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Oguz Büyükberber

Oğuz Büyükberber is a clarinetist who is mainly known for his unique language of improvisation on the bass clarinet, which uses contemporary music, Turkish music, and jazz idioms. After receiving his BA in visual arts from Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in Istanbul, he studied at Amsterdam Conservatory where he received his BA and master’s degrees. He studied with Harry Sparnaay, Ferdinand Powel, Arnold Dooyeweerd, John Ruocco and audited Theo Loevendie’s composition classes.
He has founded or co-founded many groups and projects such as: Trio Koan: A modern jazz trio that plays original compositions based on complex rhythms and a wide range of sound textures. Turqumstances: -A cross-cultural project that puts musicians from The Netherlands, Serbia, Bulgaria, Senegal and Turkey together. and Clarinets: Manifestation of Büyükberber’s passion for the clarinets. As duos and trios, together with Turkish Clarinet master Hüsnü Şenlendirici, Michael Moore, Tobias Klein, Slobodan Trkulja and Laura Carmichael, Büyükberber was exploring the possibilities of a clarinet ensemble made of musicians with very different backgrounds and orientations.
He has performed in well-respected festivals all over Europe such as Northsea Jazz Festival (The Hauge/Netherlands), Parliament Jazz festival (Izmir/Turkey), Transmediale (Berlin/Germany), London Jazz Festival (London/England), Talos Jazz (Ruvo di Puglia/Italy), Numusic (Stavanger/Norway), Traumzeit (Duisburg/Germany) and International Clarinet Festival (Austin-Texas/USA and Porto/Portugal) to name a few. He has recorded four solo CD's, participated in over 40 albums including two releases on Blue Note, and collaborated with musicians such as Butch Morris, Craig Harris, Simon Nabatov, Gerry Hemingway, Nils Wogram, Michael Moore, Ayşe Tütüncü, Erkan Oğur and many others.
Büyükberber has been working in collaboration with STEIM (Studio for Electro- Instrumental Music) in Amsterdam mainly in regards to finding new ways to use live electronics in combination with his bass clarinet playing. He is also a collaborator in the SABRe (Sensor Augmented Bass clarinet Research) directed by Matthias Müller at the ICST (Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology) in Zürich.
Büyükberber continues to infuse creativity into all the areas of his musical activity, incorporating his own visual art and video into musical performances. He composes a wide range of music both for his own projects and for ensembles such as the AXYZ Ensemble and the Spinifex Orchestra, commissioned by The Dutch Funds for the Creation of Music.
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Oğuz Büyükberber
GIBI

2012