Petros Klampanis Trio Performs at Blue Note Jazz Festival

The Petros Klampanis Trio performed at the Blue Note Jazz Festival in Greenwich Village. Photo by Eleni Sakellis

NEW YORK – The Blue Note Jazz Festival presents renowned jazz musicians from around the world this June, including the talented Greek musician Petros Klampanis who performed on June 9 with the Petros Klampanis Trio at the historic Blue Note Jazz Club in Greenwich Village. Presented by the Consulate General of Greece in New York and the Onassis Foundation USA, Klampanis performed on bass along with Julian Shore on piano, and John Hadfield on percussion for the festival’s European Sounds Series: Greece on Saturday afternoon. The appreciative audience enjoyed the dynamic musicians’ performance of works from Klampanis’ latest album, Chroma, as well as from his previous album, Minor Dispute.

The first piece the trio performed was Klampanis’ arrangement of the Greek island song Thalassaki. The traditional folk song, so recognizable to Greek listeners, blends seamlessly into the evocative jazz piece, yet adds that distinct Greek flavor and emotion, a longing for the sea and for home. Klampanis, originally from Zakynthos, said the Aegean island song seemed appropriate to play at the Blue Note, referring to the name of the club, the blue color of the sea, and the fact that his latest album is called Chroma (the Greek word for color). He noted that Chroma was recorded live at the Onassis Foundation Cultural Center and thanked the Onassis Foundation and the Consulate General of Greece in New York for sponsoring the event.

In another piece, Klampanis asked for audience participation, singing in two parts, groups A and B with vocals adding another layer to the textured performance of the song. Each song highlighted the talented trio’s gifts as jazz musicians, their skillful playing and interaction

The Petros Klampanis Trio, Julian Shore- piano, Petros Klampanis- bass, and John Hadfield- percussion, performed at the Blue Note Jazz Festival. Photo by Eleni Sakellis

Klampanis spoke with The National Herald after the performance. When asked how long the album Chroma took to come together, he told TNH it was about 2 years from the concept to the creation, the live recording, and then post-production. About his upcoming projects, Klampanis said he just finished recording his latest album in Greece and it will be released soon. His previous albums are all available online.

According to his biography, 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, began his double bass performance studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory. In 2008, Klampanis completed his formal studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music in New York.

Since relocating to New York City, he 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.

Klampanis’ collaborations with saxophonist Greg Osby led to the release of his first two acclaimed albums, Contextual and Minor Dispute, on the saxophonist’s Inner Circle Music label. Fellow bassist Drew Gress has praised Klampanis’ “aggressive melodicism, beautiful intonation, and uniquely personal string writing.” Minor Dispute was selected as one of the best Jazz records in 2015 by American National Public Radio (NPR).

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