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 is “an expert in the art of musical transfiguration” with a unique ability to re-imagine familiar melodies so that they are “truly born anew” (Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz.com). Eric’s latest album, Dyad Plays Jazz Arias (Ringwood Records), features veteran jazz master Randy Brecker on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Grammy award winner Ted Nash on tenor saxophone. The album has garnered critical acclaim: “I am impressed in particular with Olsen’s pianistic abilities, as he plays head turning solos” (Robert Rusch, Cadence Magazine).  Eric’s album Sea Changes (Blujazz) with the Eric Olsen ReVision Quartet (featuring saxophonist Don Braden) was rated “Best Jazz Arrangements of 2015” by Jazz Times magazine. Travis Rogers called Sea Changes “a stunning rainbow bridge between the worlds of Classical and Jazz”.  Eric’s album Dyad Plays Puccini (Ringwood Records) was rated one of the top 50 Jazz CD’s of 2013 by Jazz Times, and was praised as “perhaps the most amazing transformation of cultural enlightenment in the last quarter century” (Brent Black, CriticalJazz.com).  Eric accompanied operatic bass Kevin Maynor on the Grammy nominated album The Black Art Song of 2000.  Eric has performed at jazz festivals and with symphony orchestras worldwide.  He is Music Director and Organist at Union Congregational Church in Montclair, and a faculty member at Montclair State University and the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts in Berkeley Heights, 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.