Bassist/composer Petros Klampanis has absorbed a vibrant palette of colors over the course of a varied musical life journey, including Mediterranean and Balkan folk music of his native Greece, classical colorings of studies in Athens, Amsterdam and New York City, and vibrant splashes of musical pigment developed on the diverse NYC jazz scene through collaborations with such innovators as Greg Osby, Jean-Michel Pilc, Shai Maestro, Oded Tzur and Ari Hoenig.
On Chroma, his third album as a leader and Motéma Music debut, Klampanis explores the colors of human character, inspired by world events and personal experience. Chroma, the Greek word for “color,” masterfully employs a full spectrum of sonic colors to paint an introspective and emotionally daring artistic statement. His first large ensemble project melds the animated expressions of the composer’s jazz quintet (piano, bass, drums, guitar and percussion) complemented by lush, classically-arranged strings to create a near symphonic work of modern jazz.
“This project arose from a question,” Klampanis explains. “What are the elements that compose each one of us, our personal characters, our individuality? The first answer that came to my mind is that character is composed of all the emotions, the thoughts and ideas, the fantasies and experiences that we have in our lifetimes. If we were to assign each of these elements a single color, then every one of us could be seen as a unique composition of colors, the mix of which results in our own, very personal shade.”
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A formidable player and composer, bassist Petros Klampanis makes his
auspicious Stateside debut with Contextual
Magical performance, Difono Music Magazine, April 2010.
A true discovery, Die Rheinpfalz, May 2010.
Contextual is an amazing project
Excellent writing and playing. I love Petros' aggressive melodicism, beautiful
intonation, and uniquely personal string writing
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
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.
New York City
Willing to teach
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,
Lessons can take place either at my house, at your place or through Skype.
Price: 60$ per hour lesson.
-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."