"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)
Guitarist and composer Igor Osypov with his crunchy, slightly distorted sound has become one of the distinct voices in jazz as well as indie-rock and fusion. His playing with “blood and guts” brings a “fresh and complete concept” (allaboutjazz.com) to concert stages and jazz clubs all over the world. One of the albums that he has worked on as a part of Logan Richardson’s project “Blues People” has been listed under the top 3 jazz albums of 2018 by the New York Times.
“A secret weapon from Ukraine” (Jazz Times), Igor earned his recognition by touring internationally and also recording with some of the greatest artists. Among those are Logan Richardson (both of his latest projects SHIFT and Blues People), Kurt Rosenwinkel, Nasheet Waits, Tech N9ne, Josh Ginsburg, Wanja Slavin, Diego Pinera, Elias Stemeseder and others. All while developing his own band, and recording his debut (“I”, Unit Records, 2015) and sophomore (“Dream Delivery”, For-Tune, 2016) albums.
Both as a sideman and a band leader Igor took part in a number of major jazz festivals and events around the globe such as NPR Tiny Desk, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Montreaux Jazz Festival and others. He won awards in many different contests in Europe such as Montauban Jazz, Smietana jazz guitar competition and Jazz nad Odra.
Igor has been developing his own unique multilayered style of playing whilst studying at the Jazz Institute Berlin with renowned musicians such as Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Hollenbeck, Greg Cohen, Gerard Presencer, Tino Derado, Wolfgang Köhler, Jörg Achim Keller and others. During his studying Igor was awarded with Deutschlandstipendium and JIB-Jazz-Preis der Karl Hofer Gesellschaft 2015. Shortly after his graduation as a Master of composition in 2019 Igor was granted the scholarship Elsa-Neumann Stipendium. In 2020, Igor is working simultaneously on two interconnected projects, both of which deal with the concept of Motherland in different ways