Bio

      As a bass player, Olivier Babaz has been multiplying artistic projects and collaborations for many years. He accompanies numerous artists and take part in various bands.


      Born and raised in Paris, he started travelling at a very young age in Europe and worldwide. he lived mainly in France, Netherlands, Reunion Island and now lives in Montreal since 2010.
      Furthermore, extra european tours brought him in Indian ocean, Madagascar, in the Caribean, Haiti and in Canada. He had the opportunity to play in numerous festivals and venues (francofolies de Montreal (Canada), Sakifo Music festival (Réunion), Jazz In Marciac (France), Angeradona (madagascar), jazz a port au Prince (Haiti), Milatsika festival (mayotte), New morning (Paris)...
      From these experiences, he nurtures an artistic and musical eclectism and a great adaptative mind. 


      An early passion for Blues, Rock and traditionnal music led him naturally towards jazz, developping his improvisation skills under various forms.
      He participated in numerous albums and studio recordings. besides, he 's often called in the studio to play other instruments in addition to basses (guitars, various string instruments, percussions...)

      As an arranger and composer, he is mainly oriented towards small acoustic ensembles, cherishing organic sounds, twisted or recycled instruments, experimenting various production and recording methods. He often plays himsef a lot of different instruments on his own recordings.
      His  interrest in music for films/TV regularly lead him to take part in various studio sessions. He composed and produced music for the Fernand Phillippe Morin Vargas's film "Noeud Papillon"  that earned first prize in the short movies FFM montreal Competition in 2011.
      He cofounded Akoz duo with Violist Julie Salamagnou in 2009, exploring the unusual Viola / Double bass orchestration and assimilating their various influences and experiences in their compositions.


      Having always maintained his self taught side, He graduated from Music Academy International in Nancy and The Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood. He obtained his first prize in jazz interpretation from Conservatoire National de la Région Réunion where he also studied classical bass. He has a professionnal master in film music writing from The Université du Québec à Montréal.