oğuz büyükberber

clarinetist, composer

Virtuosity, creativity, courage, experiment, questioning…  In short, Oğuz Büyükberber’s solo album “are” combines all the ingredients that make a piece of work totally unique!

Okan Aydın / Cazkolik  

Having multiple personalities in one body suits and enriches Oğuz. He not only expresses himself, but creates space for his colleagues to express themselves. A passionate quest which accompanies the wisdom of knowing the impossibility of “finding it”, with a background scenery of infinity from a Tarkowsky movie…

Murat Beşer / Milliyet

Playing his own works and improvising on both clarinet and bass clarinet, this Turkish musician has a huge imagination, broad tonal palette, and dazzling technique.

Michael Webster / Clarinet Cache

Making wonderful full colour paintings on the canvas of silence with his bass clarinet, Büyükberber provokes his audiences imagination.

Serhan Yediğ / Hürriyet


oğuz büyükberber

Turkish born 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, and audited Theo Loevendie’s composition classes at Amsterdam Conservatory.

He has performed in major festivals all over Europe such as North Sea, Traumzeit, Akbank and London Jazz Festivals, recorded seven CD's and participated in over 40 album productions including appearances on Blue Note and ECM. He has worked with Lawrence Butch Morris, Craig Harris, John Zorn, Gerry Hemingway, Simon Nabatov, Jim Black, Nils Wogram, Claudio Puntin, Guus Janssen, Anne LaBerge, Michael Moore, Hüsnü Şenlendirici, Erkan Oğur and Ayşe Tütüncü to name a few. Now living in Amsterdam Oğuz Büyükberber collaborates with a pool of international musicians including Tobias Klein, Marc Sinan, Oene van Geel, Ned McGowan, Laura Carmichael, Sophie Hassfurther and many others. 

Always seeking for structure and new forms even when letting go in high energy free improvisation, Büyükberber composes a wide range of music both for his own projects and other commissions including pieces for Dresdner Sinfoniker, Kairos String Quartet, David Kweksilber Big Band, Axes Ensemble, Spinifex Orchestra and Duo X. Also holding another dgree in fine arts, he incorporates his own visual art into musical performances and finds new ways to use live-electronics.

In 2012 he was a given a "Carte Blanche" from the "Bimhuis" in Amsterdam; in 2011 he was named a Selmer Artist.




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