PETROS KLAMPANIS | IRRATIONALITIES
Releasing October 18th, 2019 on Enja Records, available on all platforms.
‘A dazzling, multifaceted thing of beauty.’
‘What comes as a beautiful surprise is the diversified approach
he utilizes in his compositions and performance.’
'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!’
‘He didn't need the strings this time. A good trio is worth gold.’
‘Klampanis envisions a colorful, unreal, urban cosmos…’
‘A modern-day, bass virtuoso!’
PETROS KLAMPANIS MUSES ON LIFE IN TWO CITIES, TWO CONTINENTS, AND THE IRRATIONALITIES IN BETWEEN,
ON HIS FOURTH ALBUM
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
Recorded at Sierra Studios Athens, GR
Mixed at Shelter Island studios, NYC
Recording Engineer: Giorgos Kariotis
Mixing Engineer: James Farber
Mastering Engineer: Nate Wood
Produced by Petros Klampanis
Cover Design: Katerina Karali
Project Management: Rachel Silton
Consulting: Eugenia Bozou
"A formidable player and composer "
"Petros Klampanis is a musician who has always spoken from the heart."
"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?
"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 composer and bassist 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'.
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