Carlo de Wijs

World of Hammond organ

EXPLORE THE WORLD OF HAMMOND ORGAN MUSIC, EDUCATION & RESEARCH. IT'S MY AMBITION TO GIVE THE HAMMOND A BREEDING GROUND IN USE, SOUND & TRADITION

EXPLORE THE WORLD OF HAMMOND ORGAN MUSIC, EDUCATION & RESEARCH. IT’S MY AMBITION TO GIVE THE HAMMOND A BREEDING GROUND IN USE, SOUND & INNOVATION

Hi, at the age of 7 I started to play organ and fell in love with the Hammond organ immediately at 12 when I heard a Rhoda Scott record.

After graduating from the Rotterdam Conservatory I became a professional musician and did a lot of project and concerts worldwide during the eighties and nineties.

I built my own studio in the beginning of 2000 and developed myself as a creative producer.

At the Codarts University for the Arts I worked for more than 12 years as artistic manager of the pop & jazz departments and in the meantime my personal ambition was to think about the future of the Hammond organ and align innovation besides the tradition as a natural process.

My good old Hammond B3 was customized with several new technologies, but especially the development of a true modular Hammond tonewheel based organ in 2012 in which modern digital technology and analog vintage gear interact together became reality. 

This Modular Hammond acts like a multi-user-interface and explores new sounds, new playing techniques and interactions with other art disciplines.

I’m proud to got granted by the Dutch government of Education, Culture and Science for a PhD study at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. My research is about the 'Micro dynamics of musical innovation, history and future of the Hammond organ'. 

I’m glad to have several partnerships like with Hammond Europe and other creative industry members, co-developers, education institutes and mediapartners. We have the ambition to build an international Hammond community through the HammondSongbook.com and other Hammond platforms.

New music will be published, live and studio projects appear, lectures and education content will be developed.

In a series of stories and video's I will share my New Hammond trip with you and will tell about its establishment. In other series I’ll tune in to Hammond educational topics and playing techniques.

I hope you'll be interested and invite you to join, react, contribute and be involved in all these activities. Hear from you soon! Carlo

 

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