Omid Shayan is a Tenor Saxophonist based in the inner-north of Melbourne, Australia. He began playing piano aged eight before moving to saxophone and clarinet at 14. He auditioned and was accepted into the Bachelor of Music program at NMIT (Now Melbourne Polytechnic) in 2008, where he studied saxophone under the tutelage of Melbourne greats such as Julien Wilson, Tony Hicks, Bruce Sandell and Carlo Barbaro.
Omid currently leads the jazz ensemble SHAYAN, a quintet that incorporates contemporary jazz with elements of Iranian folk music and funk. He is also a member of the soul outfit The OffTopix, 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 that rehearses weekly and plays classic big band music as well as contemporary original compositions. In this role he composes, arranges and conducts the band.
In 2014, Omid won first prize in the Darebin Music Festival Composition Competition with his big band piece Ahange Gus.
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