Oğuz Büyükberber

Amsterdam based clarinetist Oğuz Büyükberber's style merges contemporary composition, jazz and influences from his Turkish background.

Oğuz Büyükberber studied bass clarinet with Harry Sparnaay at Amsterdam Conservatory and took composition lessons from Theo Loevendie.

He has performed at major festivals and venues all over the world, and collaborated with an incredibly wide range of master musicians and renown ensembles such as Butch Morris, Craig Harris, John Zorn, Gerry Hemingway, Simon Nabatov, Jim Black, Nils Wogram, Marc Sinan Company, Neue Vocalsolisten, Kairos String Quartet, Dresdner Sinfoniker, and Hüsnü Şenlendirici to name a few.

His body of work includes over 50 CDs including releases on ECM and Blue Note, a detailed method book explaining his own improvisational systems titled “Spiral” which is published on Donemus and dozens of commissions he received to compose a wide ranging repertoire.

Also holding another degree in fine arts, he incorporates his own visual art into musical performances and finds new ways to use live-electronics.

His latest ECM release White, a duo collaboration with Marc Sinan got 4 1/2 stars from the Downbeat magazine and his trio recording Live at the Bimhuis featuring Simon Nabatov and Gerry Hemingway received an honorary mention at the New York City Jazz Record.

Photo credit : Teoman Cimit - Michel Marang - Maarten Kerkhof - Eddy Westveer

I believe we can’t selectively numb emotion. So, if I am playing a happy song, there’s gonna be some sadness intertwined with it.

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