NAMED A “BASS ACE” by Bass Player Magazine, Petros Klampanis grew up in Greece, surrounded by the confluence of Mediterranean and Balkan folk music. Now based in NYC, the bassist and composer is curious in his approach, always seeking unique ways to integrate 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,” as noted by fellow bassist Drew Gress. His second album as a leader, Minor Dispute was selected as one of the best jazz records in 2015 by NPR. His most recent release and Motéma Music debut, Chroma was featured in major international radio and press outlets including FIP, TSF, Jazz Magazine, WBGO, DownBeat and JazzTimes.
“This is very emotional music, where the assembled players bring all their interpretive skills to bear as they figuratively scale mountains, wrestle seas and find a place of centered calm.” The New York City Jazz Record
“Is this man the best kept secret in Jazz Music?” ibassmagazine
“Petros Klampanis is a musician who has always spoken from the heart…” DownBeat Magazine
“Μinor Dispute masterfully incorporates chamber string arrangements and a worldly, streamlined rhythmic pulse.” New York Times