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Johan Hoogewijs

Johan Hoogewijs studied at the Brussels film-school R.I.T.S, and started his piano-studies at the Conservatory of Leuven. Later on, he participated at several jazz-workshops at the Conservatory of Liège.

As a composer Hoogewijs is an autodidact. His styles differ as he composes for film and TV since the 80’s: pop, jazz, electronic compositions but also classical and contemporary works for orchestra. This diversity, which characterizes his music, is appreciated by producers and directors in Belgium and the Netherlands. Still, his typical musical touch is recognized by many listeners.

He created hundreds of jingles for the public Belgian network. He composed for several documentaries, short movies and highly appreciated and successful drama-series as Langs De Kade, Niet Voor Publicatie, Heterdaad, Witse, Russen, Deadline...

Apart from his work for radio, television and film, he also made music for several modern dance choreographers. (Bud Blumenthal, Michèle Noiret)

Now, Hoogewijs detaches himself from composing for television with his first piano solo album "Colouring the Keys". In contrast to his soundtracks, where he can only move within the “straitjacket” of the film, the assignment and the story, here Hoogewijs intentionally goes looking for freedom, the openness of just playing. Playing. In contrast, the storyline of a film is generally delineated and binding before its musical interpretation. This piano project is just the opposite; a meditative state of playing which immerses the listener as well in a bath of colours. The approach to and duration of each performance can vary widely.

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