Peter Olsen - Guitarist, Composer, Producer

A self taught guitarist Peter has fronted bands playing his original music since the age of 16.  He has composed and played guitar in various acoustic and electric ensembles.  Past efforts include his world fusion duo Advaita with Dan Johnson, collaboration and support with Prasanna Thokchom, Saida Fikri and Ustad Shabbir Nisar.  Podd represents the apex of Peters guitar and compositional style. Peter has two other CD releases:  Arcadia with Eric Olsen, 2010, and The Portal in 2011.  His production company website Holus Bolus Productions can be found at www.holusbolusproductions.com.

Dejan Dejkoski - Drums & Percussion

Dejan comes from a musical family steeped in the rhythms of his homeland Macedonia.  His father, a professional musician, exposed him at an early age to the drums.  Dejan played drums with multiple outfits growing up until he moved to the USA to pursue a career in music.  His interests know no boundaries with Podd representing his current state.

Eric Olsen - Keyboards

Eric Olsen has crafted a distinguished career in both jazz and classical music, as a pianist and composer, harpsichordist, synthesist, organist, conductor, and accompanist.  He has recorded twenty albums to great critical acclaim, with artists Randy Brecker, Ted Nash, George Garzone, Don Braden, Ratzo Harris, Tim Horner, Peter Olsen, Bucky Pizzarelli, Lou Caimano, Jan Carden, Kevin Maynor, and Larry Newcomb, and performed with jazz luminaries Billy Hart and Eliot Zigmund. He has appeared in concert from Carnegie Hall to Birdland, with orchestra in Taiwan, throughout the United States, and overseas in France, Germany, India, the Fiji Islands, and New Zealand.  He teaches at Montclair State University and the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts, and is Director of Music and Organist at Union Congregational Church in Montclair, NJ.  More information is available at www.ericolsenmusic.com and www.dyadplays.com.

Takashi Otsuka - Bass guitar

Takashi studied composition and arranging with Herb Pomeroy, Bob Freedman, Ken Pullig, and improvisation theory with Gary Burton at Berklee College of Music.  He studied bass with Lincoln Goines, Jay Anderson, David Finck and Louis Kozma.  Takashi has performed with various artists such as Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Seiji Ozawa; The Boys Choir of Harlem; Ben E. King; Swing Express under the direction of Bill Conway; Composer's Workshop Big Band under the direction of Mike Treni; Latin Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Victor Rendon; Don Sebesky; Bob Mintzer; Charles McPherson; Marion Meadows; Lew Solof; Ted Curson; Claudio Roditi; Jon Faddis; Norman Simmons; Andy Bey; Larry Coryell; Vic Juris; John Hart; Bob Devos; Ron Affif; Pete Levin; Jack Walrath; Billy Hart; Eliot Zigmund and many more.  Takashi worked as a bass instructor for four years at Professional Music studios, Inc. and has been teaching privately for the last ten years.