2016 – present
AM.OK is a modern orchestra specialised in ‘Contemporary Jazz’ music. Its relationship to Modern Jazz and the hybridity that has come to characterise it, means that AM.OK not only draws from the Western Classical Musical Tradition and various forms of jazz. It is also coloured by the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic conception of South-African, Latin-American, Turkish and Indian Musics. As such, AM.OK will feature guest artists, specialising in these musics, acting as space in which these diverse musical colours can be brought into the European art scene.
AM.OK was born at the graduation concert of one of my best friends Tijn Wybenga at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in September 2016. The resulting performance earned him a 9.5, which encouraged Wybenga to officially announce the formation of the ensemble.