AbouT ME (press release)
Carlo de Wijs is a Dutch musician, composer and producer. As Hammond organ player he was one of the people who witnessed the revival of the Hammond organ in the early nineties up close. He toured internationally with his own projects such as D’WYS & the Voices of Soul, Swing Support and KeyJay ánd with the bands of others like Benjamin Herman, Lucas van Merwijk, Candy Dulfer, Steve Lukather and Gary Brooker. He distinguished himself from other Hammond players by always finding surprising and artistic collaborations and use of composition, colour and playing techniques for his instrument and its sound. His B3 instrument is always evolving through interaction with analog and digital technology: whether this concerns instrument modifications or experiments with Moog- and modular synthesizers and peripherals or Ableton Live and MAX software.
Carlo found a new role and challenge as the artistic manager of the pop and jazz department at Codarts (University of the Arts in Rotterdam) where he focused on leading a team of teachers and working on developing and innovating the way of teaching. Art education led to research as the next step in his career. Together music, education and research means the integration of the approach and vision of his ambition to give the Hammond organ a breeding ground in use of the instrument, sound and tradition to perpetuate the revival and popularity of the instrument. By doing this he simultaneously aims to consolidate the professional education of a new generation of Hammond talents and users into a contemporary context. This brings us to his current PhD research: The micro dynamics of musical innovation: history and the future of the Hammond organ.