Hailing from Argentina, Osvaldo Humberto Antonio "Oz" Chiri is quickly making a global name for himself. He already has a load of accomplishments under his belt, including endorsements from Voodoo Lab, Coffin Case, D'Andrea USA, Steve Clayton, Sit Strings, Big Bends, In Tune GP, and Pigtronix. And in 2009, Oz became the first musician from Argentina who would headline at the famous Whisky a Go Go with an American band. As success continues to follow this genuinely versatile and talented guitarist, Oz is sharing his love of music with the masses in the United States and beyond.
Born on September 16, 1973, Oz Chiri recalls having a passion for music from as far back as his early childhood. When he was 12 years old, his grandmother, Amalia Guillermina Aurora Iraola de Diaz, who was a piano and guitar teacher, taught him everything he wanted to know about music, allowing his talent to flourish. Oz spent years perfecting his craft, learning everything he could about guitar theory before playing live in hard rock bands in the Argentinian underground music scene. During this time, he also spent 6 years studying music at an Argentinian music conservatory, but when it came for his final exam, he realized, “I never really cared about degrees,” and instead focused on producing more music.
Oz’s band, Angeles & Demonios (Angels & Demons), released Born in Caseros in 1995. His band garnered a high level of success in Argentina with their recordings and by playing live in many venues throughout Buenos Aires during the ‘90s. In 1997, Oz released a solo album titled Classical Guitar Melodies. But Oz decided that he needed to take his musical career a giant leap forward, and so he moved to Hollywood, California, where he worked as a hired musician on several projects and was also able to start up another project, Solve and Coagula, described as a mix of medieval rhythms with hard rock instrumentation. Between 2002-2006, Solve and Coagula also recorded several demos and EP’s and their music was played on radio stations in Europe.
In 2009, Oz formed the band Blue Embrace, which is still going strong. Mixing modern metal with the experimental hard rock of the 1970s, Blue Embrace has found success in the United States, playing with bands including Korn, the Black Eyed Peas, Shiny Toy Guns, Story of the Year, Uriah Heap, and Mötley Crüe. Releases include Bleeding Blue (2009) and Fenix (2010).
Oz Chiri is currently keeping very busy, recording new music with Blue Embrace while also working on a new solo release and getting ready to promote it. More shows are also definitely on the horizon. It is clear that Oz is not stopping anytime soon. He wants to bring his unique style to every city in America, and the world.