"There's a lot of blood and guts evident in Osypov's playing and in his tunes. Dark undercurrents and traces of Osypov's formative rock energy and punk anarchy turn up on I in the oddest places, which only add to its overall charm" (allaboutjazz.com)
Igor Osypov was born in Ukraine in 1988. He started playing guitar at the age of 10 and as a child was really into rock music, but at some point turned his way to jazz, and this passion still leads in his musical world. He was active on both Ukrainian and Russian jazz scenes, taking part in major jazz events there and making concert tours through Ukraine and Russia.
Igor's original compositions not only draw inspiration from the Jazz idiom, but other genres such as Classical and Rock. Igor moved to Germany in 2012, to dive into Berlin vibrant jazz scene. He has attended prestigious Jazz Institute Berlin where he was studying with a renowned jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. Among his other teachers were John Hollenbeck, Greg Cohen, Kalle Kalima, Gerard Presencer, Geoffroy De Masure, Tino Derado, Guilherme Castro and Javier Reyes. During his studying Igor has also been awarded with Deutschlandstipendium and JIB-Jazz-Preis der Karl Hofer Gesellschaft 2015 (Bondarev/Osypov Quintet). Igor's been playing concerts and taking part at festivals all over Europe both with his own band and as a sideman. He is not limited within the genres, but plays mostly jazz - although, all kinds of it.
Both his tunes and his playing tend to be really emotional and complex. The influences of highly raged musical interests made Igor's music intellectually developed but still clear for all kinds of audience.
Shortly after arriving in Berlin, Igor founded his Quintet, featuring some of his favorite musicians from all over Europe and the USA. Since it’s inception, the Quintet has performed at festivals all around Europe including the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in Denmark, Burghausen Jazz Woche, HFM Jazz Preis, Xjazz Festival and Maggie Black's Jazz Rub in Germany, Jazz nad Odra in Poland, Jazz Bez in Ukraine and Poland, Alfa Jazz Festival in Ukraine, Bergamo Jazz Festival in Italy, Jazz a Montauban in France and many others. Has worked with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Logan Richardson's SHIFT, Nasheet Waits, Tech N9ne, Josh Ginsburg, Wanja Slavin, Greg Cohen and many others. In the summer of 2014, Igor Osypov recorded his debut CD with American saxophonist Logan Richardson, which came out in the spring of 2015 on Unit Records.
In spring of 2016 the second album entitled "Dream Delivery" came out on
For-Tune. In 2018 Igor became a member of Logan Richardson's newest project "Blues People". The self-titled album came out in the same year and received critical acclaim. It was named among top three jazz albums of the year by the NY Times.
In 2019 Igor was awarded with the prestigious Elsa-Neumann grant.