Born: July 15, 1981 Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic
Described by JazzTimes as a “formidable bassist and composer,” Petros Klampanis grew up on the Greek island of Zakynthos, surrounded by the confluence of Mediterranean and Balkan folk music. To pursue his musical passions, he dropped out of the Polytechnic School in Athens and in 2005 he began his double bass performance studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory. In 2008, he completed his formal studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music in New York.
Since his relocation to New York City, Klampanis has performed alongside some of the city’s renowned jazz musicians, including saxophonist Greg Osby, pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, and drummer Ari Hoenig. In addition to his extensive list of appearances in USA, including the storied venues of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York and Kennedy Center in Washington DC, he has performed at the internationally acclaimed North Sea Jazz Festival and the Palatia Jazz Festival in Germany.
His relationship with Greg Osby led to the release of his début album, Contextual, on the saxophonist’s Inner Circle Music label. The album was praised by acclaimed bassist Arild Andersen as “one of the most exciting projects I have heard from a bass player in years.” Klampanis has received equal praise for his playing and composing. Fellow bassist Drew Gress notes his “aggressive melodicism, beautiful intonation, and uniquely personal string writing.” In 2012, Klampanis was invited by the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra for a series of concerts throughout Latvia. His arrangement of the Greek folk song “Thalassaki” was recently performed by the Greek Public Symphonic Orchestra in Athens, with whom Klampanis will perform in December 2013.
Petros Klampanis is also an in-demand educator. He has given workshops internationally, and serves as a guest lecturer at Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio and the Ionian Academy of Music in Greece. He is currently working on his second album, to be released in 2014, with Contextual bandmates Jean- Michel Pilc, guitarist Gilad Hekselman, percussionist John Hadfield, and a string quartet formed by violinists Megan Gould and Maria Manousaki, violist Lev Ljova Zhurbin and cellist Yoed Nir.
Awards:CLTrio: YPF International Jazz Competition prize, Amsterdam, January 2007. CLTrio: Hoeilaart Jazz Competition prize, Belgium, September 2008.
Magical performance, Difono Music Magazine, April 2010.
A true discovery, Die Rheinpfalz, May 2010.
Contextual is an amazing project Greg Osby
Excellent writing and playing. I love Petros' aggressive melodicism, beautiful intonation, and uniquely personal string writing Drew Gress,
Contextual is one of the most exciting projects I have heard from a bassplayer in years. The writing and playing is excellent, with an excellent sound and a wide spectrum of musical ideas Arild Andersen
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.
Inner Circle Music
Tracks: Thalassaki; Skylark; The Necessary Blonde; Basscope; Countdown; Lilly's Promenade; Mingum; Blue Cave; Blackbird; Basscape.
Personnel: Gretchen Parlato: voice; Paul Bollenback: guitar; David Berkman: piano; Marcelo Woloski: percussion; Megan Gould: violin, Heather Paauwe: violin; Lev Zhurbin: viola; Yoed Nir: cello; Petros Klampanis: doublebass, brooms, arrangements, composition, production.
As A Side Musician
1. Fast Forward Of A Day
Free Code Jazz Records
Personnel: Cesar Laterre: piano; Artis Orubs: drums.
Ankh Music Productions
Personnel: Spyros Manesis: piano; Rui Pereira: drums.
3. Walking Around
Christine Corvisier 5tet
4. Lost Property
5. Inner Game
6. Internationale Hoorndagen
7. Melting Pot
Christine Corvisier 5tet
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New York, NY
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Bass , electric or upright, is the heart of a group and good bassists are the most in-demand instrumentalists. Bass moves on the border of rhythm, melody and harmony, it is the most foundational, challenging and charming instrument, no matter what style of music. Good bass players can inspire their fellow musicians and elevate the performance of the whole band, whereas bad bassists condemn the music to mediocrity. It might be hard to make it sound beautiful in the beginning, but I can promise that together we are going to speed up this process. Advanced students will learn more about rhythm, harmony, soloing, playing with a band as well as composing. The topics we are going to cover are: ear training, rhythm/groove, theory, harmony, soloing in various styles, sound, group playing, composition, arranging. Lessons can take place either at my house, at your place or through Skype. Price: 60$ per hour lesson. TEACHING EXPERIENCE: -Guest Teacher at the Oberlin Music College. -Guest Teacher at the Corfu University of Music (Greece) "Petros Klampanis - In addition to his bass virtuosity, he is also a fantastic composer, arranger, and a dedicated teacher. He has pioneered new teaching techniques for music performance to his students with diverse musical needs. Aside from having a world-class education, he has performed with notable jazz performers, and actively leads his own groups, and an active part of the bustling NYC jazz scene. He is a world-class act, having played and toured the U.S. and Europe. Petros is a real gem teacher, he has taught me new things, and put my music in the right track. He is a real inspiration, deep with a reservoir of knowledge, and always ready to give and share it to his students. I am happy and real lucky to find a good teacher in him, an all- terrain, good guy, clean and fun loving." Art-40
Bass technique, groove, improvisation concepts, group interplay.