Guus Janssen

Hoofdvakdocent Compositie

Guus Janssen (*1951) integrates various musical worlds in his work: the worlds of classical music and jazz, of composing and improvisation. He does not mix them into a synthesis but welds them into a montage. The pieces he has composed contain elements in which the musicians have to improvise and the improvisations in his jazz compositions are always structured. One of his most important traits is a lack of inhibition, and that protects him from falling into a routine or succumbing to tradition. Janssen’s music – both his compositions and his improvisations – is capricious, disorienting and restless.