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. Βefore he emerged in the NYC jazz scene, he studied classical and jazz music in Athens, Amsterdam and New York. Now based in NYC, he is curious in his approach, always seeking unique ways to intergrade 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.
Mr. Klampanis thoughtful new album, “Minor Dispute,” masterfully incorpo- rates chamber string arrangements and a worldly, streamlined rhythmic pulse.
New York Times
With each successive disc PK has developed an increasingly personal voice.
Is this man the best kept secret in Jazz Music?
This is very emotional music, where the assembled players bring all their interpretive skills to bear as they gu-ratively scale mountains, wrestle seas and a place of centered calm.
The New York City Jazz Record
Klampanis has collaborated with world acclaimed artists such as Snarky Puppy, Greg Osby, Jaques Morelenbaum, Ari Hoenig, Jean-Michel Pilc, Antonio Sanchez, Shai Maestro. 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 Mario Frangoulis. Also as an in-demand educator, Klampanis has given workshops internationally and serves as a guest lecturer at Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio and the Ionian Academy of Music in Greece.
In addition to his extensive list of appearances in the US, including the storied venues of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Blue Note Jazz Club in New York and Kennedy Center in Washington DC, he has performed at the internationally acclaimed Jazzahead! in Bremen, XJAZZ Festival in Berlin, as well as Athens Concert Hall, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Onassis Cultural Centre NY and Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre. It’s worth mentioning his latest concerts in Quebec Canada including Rimouski Jazz Festival and Palais Montcalm, as well as his tour in Japan.
Petros Klampanis Trio
Petros Klampanis bass
Kristjan Randalu piano
Bodek Janke drums
Petros Klampanis Group
Petros Klampanis bass
Shai Maestro piano
Gilad Hekselman guitar
John Hadfield drums
Petros Klampanis Solo
Recently his passion for new media and visual arts, led to his latest independent YouTube music video project, entitled “Rooftop Stories”, a combination of solo bass and electronic music elements, covering his favourite songs from jazz standards and indie to greek folk music. This evolved into a new experimental live act, that has been presented in NY (Rockwood Music Hall), exclusive house concerts in the US and Greece.
- Chroma Petros Klampanis 7:59
- Minor Dispute Petros Klampanis 7:45
- Monkey Business Petros Klampanis 8:13