Oli Bott studied vibraphone and
composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston with
teachers such as Gary Burton and Bob Brookmeyer. He graduated
"summa cum laude".
Since then he works as a freelance vibraphonist and composer
in Berlin. He received several scholarships by the city of
Berlin and composition commissions for his own jazz orchestra.
Many of his concerts throughout Europe were recorded by TV
and radio. He obtained awards at various international competitions
such as the "NDR-Musikpreis" for bigband conductors,
the 1st prize at the Improvisation Competition in Leipzig,
the Europ Jazz Contest and the Wayne Shorter Award, USA.
His own projects are the "Oli Bott String Orchestra"
(guitar, vibraphone and string quartet), "Vibratanghissimo"
(Tango-meets-Jazz-Quartet from Berlin) and the "Thomas
Wallisch & Oli Bott Duo". He takes part as vibraphonist
and composer in all projects.
Festivals: Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, Komische Oper
Berlin, WDR Jazz Festival Cologne, Jazz Across the Border
Festival Berlin, Botanic Garden Berlin, Jazzfest Delmenhorst,
Brandenburger Musiksommer, German Embassy Lissabon, European
Festival Izmir, Calcutta Jazz Festival, Jazzdays Ilmenau,
International Jazzfestival Hamm, Jazznight Meppen, Jazzfall
Burghausen, Jazzsummer Augsburg, Jazzfestival Würzburg
"Music with unmistakable character – vibraphonist
Oli Bott is top-of-the-range." Jazzpodium
"The rising star at the Berlin jazz sky." Berliner
"A maniac with four sticks, who hits the bars so fast,
that he is almost invisible which carries his audience away
to extraordinary enthusiasm." Der Tagesspiegel
"His writing is on a level of the best students that
Berklee has produced over the years, and I foresee that he
will have a successful career as both writer and player."
Gary Burton about Oli Bott