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


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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.

Oli Bott performed at festivals such as Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele, Händel Festspiele Halle, 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.

His main projects are ZMEI3 (signed by six degrees records, San Francisco), his solo program and the collaboration with Anna Carewe and the Sheridan Ensemble.


"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 2008 Anna Carewe & Oli Bott - Vibraphone & Cello
since 2013 ZMEI3 - Rough Romanian Soul

2016 BBC-Recording of ZMEI3 at WOMAD Festival
2016 CD-Release "Rough Romanian Soul" by ZMEI3 on six degrees records/Indigo
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


2017 Scholarship "Jazz" by the City of Berlin, videoproduction with Anna Carewe & Oli Bott Duo
2016 Tourfond by Initiative Musik and Internationaler Kulturaustausch Berlin
ZMEI3 at WOMAD Festival
2015 Scholarships by Internationaler Kulturaustausch Berlin and the City of Berlin
Buenos Aires Tour, concerts and CD production with Vibratanghissimo
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