'In navigating his way through the pandemic of 2020, Klampanis found his light at the end of the tunnel in his magnificent bass manifesto, Rooftop Stories.'

 Bill Milkowski

Bill Milkowski is a longtime contributor to Downbeat magazine and is also the author of “JACO: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius” (Backbeat Books)

If you would like to receive the digital booklet of 'Rooftop Stories', which contains liner notes by the acclaimed writer Bill Milkowski, as well as unreleased photos, reply 'RSbooklet'.




Released on Enja Records - available on all platforms.


‘A dazzling, multifaceted thing of beauty.’

JazzTimes (USA)

‘What comes as a beautiful surprise is the diversified approach

he utilizes in his compositions and performance.’ (USA)

'He deftly accomplishes a synthesis of disparate elements into a brilliantly organic whole.'

NYC Jazz Records (USA)

‘Klampanis has long since freed himself from the role of the mere accompanist,

pushing the music forward with the bass and shaping it harmoniously and melodically.

His fat, earthy and round bass tone helps him to do this.’


‘They create a totally new landscape, full of lyricism, romanticism and deep resonance,

mixing jazz, pop, Mediterranean and Balkan music traditions. Incredibly beautiful!’

JazzLife (Japan)

‘He didn't need the strings this time. A good trio is worth gold.’

Jazzradar (Netherlands)

‘Klampanis envisions a colorful, unreal, urban cosmos…’

JazzThing (Germany)

‘A modern-day, bass virtuoso!’ (USA/Canada)



Bassist Petros Klampanis, based both in his native Athens, Greece and also New York, has earned acclaim as “a formidable player and composer” (JazzTimes) and “a musician who has always spoken from the heart” (Downbeat). Irrationalities, his fourth outing as a leader, his second crowdfunded album (after Minor Dispute), his first ever with a trio and his first release for the storied German label Enja, speaks to his persistent reality of living across two cultures, of “being up in the air all the time,” as he describes it.


Kristjan Randalu - piano, Bodek Janke - drums & percussion, Petros Klampanis - bass, glockenspiel, voice

Produced by Petros Klampanis

Cover Design: Katerina Karali 




(Motema, 2017)

'Best Live Album' IMA awards 2018


Voted as one of the Best Albums of 2017, by DownBeat Magazine

"Chroma is an example of how creative jazz thinkers now incorporate string sections into their projects— as unique complexes of colours and textures, arrayed dynamically."

JazzTimes Magazine


(Inner Circle Music, 2015)

"This is very emotional music, where the assembled players bring all their interpretive skills to bear as they figuratively scale mountains, wrestle seas and find a place of centered calm."

New York City Records



(Inner Circle Music, 2011)

"I admit that I am always impressed when I hear a musician like Klampanis give us the gift of his creativity performed on such a timeless vessel"

Bass Musician Magazine



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"A formidable player and composer "


"Petros Klampanis is a musician who has always spoken from the heart." 

DownBeat Magazine

"Irrationalities is a dazzling,

multifaceted thing of Beauty "



"Klampanis is a Bass Ace"

Bass Player Magazine


"I admit that I am always impressed when I hear a musician like Klampanis give us the gift of his creativity performed on such a timeless vessel"

Bass Musician Magazine


"Klampanis plays solo bass with a loop pedal to create a “double bass orchestra” on “Basscope” and “Blue Cave,” which are done so masterfully that you’d think it was a full symphony"

No Treble Magazine


"Is this man the best kept

secret in Jazz Music?

iBass Magazine


"Mr. Klampanis thoughtful new album, “Minor Dispute,” incorporates chamber string arrangements and a worldly, streamlined rhythmic pulse"

New York Times


"This is very emotional music, where the assembled players bring all their interpretive skills to bear as they figuratively scale mountains, wrestle seas and find a place of centered calm."

The New York City Record



NAMED A “BASS ACE” by Bass Player Magazine, awarded bassist, composer and producer Petros Klampanis grew up in Greece, surrounded by the confluence of Mediterranean and Balkan folk music. Now based in NYC, he is curious in his approach, always seeking unique ways to integrate elements from multiple genres, ranging from classical music to pop. Klampanis’ varied musical life journey brings aggressive melodicism, beautiful intonation, and uniquely personal string writing. Klampanis has collaborated with world acclaimed artists such as Snarky Puppy, Greg Osby, Jaques Morelenbaum, Shai Maestro, Gilad Hekselman, Ari Hoenig, Jean-Michel Pilc, Antonio Sanchez. In addition to his extensive list of appearances in the US, including the storied venues of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Blue Note Jazz Club in New York and Kennedy Center in Washington DC, he has performed at the internationally acclaimed JazzAhead Festival in Bremen, XJazz Festival in Berlin, as well as Megaron Mousikis Athinon, Megaron Mousikis Thessalonikis, Onassis Foundation Performing Centre of NYC and Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre.  His 3rd album,  Chroma, released by Motema records, was awarded as the best Live album of 2017, by the Independent Music Awards and was featured in major international radio and press outlets including WBGO, FIP (French Public Radio), TSF (acclaimed radio station in France), ‘Jazz’ magazine, DownBeat and JazzTimes. Since 2011, he has recorded 4 albums as a leader, receiving praise for his playing and composing.  His debut album “Contextual” was released by Inner Circle Music a prestigious NYC based label, while his second album “Minor Dispute”,  was selected as one of the best jazz records in 2015 by NPR (National Public Radio USA). Back in his country, Greece, Klampanis’ work is highly acclaimed. His music have been performed by Greek Public Symphonic Orchestra and by MOYSA the Symphonic Youth Orchestra of Thessaloniki. He is  collaborating as producer and performer with major greek artists such as Dimitra Galani, Maria Farantouri and Marios Frangoulis. Recently his passion for new media, social media and visual arts, led to his latest independent YouTube music video project “Rooftop Stories”,  a combination of solo bass and electronic music elements, covering his favourite songs from jazz standards to indie to greek folk music. This evolved into a new experimental live act, that has been presented in NY (Rockwood MusicHall), exclusive house concerts and in the US and Greece. His 4th album 'Irrationalities' just came out by Enja/Yellowbird. It is his first trio album, featuring long time collaborators Kristjan Randalu and Bodek Janke. JazzTimes praise it as 'a dazzling, multifaceted thing of Beauty'. 'Irrationalities' was recently awarded at the 2020 Independent Music Awards, in three categories: ‘Jazz Instrumental’ & ‘Vox Pop/Jazz Instrumental’ awards  for ‘Easy Come, Easy Go’, the opening track of the album and ‘Jazz Producer’ award for Petros Klampanis' overall production of the project.


Booking Inquiries


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Inner Circle Music

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Cristal Records

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