of Miami. Tours have included Spain, France, former Yugoslavia, The Gambia, Curaçao, U. S. A., Canada and South Africa.

“As a bass guitar player interested in the music of Zappa and Mahavishnu in the late 70's, having played more complex jazz-rock with transfusion and contemporary classical music with the Volharding in the 80's followed by the Dutch radio orchestra's and the René Engel Band in the 90's, it was a logical step for me to go deeper in the more complex rhythmical structures of South-Indian music as offered by the course Contemporary Improvisation through Non-Western Techniques. After taking the four year programme and additional workshops with Jahnavi Jayaprakash and B.C. Manjunat, I now feel much more equipped for the music of the 21st century.” 

Since 1987, David has been teaching and playing at the summer courses organised by ‘the Jazz-Studio’ in Belgium with among others Dave Pike, Joe Lovano, Philipe Catherine, Hein van der Geyn, Serge Lazarevitch, Chris Joris, Deborah Brown, Kristina Fuchs, John Ruocco, Philippe Aerts, Jim McNeely, Christoph Erbstösser, Ewout Pierreux, Dré Pallemaerts, Billy Hart, Steve Clover, Mark Levine, Rachel Gould, Pierre Vaiana, Gloria Cooper, Justin Binek and Mike Rossi.

Musical-director and arranger for the musicals:
My Generation and Up on the roof. 
David plays a.o.: Fodera 5- en 6- string bass guitar, Fender Jazz- and Precision (fretless)-bass, Peavey MIDI-bass, Korg-Tone works tuner, Lexicon, Glockenklang bass pre-amp, Wedge cabinets by Azetec / Master Blaster, Crown/Amcron Powertech 1, Avalon U5 DI Pre amp, Bag-End Q10X-D, Hevos Midget-10, STUD-B Double bass and several percussion instruments. 

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