oguz büyükberber


Only few times you ́ll hear a musician playing his music and his instrument in a way that you think;"wow what is this?" This happens when you listen to Oğuz Büyükberber.When he is playing his bass clarinet, you ́ll be taken by surprise, and you want to hear more.

A super talent!

Harry Sparnaay from the liner notes of Oğuz Büyükberber solo CD “ara”

“The pair’s highly expressive phrases diverge, but periodically arrives at a striking juncture, either by chance or design their every note and gesture a sonic delicacy.”

Martin Langley / Downbeat Magazine From his ****1/2 review of the ECM Records CD “White” by Marc Sinan and Oğuz Büyükberber

"Büyükberber and Klein are adept at holding the compositions together even as they push the limits beyond formal constructs. The musicianship is first rate..."

Karl Ackermann / Allaboutjazz About the CD Reverse Camouflage by Oğuz Büyükberber Tobias Klein Duo

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 about Oğuz Büyükberber’s solo concert at International Clairnet Festival in Porto 2009

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 About the Karnatic Records Cd Koan


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 at Amsterdam Conservatory and took composition lessons from Theo Loevendie .

He has performed in major festivals all over Europe such as North Sea, Traumzeit, Akbank and London Jazz Festivals, recorded over 50 CD’s including 15 of his own projects and collaborated 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. Now living in Amsterdam Oğuz Büyükberber collaborates with a pool of international musicians and composes a wide range of music both for his own projects and other commissions. Also holding another dgree in fine arts, he incorporates his own visual art into musical performances and finds new ways to use live-electronics.

His book “Spiral- A personal approach for generating pitch content for improvisation/composition” is published by Donemus in 2019.

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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selected discography


NOT Trio Ned McGowan, Oguz Buyukberber, Tolga Tuzun Swamped Lin Records 2018

Marc Sinan Oğuz Büyükberber duo White ECM 2018

Oğuz Büyükberber as “Ox Barber” Thought it was a party! Bilgi Müzik Label 2018

Oğuz Büyükberber Quintet Off Monk Kabak & Lin 2017

Vassiliki & Aliki The Chelys Songs Ada Müzik 2017

Oğuz Büyükberber Simon Nabatov Wobbly Strata Trytone 2016

Oene Van Geel Sudoku Zennes 2016

Oğuz Büyükberber Tobias Klein Reverse Camouflage Trytone 2015

Büyükberber, Nabatov, Hemingway Live at The Bimhuis Trytone 2014

Balkan Clarinet Summit Many Languages - one soul Piranha 2014

Marc Sinan Hasretim ECM 2013

NOT Trio: Ned McGowan, Oguz Buyukberber, Tolga Tuzun Injured Müzik hayvanı 2013

Oğuz Büyükberber Trio Gibi Trytone 2012

Emanuele Raymondi Buyukberber Moods Zerkilled 2012

Oğuz Büyükberber 4 Lin records 2011

Melting Pot Free Improvised Music from Istanbul WIRE Magazine Subscriber Special 2010

Tolga Tüzün Periphery AK Müzik 2009

Hassfurther, Büyükberber, Enzlberger, Reisinger Orient Express Extraplette 2010

AXYZ Ensemble Medcezir Karnatic Lab Records 2009

DBO Dirk Bruinsma, Bjornar Habbestad, Oğuz Büyükberber Rooms +3DB Records 2009

Oğuz Büyükberber ara AK Müzik 2009

Ayse Tutuncu Piano Percussion Yedi Yer, Yedi Gök Band Blue Note Records 2008

Office R Recording the Grain +3DB Records 2008

Koan Trio Oğuz Büyükberber, Valdi Koli, Uli Genenger Koan Karnatic Lab Records 2006

Office R Mundane occurrences and Presentations Lampse 2006

Ayse Tutuncu Trio Ayşe Tütüncü, Oğuz Büyükberber, Yahya Dai Panayir Blue Note 2005

Oguz Buyukberber Quintet Canlı Ada Muzik 2002

Oguz Buyukberber Velvele Ada Muzik 2001

Oguz Buyukberber & Caglayan Yildiz a z Ada Muzik 1998

Bosphorus Balkan Dreams MBI Greece 1996 / Ada Muzik 1999

Craig Harris & The Nation of Imagination Istanbul Doublemoon Records1997