David de Marez Oyens

From the very beginning, David's career has been characterized by a wide musical interest. Born on 21st July, 1960 in Hilversum, into a family where music took a central role, David 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. Took lessons arranging with Jerry van Rooijen, Rik Elings and Kenny Napper. Since 1985, he has been teaching at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He has given clinics and seminars on Jazz, pop, Latin, rock, fusion and Indian Rhythms in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Norway, France, Danmark 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.

Jazzfest René Engel Group 
Photo by SpringerH@t-online.de

“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, Jozef Dumoulin, Bart Defoort, Jeroen van Herzeele, Dré Pallemaerts, Billy Hart, Steve Clover, Mark Levine, Rachel Gould, Pierre Vaiana, Gloria Cooper, Justin Binek, Mike Rossi and Peter Eldrige.

David can be heard on numerous CDs, radio and TV productions with, among others, Toon Hermans, Paul de Leeuw, De Volharding, The Dutch Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra, The Metropole Orchestra, Gerald Alston, George McCrae, Nippy Noya, Humphrey Campbell, Ruth Jacott, Jan Rietman band, Solid Harmonie, Sister Sledge, T-Spoon, Ten-Sharp, Boi Akih, FLORiS, Room Eleven, Kaz Lux, Denise Jannah, Cor Bakker and Herman Erbé.

Just some of the musicians David has played with: Rob Madna-trio / -quintet, Michiel Borstlap, Justin Di Cioccio, Michael Abene, Bart van Lier-quartet, Batida, Nueva Manteca, Estrella Acosta, Luizão Paiva, Leonardo Amuedo, Marc Bischoff, Randal Corsen, Eef Albers, Wim Overgaauw, Michel Petrucciani,Thijs van Leer Band, Jakez François, Friedrich Gulda, Didier Lockwood, Randy Crawford, Sister Sledge, Tavares, Trammps, Three Degrees, Brian Bromberg, Jimmy Haslip, Linley Marthe, Mike Mainieri, Edo Righini, Tineke Postma, Gary Dial, Dick Oats, Fay Claassen, Tim Langedijk, Wicked Jazz Sounds, Headline, Room 11 en Mariska Veres, Margriet Eshuijs band, Jan Akkerman, Pitch White Storm, René Engel Band, Ives Ensemble, Niladri Kumar, Niti Ranjan Biswas, Alvaro Bello, Tommy Smith’s Karma and Eric Vaarzon Morel's Flamenco opera: El Greco. Currently touring/ performing with: Alter Ego, Stormvogel’s Bohemian Groove Orchestra, GAEA, Pieternel Osinga and C_urb

Musical-director and arranger for the musicals:

My Generation (1988) and Up on the roof (1989).

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, Avalon DI, Hevos amps,  Glockenklang bass pre-amp, Wedge cabinets by Azetec / Master Blaster, Crown/Amcron