Linda May Han Oh is a bassist, double bassist and composer. Born in Malaysia, raised in Perth, Western Australia, Linda began playing piano, clarinet and bassoon, and age fifteen dabbles in electric bass. In the WA Academy of Performance Arts chooses double bass and graduates with first-class honours. Her thesis is on the classical Indian rhythms in Dave Holland’s solos. In 2008 she completes her Masters in the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Jay Anderson, John Riley, Phil Markowitz, Dave Liebman and Rodney Jones.. In 2009 she releases her debut album Entry
. The following years Oh gigs restlessly, leading her own bands and appearing in others. She plays in albums of Jon Irabagon, Thomas Barber, Sarah Manning, Bastian Weinhold and begins her longstanding collaboration with Dave Douglas and Fabian Almazan. In 2012 her second album, Initial Here
, is released, followed by Sun Pictures
(2013) and Walk Against Wind
She lives and works in New York. In the last 10 years Linda May Han Oh has become one of the most established and sought after bassists of her generation. She is a part of Pat Metheny Quartet, and has also played in the bands of Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano. Besides recording and touring, Oh teaches in the Manhattan School of Music and presents series of masterclasses and courses around USA. She also composes for film and various ensembles.
Linda May Han Oh is a recipient of many awards, some of which for her latest album, which came out just a few months ago. Wallstreet Journal writes about her, “Her innovative range and stellar improvisations have made Ms. Oh one of the most dynamic rising stars in jazz today”. In Plovdiv she arrives with her quartet.
This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.