"Hans Ottsen plays some of the finest guitar you'll ever hear."

- L.A. Jazz Scene November 2012


"Hans! My prodigal son!"

- Joe Diorio


"Hans' EP titled MUSIC FOR MIND MOVIES is seven eclectic beautifully written and performed songs, that if you allow, will take you to another place... ...They're all incredible tracks."

-Pam Baumgardner, Ventura Rocks


"...a style that spans from John Coltrane to Van Morrison to Pink Floyd – an enormous swath of musical real estate that might cause less ambitious acts to blanch."

-James Scolari, Totally Local VC

Hans Ottsen has played and studied music since birth. His mother, Linda Ottsen, soprano, sang with Leonard Bernstein & Aaron Copland, performing at Kennedy Center in the months before Hans was born. After studying classical piano until his mid-teens, he began playing guitar & pursued his formal education at the University of Southern California School of Music.  In his senior year he moved to New York City, continuing his studies at the Manhattan School of Music, focusing on jazz guitar, improvisation, & music theory. His teachers include Joe Diorio, Chris Rosenberg, Frank Potenza, Pat Kelley, Mark Pratt, Garry Dial, & Gilad Hekselman. Hans performs in many ensembles:  MPHAKA feat Karl Hunter (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy), BEAT 3 feat Santino Tafarella & Matt Perko, HANS OTTSEN TRIO (various incarnations include Drew Gress, Don Peretz, Tom Etchart, Tyler Hammond, Danny Connell, Granville 'Danny' Young, Zephyr Avalon, Adam Clark, Santino Tafarella, & Matt Perko), KARL HUNTER QUARTET, OTTSEN FLOWERS & CLARK w Rachel Flowers & Adam Clark, IDIOSYNC w Bevan Manson, ORGANTUAN feat Jimmy Calire, Mario Calire & Karl Hunter, TOM BUCKNER QUARTET, TICO TRIO w Adam Clark & Randy Tico w a new incarnation featuring drummer Matt Perko, THE BEARDED PEARL CLAMS feat Patrick Warburton, CODA, & HARLEM HOLLER TRIO w Phil Salazar & Randy Tico, to name a few. Hans was featured for the debut of 'Santa Monica Mountains',  composed for jazz guitar & chamber orchestra & written for Hans by composer/pianist Bevan Manson. HANS OTTSEN TRIO & CHANNEL ISLANDS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA debuted Gilad Heksleman's 'March Of The Sad Ones', arranged for chamber orchestra & jazz trio by Greek bassist/composer/arranger Petros Klampanis.  


    Hans has performed at venues across the U.S. and Europe. Performance venues include The Knitting Factory (NYC), NAMM, The Thousand Oaks Center for the Arts, The Mint, Chadneys, Soho, The Grape, Sessions At The Loft, and dozens of festivals & jazz venues in the US from San Francisco to Los Angeles, New York City, and in Europe. Hans has toured Denmark and Holland playing shows with drummer Don Peretz and saxophonist Sam Sadigursky. In addition to his performing life, Hans is co-producer at Filzar Studios, owned by fiddle guru Phil Salazar. There he has worked with artists such as Jim Christie, Tom Scott, Jeff Elliott, Randy Tico, Gilles Apap and others.  Hans Ottsen has recorded & released several albums such as:


mPhaka featuring Karl Hunter (sax), Hans Ottsen (guitar), Danny Connell (bass), Tyler Hammond (drums)



 NAVIGATION: Hans Ottsen Trio featuring Drew Gress & Don Peretz on Deepdig Records.



Hans Ottsen: Music For Mind Movies