electric clavicord and other keyboard instruments
Oscar Jan Hoogland represents the so-
Hoogland plays in a plethora of groups. They include: EKE, a trio with Yedo Gibson on reeds and Gerri Jäger on drums; a more self-
“Musicians basically play for two kinds of audiences,” Oscar Jan says: “those who know you, and those who don’t. An audience that knows your music understands the language; there’s a shared understanding. Together you take off from the history of the music so far and go on from there, commenting on it, improving it, destroying it, reinventing and repeating it. If they wanted to know more about what I do—and they don’t have to—I could tell them that I am driven by an enthusiasm to explore, to try to go as far down a certain path as you need to figure out what it’s about. And then adding some different aspect to it.
“The other great audience is the completely ignorant, innocent one. In a village in Brazil, EKE played for a young audience who’d never heard anything like it before, and they were sucked right into it.
“EKE is about creating something new, with an abstract approach to sound and interaction. I take it very seriously. The Ambush Party is about the game of instant composing, or instant songwriting. It’s also about being un-
“The trio Hoogland/Austbø/Baggiani is about loving to write little jazz tunes. Jazz to me is playing a game I learned at school that I like a lot! And playing duo with Han feels almost outside of time—like we’ve played together forever.
“I like to be a chess player among tigers. But on other days I like to be the tiger myself.”