AbouT ME (press release)
Carlo de Wijs Hammond B3 wizard, composer, band leader and one of Europe’s top Hammond musicians leads the illustrious Hammond organ in a new role, completely ‘customized’ and with a new sound into the 21st century.
Carlo toured internationally and performed with well known artists as Candy Dulfer, Steve Lukather (TOTO), Gary Brooker (Procol Harum), Rhoda Scott, Benjamin Herman and the Grammy Award winning Metropole Orchestra.
Carlo embodies the new approach of the ultimate 20th century vintage instrument, the Hammond organ. With his special built Modular Hammonds he is creating a new Hammond sound; an ultimate symbiosis between analogue and digital technologies.
He distinguishes himself from others by always finding surprising and artistic collaborations and use of original composition, colour and playing skills with bare hands & feet for his instrument and its sound.
Artistically Carlo finds his inspiration in the works of organists like Eddy Louiss and Jimmy Smith to Joe Zawinul's Weather Report, but also other creative producers such as Flying Lotus and Radiohead. Quincy Jones as the overall great inspiration.
SOUND IS EVERYTHING
Most important for Carlo as a creative producer is developing and creating his New Hammond Sound. “My Hammond B3 has been uniquely customized in such a way that makes it possible to mix real time audio editing with a traditional analogue organ sound. It is still a Hammond, but different! The Moog bass sound is operated by my feet via a velocity sensitive midi pedal. It’s my desire to create a new 21st century Hammond sound where the traditional Hammond sound is integrated and as such rings through in a non traditional Hammond repertoire with strong melodies and full of beautiful harmonies.”
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 the next step in his career: research. Together music, education and research mean 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 wants to consolidate the professional education of the new generation of talents and users of the Hammond organ into the contemporary context. This brings us to his current PhD research: The micro dynamics of musical innovation: history and the future of the Hammond organ.