ABOUT

Dave Ostrowski
~Composer from Saratoga Springs, NY
~Bassist for HellCat Maggie

Featured audio is a brand new piece for string orchestra entitled "Light of Winter". I wrote this for the 2018 Winter solstice. Enjoy!

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I’ve been a bassist for over 40 years. I play with passion and conviction, and have been a solid and reliable asset to every group I've had the pleasure to work with. I can be a freight train, smooth as glass, or anything in between

I’m an ensemble player, and see my role as the guy who glues the whole thing together. I have great chops at my disposal, but am happiest just being the right kind of solid. In the past 7 years, I went from a long stint in a classic prog tribute act, to a Country/Elvis band, to a modern/classic pop band - very different genres, but the same attention to detail; same acute awareness of the individual players, and the same rock solid oneness with the drummer.

I'm presently playing bass with the high energy Celtic rock band "HellCat Maggie" - covering bands like Flogging Molly, The Real McKenzies, and The Young Dubliners. We also work up rock arrangements of traditional jigs, reels, and popular Celtic favorites, and are working on a slew of original material. We play in and around the Capital District, and our gig schedule can be found on our page:
s://./HellcatMaggieNY

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I have a bachelors degree in music composition from Berklee, an inventive writing and interpretive style, a great ear, a killer sound, and I sing well. I read, write, arrange, transcribe, and am a quick learn. I double on acoustic guitar and mandolin, have been in a couple impressive female fronted acoustic duets, and am open to something like that as well. I have a pro rig, and reliable transportation.

Screen name:
Dave Ostrowski
Member since:
Mar 10 2012
Active within 2 weeks
Level of commitment:
Touring
Years playing music:
40
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
4-5 nights a week

Influences

Mostly influenced by 70’s and 80’s pop/rock/prog - everything from Yes to Zeppelin, Heart to Van Halen, Indigo Girls to Zappa, Kate Bush to King Crimson. Influential bassists include Tony Levin, Chris Squire, John Paul Jones, Mike Rutherford, Michael Anthony, John Giblin, Geddy Lee, Tom Hamilton, and Eberhard Weber. Most influential composers include Mahler, Bach, Stravinsky, Beethoven, Shostakovitch, Copeland, Vaughn Williams, Adams, and Rachmaninoff.

Instrument experience:

Bass Guitar:
Expert
Acoustic Guitar:
Advanced
Background Singer:
Advanced
Mandolin:
Moderate

EQUIPMENT

Yamaha BB1600
Line 6 Bass Pod XT Pro/FBV Shortboard MKII
Crown XLS 1500
Carvin LS1503 3-way main
Bugera Ultrabass BXD15 1000W combo
Alvarez MD95 acoustic guitar
Michael Kelly Legacy Dragonfly mandolin
Zoom A3 ~ acoustic modeller/effects processor

MUSIC