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Kapok

Kapok

Kapok

Label: Buzz
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917611229
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Catalog number: ZZ 76112
Releasedate: 07-02-14
Kapok is a young and unusual trio. The band combines elements from very different genres and traditions: the energy and compact form of pop and funk; the grooves and percussion of roots music; the interaction and abstract sounds of free improvisation; and the phrasing and harmonies of jazz.
 
  • “A jazz album full of light, space and imagination … Kapok is an extraordinary fusion of instruments”– NRC Handelsblad
  • “One of the most entertaining Dutch jazz records of the past few years … a masterful jam session, in which great musical finds are spontaneously unearthed … especially during the spacious chamber music one is overwhelmed by beauty” – De Volkskrant
  • Release concert in Belgium (Friday January 24, Flagey, Brussels) and The Netherlands (Thursday February 6, Kapitaal, Utrecht)
  • Showcase on Jazzahead!, Germany (April 26, Messe Bremen)
For their self-titled second album, Dutch jazz trio Kapok went looking for a space that could provide the right acoustics for their unique sound. They ended up in 13th-century Beverweerd Castle, that once sheltered Napoleon and is now inhabited by ex-art forger Geert-Jan Jansen. He gave the band access to the entire castle, and after installing a mobile studio, Kapok recorded the album in two weeks, surrounded by hundreds of paintings.

In contrast to the spacious, dreamy quality of their debut album Flatlands, Kapok has become an energetic album filled with instrumental songs influenced by roots music, indie rock and free jazz. There is lots of room for improvisation, and the live experience gained by the band over the past two years is constantly in evidence.

Kapok is a young and unusual trio. The band combines elements from very different genres and traditions: the energy and compact form of pop and funk; the grooves and percussion of roots music; the interaction and abstract sounds of free improvisation; and the phrasing and harmonies of jazz.

Using all these elements, Kapok creates music that is new and recognisable at the same time, and keeps pulling the rug out from under the listener's feet.
Kapok is a young and unusual trio. The band combines elements from very different genres and traditions: the energy and compact form of pop and funk; the grooves and percussion of roots music; the interaction and abstract sounds of free improvisation; and the phrasing and harmonies of jazz.

Even their line up is unusual – there is no bass, the drum kit is one of a kind, and the melody instrument is the French horn.

Using all these elements, Kapok creates music that is new and recognisable at the same time, and keeps pulling the rug out from under the listener’s feet. Music that can be tight, energetic and controlled, only to veer suddenly into abstract free improvisation.

Their debut album Flatlands was widely praised by the Dutch press. The band played close to a hundred concerts since its release, and won the Dutch Jazz Competition in 2013 and the European Jazz Competition in 2013.


In January 2014 the band will release its second album, followed by an international tour.