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“There he comes from afar, wave your dress, wave it, wave it, no matter this earth will eat us. This earth we walk upon, we’ll all enter it, this green earth eats up young men and women”. “Sibethera” is a traditional song from the island of Ikaria that, with the unique arrangement and Areti Ketime’s crystal voice is boldly transformed into something new. Video credits: Video by Antonis Kitsikis and Dimitris Lambridis/ Recorded by George Kariotis at Sierra Recording Studios, Athens/ Mastered by Christoph Stickel/ Produced by Petros Klampanis & Ziv Ravitz/ Arrangement by Raphael Meleteas & Petros Klampanis/ Areti Ketime – voice, Thomas Konstantinou – oud, Kristjan Randalu – piano, Petros Klampanis – bass, Ziv Ravitz – drums.

 

Petros Klampanis

Acclaimed bassist and composer Petros Klampanis, “the bass ace” as the Bass Player Magazine described him, is an incisive, fearless musician. Born in Athens, his musical upbringing was naturally inspired by the Mediterranean traditions and Balkan folk music.

In his 2023 album “Tora Collective” (‘Tora’ literally means ‘now’ in Greek) he bridges folkloric and modern jazz worlds, with a creative assembly of Greek and other international jazz and folk artists – Areti Ketime in vocals, Thomas Konstantinou in oud and laouto, Giorgos Kotsinis in clarinet, Kristjan Randalu in piano, and Ziv Ravitz in drums, electronics and co-production.

Klampanis’ stunning debut album, “Contextual”, was released by Greg Osby’s Inner Circle Music. His sophomore release “Minor Dispute” was selected as one of the best jazz records of 2015 by National Public Radio. “Chroma (Motéma)”, was named Best Live Album of 2017 by the Independent Music Awards and was featured in major international radio and press outlets, such as WBGO, FIP and TSF in France, DownBeat and JazzTimes. He has steadily built a long list of collaborations with renowned artists- Greg Osby, Jacques Morelenbaum, Oded Tzur, Arooj Aftab, Anoushka Shankar, Shai Maestro, Gilad Hekselman, Jean-Michel Pilc, Snarky Puppy, Dimitra Galani and Maria Farantouri, among many.

His time is shared between New York and Athens, with a vigorous presence in the most esteemed venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Blue Note, The Kennedy Center, MoMA NYC, Barbican (London), Roskilde (Denmark), Glastonbury (UK), Rock in Rio (Lisbon), as well as Megaron-The Athens Concert Hall and the Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

Petros Klampanis remains curious in his approach, always seeking unique ways to integrate elements from multiple genres from classical music to pop, and balancing technique and soul.

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