Oli Bott: Jazz from Berlin Jazz & World & Classical Vibraphone, Composition

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Brief info:

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.
Since 2016 recording artist for Six Degrees Records (San Francisco).


Festivals: WOMAD, Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Brandenburgische Sommerkonzerte, WDR Jazz Festival Köln, Musikfest Goslar, Musikfest Stuttgart, Palatia Jazzfestival, Komische Oper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Jazz Across the Border Festival Berlin, Jazzfest Delmenhorst, Brandenburger Musiksommer, Deutsche Botschaft Lissabon, Europäisches Festival Izmir, Kalkutta Jazz Festival, Jazztage Ilmenau, Internationales Jazzfest Hamm, Jazznacht Meppen, Jazzherbst Burghausen, Jazzsommer Augsburg, Jazzfestival Würzburg, Music ´n´ Migration
Concert tours since 1997 throughout Europe; since 2004 worldwide touring for the Goethe-Institut.

Press - reviews:

"Music with unmistakable character – vibraphonist Oli Bott is top-of-the-range." Jazzpodium
"Brilliant!" Kulturradio
"The rising star at the Berlin jazz sky." Berliner Morgenpost
"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


since 1996 Oli Bott Orchestra - Berlin
since 1997 Thomas Wallisch & Oli Bott Duo - Art of Duo
since 2003 Vibratanghissimo - Tango Jazz and beyond...
since 2008 Anna Carewe & Oli Bott - Vibraphone & Cello
since 2013 Zmei3 - Rough Romanian Soul

Co-operations with musicians such as Nguyên Lê, Christof Lauer, Bill Elgart, George Garzone, Laura Andel, Luciana Souza, Rudi Mahall, John Schröder, Frank Möbus, Gebhard Ullmann, Wolfgang Haffner, Rolf Römer and with orchestras such as the NDR Big Band in Hamburg, the RIAS Big Band in Berlin and the Greg Hopkins Jazz Orchestra in Boston.

2016 CD-Release "Rough Romanian Soul" by Zmei3 on Six Degrees Records
2015 CD-Release "Voyage à Buenos Aires" by Vibratanghissimo on big-tone-records
2014 Radio recording Vibratanghissimo live at Nikolaisaal Potsdam, Deutschlandradio
2011 CD-Release "Ciudades... Berlin" by Vibratanghissimo on big-tone-records
2009 RBB-Production "Birth" with the Oli Bott String Orchestra
2006 CD-Release "Astor" by Vibratanghissimo on big-tone-records
2005 CD-Release "Inside Out" by the Thomas Wallisch & Oli Bott Duo on big-tone-records
2003 Radio recording of the Oli Bott Orchestra "Dialogues on Identity", SFB Berlin
2001 CD-Release "Unknown Beauty" by the Thomas Wallisch & Oli Bott Duo on big-tone-records
2001 TV recording of the Oli Bott - Bertrand Lauer Band at the WDR Jazz Festival
2001 Composition commission for the Oli Bott Orchestra, "Jazz Across the Border" Festival, Berlin
2000 Concertseries "Die Cirkulatur des Quadrats" by the Oli Bott Orchestra, Music and Dance
1999 Monthly concerts with the Laura Andel & Oli Bott Orchestra in Berlin


2011 Europaen Musikauthors-Scholarship (EMAS), GEMA for LowerB & Oli Bott Quartett
2007 Composition Commission by the city of Berlin for "Birth", Oli Bott String Orchestra
2005 Studioprize "Jazz" by the city of Berlin for Vibratanghissimo
2001 Composition Commission by the city of Berlin for "Dialogues on Identity", Oli Bott Orchestra
2000 1. prize at the 4. Leipzig Improvisation Competition, Vibraphone Solo
2000 Special prize "Jazz" at the 4. Leipzig Improvisation Competition, Vibraphone Solo
1998 NDR-Musikpreis, 3. prize, bigband conductors
1998 Compositionprize of the HR-Big Band, final round with "Dance Your Life"
1998 3. prize prize Europ´Jazz Competition, Belgium for the Oli Bott - Bertrand Lauer Band
1998 2. prize "Jazz à Vannes" Competition, France for the Oli Bott - Bertrand Lauer Band
1998 2. prize AS.PRO.JAZZ Competition, France for the Oli Bott - Bertrand Lauer Band
1997 1. prize Big Band Competition "Blechschaden" for "Two Pictures“
1996 BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, New York, USA, advanced class
1996 "Wayne Shorter - Award", Berklee College of Music, Boston, USA
1993 Berklee Scholarship received from Gary Burton


1995/96 Berklee College of Music, Boston, U.S.A.
Instructions by: Gary Burton, John LaPorta, Greg Hopkins, Phil Wilson, Hal Crook,
Bob Brookmeyer
1996 Diploma of Jazz Composition (summa cum laude)



OliBott - Solo sw
Photo: Wolfgang Vogt

OliBott - Solo
Photo: Miroe