Oli Hayhurst: Mandorla bass

Oli Hayhurst

Since moving to London from Cambridge in 1995 to study at the Royal Academy of Music, Oli Hayhurst has worked in a wide range of musical fields, playing double bass, bass guitar and guitarron. He was a founder member of The Orient House Ensemble with Gilad Atzmon with whom he recorded two albums for Enja and toured extensively in the UK and Europe. In 2006 he was featured on Zoe Rahman's Mercury nominated album, 'Melting Pot' which also won the Best Album award in the 2006 parliamentary jazz awards. With Polly Paulusma he has played all over Italy and toured Europe opening for Bob Dylan. In 2009 Sam Crockatt’s album ‘Howeird’ also won best album at the parliamentary jazz awards. In 2012 he has been touring with Pharoah Sanders and is currently also working with Julian Siegel, Kate Williams, Juliet Kelly and Respectable Groove. He has backed artists as diverse as Vanessa Mae, Bill McHenry, John Parricelli, Maria Ewing, Jim Mullen, Patrizio Buanne, Melanie C, Cara Dillon, Martin Speake, Theo Travis, Bobby Wellins, Liam Noble, Mark Lockheart, Anita Wardell, Polly Gibbons, Henry Lowther, Joe Townsend and Martin Green.

"Symmetry and poise...doesn't miss a beat" John Fordham