Omid Shayan is a tenor saxophonist, composer and teacher, from Melbourne, Australia. Omid grew up listening to a diverse range of music with influences ranging from Iranian folk, jazz, pop and classical music, all of which influence the music he plays and writes today. He began playing piano aged six before moving to saxophone and clarinet at 14.
Omid has undergraduate degrees in Music, Commerce and Information Systems. In 2004 he graduated from Melbourne University with a double degree (Comerce Information Systems) and in 2012 he graduated from NMIT (now Melbourne Polytechnic) with a Bachelor of Music. At NMIT Omid studied saxophone under the tutelage of Melbourne greats such as Julien Wilson, Tony Hicks, Bruce Sandell and Carlo Barbaro.
Omid is involved in numerous musical projects. He leads two groups, the jazz quartet "SHAYAN" and the trio "SnaJ". He is a member of the soul outfit "The OffTopics", "Admiral Kenealy's Bone Patrol" and French-inspired folk band "The Walter Boys".
Since 2013, Omid has been the Musical Director of The Krysalis Project, a community run big-band of over twenty members of all ages that rehearses weekly and plays a wide range of music; from classic big-band to contemporary original compositions. In this role Omid composes, arranges and conducts the band.
In 2014, Omid won first prize in the Victoria-wide Darebin Music Festival Composition Competition with his big-band piece Ahange Gus. The prize money allowed him to record, mix and master his debut EP.
Omid has been involved in music education for over fifteen years. He has taught individuals and groups of all ages and abilities. Omid currently teaches clarinet, saxophone, piano and flute at Merri Creek Primary School as well as teaching privately in his studio in Preston, Victoria.
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