Büyükberber, Oğuz

Turkish born Amsterdam based clarinetist, improviser/composer Oğuz Büyükberber's work stands on the crossroads of contemporary composition, improvisation, Turkish music, and jazz. He studied bass clarinet with Harry Sparnaay at Amsterdam Conservatory and took composition lessons from Theo Loevendie.
He has performed in major festivals all over Europe and collaborated with with Butch Morris, Craig Harris, John Zorn, Gerry Hemingway, Simon Nabatov, Jim Black, Nils Wogram, Claudio Puntin, Armand Angster and Hüsnü Şenlendirici to name a few. His compositions and improvisations can be heard on over 50 CD’s including releases on ECM and Blue Note.
As a composer, Büyükberber received commissions from Dresdner Simfoniker, Kairos string Quartet, Axys Ensemble, Spinifex Orchestra, DuoX, Shacke, Istanbul Clarinet Choir, Basklarinetfestijn and a Carte Blanche from Bimhuis. He also wrote a large repertoire of partly composed improvisational structures for his own groups.
Also holding another degree in fine arts, he incorporates his own visual art into musical performances and finds new ways to use live-electronics.