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Greetings fellow travelers!

       So I owe both of you (haha) my apologies for failing to update this website for so long. I just realized it's been close to 9 months! Things are lovely out here in beautiful Southern California. These past months have included a move - we found a charming little house and are enjoying the new digs - and tons of other life stuff. On the music front things have been a blast. I've been enjoying projects with some of the usual suspects as well as a new trio project I'm very excited about. Regarding the former, mPhaka (Karl Hunter (sax), Danny Connell (bass), Tyler Hammond (drums), me (guitar) is doin' great. We finally finished our newest original tune, Brevity, which we're all excited about. We'll be performing for The Grape At Hong Kong Inn 3/8/19 (it's a Friday).  Squashed Grapes Gratitude Jazz Jam (the jam I started a few years back) is back in full effect after a hiatus following the closing of the old venue. While we eagerly anticipate the opening of the new venue, The Grape has set up shop at The Hong Kong Inn, downtown Ventura.  So that's where we're hosting the jam, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month, 7-10pm. And the new trio project! PTO TRIO (PAID TIME OFF TRIO or PERKO TAFARELLA OTTSEN TRIO - your choice)! Along with two scarily gifted musicians, Matt Perko (drums) and Santino Tafarella (contrabass), I've been having a blast exploring new territories with this trio. PTO TRIO will be performing for The Grape At Hong Kong Inn 3/16/19 (it's a Saturday). Other fun gigs have come and gone without me posting them here (sorry again). I've been playing up in Los Olivos occasionally w drummer LP's project, 3 Way Stop. It's a beautiful place with cool people who don't mind a little musical weirdness. Next show up there will be 3/31/19 (it's a Saturday). I had a blast recently playing duo with one of my favorite musicians/humans, Granville Danny Young, for the Downtown LA ArtWalk. Hopefully that'll happen again soon because it is SO MUCH FUN!  There is so much more to talk about but this has gotten a little long so I'll wrap it up. Thanks so much for visiting my website & for supporting art & music in your community. 

Peace, Love, & Hugs,

                Hans O

20180513 Real Feels - Jazz On The Lane

20180513 JOTL Real Feels Dinner


Hans w Pinson / Robaire

Jonathan Pinson, Dave Robaire, Hans Ottsen


Hans w Jerry Cantrell

Hans Ottsen & Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)

Real Feels @ JOTL

John Raymond, Colin Stranahan, Hans Ottsen, Linda Ottsen, Henning Ottsen, Gilad Hekselman

Available now from Deepdig Records:  Hans Ottsen Trio NAVIGATION 

feat Drew Gress & Don Peretz

Digital version available now on Bandcamp! 

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Don Peretz . Hans Ottsen . Drew Gress



 (digital version available on Bandcamp & iTunes)

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Greetings fellow travelers!
    Back from NYC. In fact, writing this sitting on the floor at will call for NAMM. I've got my badge (don't lose it! They cost $100 to replace!) Waiting for my second pass for the Hilton Nord show w Ottsen Flowers & Clark. But news!!!
    The trip to NYC was beautiful. The recording w Don Peretz & Drew Gress went astoundingly well. Such a fun day in the studio working w two of the most amazing musicians imaginable. What a gift that was. I also got to spend an afternoon w my teacher from 'SC, Joe Diorio. It was such a blessing to catch up w him & hang in Waterbury w him & Tina. He lent me ten pounds of Diorio recordings including a DVD of Diorio & Metheny. Cool man. Gotta send them back w more avocados. New Ottsen avocado fans include Joe Diorio & fam & Gilad Hekselman & fam. Not surprising. Anyway, off to NAMM! Be kind. Be well. 
Peace & Love,




Ottsen Flowers & Clark: Live @ Squashed Grapes

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Ottsen Flowers & Clark: Ottsen Flowers & Clark: Live @ Squashed Grapes




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Welcome to! Music is a large and complex, living, breathing organism made up of countless minds/opinions/experiences/tastes/talents & billions of scores & recordings. The more I learn about music, the more I find I have yet to learn. This is a beautiful thing. It means that no matter how passionately I experience something musical, how deeply I explore it, no matter how moved I find myself, there exists infinite opportunity to seek out greater, deeper, more rewarding musical experiences. This will remain true for me throughout my life and would continue to be true through a thousand lifetimes.

Music can be a companion through one's life. I shudder to think of how I might have fared, without my connection to music, through the darkest, loneliest, most difficult times of my life. And of course, music has always been there for me, setting up a quick link to memories of the good times.

I love music. I love helping people explore the vast musical universe I continue to explore myself. I love helping people hone & articulate their unique, personal musical passions. I watch in awe as the human mind, body, & spirit build ability, see farther, & increase physical dexterity. I feel intense gratitude when I see somebody make a musical breakthrough. I'm honored to be present as they experience that emotion all too familiar to me: the euphoria of experiencing increased capability of musical expression.

Music is available to all human beings. Regardless of age or level of experience, music and the joy it can yield is available to all of us. Most of the time the only thing in the way is ourselves, our acculumated baggage, the power we give the negative, over critical voices in our heads - and we all have em. With a little courage to take the first step & pick up an instrument - see how you can make it sound. See if you can make that ear-worm - the tune stuck in your head - come out through the instrument. Or simply start singing.  See if you can play the notes you sing.

There's something in it for anyone willing to listen - Anyone willing to try.  The investment is small compared the the reward.  The reward is infinite.

Thank you for visiting my website. May you all find the happiness which music make available to all of us.


               Hans Ottsen



Funny Selfie Hans w Adam Clark larger