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Biography

Since picking up the Electric Bass at the age of 13, music has been central to Oscar's life. Attaining a Bachelor Of Music from the University Of Tasmania in 2011, Oscar moved to Melbourne to further study at Monash University, where he received First Class Honours in 2013 for his recital programs and Thesis on Israeli bassist Avishai Cohen. In August/September 2015 he studied abroad under Norwegian bassist Hakon Thelin, looking at developing a vocabulary of extended techniques for the double bass related to the Stefano Scodanibbio repertoire. In 2016 he was selected to be a part of the Australian Art Orchestra's two week intensive, studying with musicians from Korea, Arnhem Land and around Australia. In 2017 Oscar has collaborated with visual artist Daniel Crooks, "The Rookies" have been selected as the resident artists for Friday and Saturday at the relocated Bennett's Lane site "The JazzLab", and he has toured Japan playing with Australian expat Niran Dasika and Japanese musicians including Tsuboi Hiroshi and Sumire Kuribayashi.

Throughout his career, Oscar has been in demand through a range of styles that have seen him grace stages right across the country and perform with national and international stars. From the Sydney Opera House, Palais Theater, Melbourne Recital Center, Thebarton Theater, Malthouse Theater, Brisbane Convention Center, Federation Square, Chapel Off Chapel, The Melba Spiegeltent, MONA, through to well known Jazz haunts like Bennett's Lane, The Paris Cat, The Wesley Anne, Open Studio, Lebowskis and others. He's performed at festivals like the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Tablelands Folk Festival, Soundscape, International Jazz Day and Hobart's Clarence Jazz Festival, Cygnet Folk Festival and Hot August Jazz. And that's before mentioning the more off kilter venues such as Richmond's KaDo Warehouse Cabaret seasons, Off The Kerb Gallery, community bush sheds and halls, numerous musicals, radio and TV appearances and a consistently busy schedule of weddings and functions.

Oscar has performed and/or recorded with internationally recognised musicians including Gerald Clayton, Gerald Cleaver, Tony Mallaby, Vince Jones (on the ARIA nominated Monash Sessions CD), Sam Keevers, Paul Williamson, Dewayne Everittsmith, Dan Barnett
, Peter Combe and more.

In 2015, Oscar released 4 CD's with groups that he either leads or collaborates with - and at least three more are on the way in 2016.

Currently Oscar is immersed as a performer, composer and arranger within the Melbourne Jazz scene, playing and writing for a range of ensembles (click here to see!) led by himself and also by others.