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Karl Hunter, Hans Ottsen, Danny Connell, & Tyler Hammond

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Greetings fellow travelers!

        These past couple years have brought many new and unexpected things.  Our lives have changed significantly.  I've witnessed my fellow human beings adapt & support one another through some truly difficult climate.  As we begin to emerge & pursue the things we love once again, I feel a new vigor infused with a burning gratitude for my family, my friends & colleagues, & of course for music!  Live music is on its way back!  I'll be playing 7/8/21, 7-10pm at THE GRAPE, my first gig at the new venue location, w Chemis3 (w Guil Juliao on bass & Adam Clark on drums) + Karl Hunter (sax) = CHEMIS4!!!  I hope you can make that gig.  May others in the works.  I've been keeping my fingers & mind in shape as have my colleagues.  mPhaka is working on material for our next album and I've been working with several fantastic trios and duos.  I'm pursuing a variety of ensembles so stay tuned!  And don't forget about The Bearded Pearl Clams featuring Patrick Warburton, Chris Olsen, Adam Clark, and me!  This is a very exciting time.  Stay healthy while we allow the post-coved renaissance to blossom!

And thank you, as always, for supporting artists & musicians in your community!


         Hans Ottsen

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20190225 Hans w Daniel Rotem Trio

L to R: Hans Ottsen, Daniel Rotem, Alex Boneham, Roberto Giaquinto (photo by Rich Barth)


20190127 Hans & GHex

Gilad Hekselman & Hans Ottsen


Hans w Pinson / Robaire

Jonathan Pinson, Dave Robaire, Hans Ottsen


Hans w Jerry Cantrell

Hans Ottsen & Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)


Real Feels @ JOTL

Me & Mom & Dad hangin' w REAL FEELS


Available now from Deepdig Records:  

Navigation | Hans Ottsen Trio (feat. Drew Gress and Don Peretz) | Deepdig Records




Don Peretz . Hans Ottsen . Drew Gress



 (digital version available on Bandcamp & iTunes)


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Navigation | Hans Ottsen Trio (feat. Drew Gress & Don Peretz) | Deepdig Records


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

Thank you for supporting the artists and musicians around you! The art and music scene is not just a New York/Paris/Los Angeles phenomenon. It's all around us, right in our neighborhoods. Let's encourage one another to cherish & nurture it!







Welcome to hansottsen.com! 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