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JT Video Premiere: “Irrationality” by Petros Klampanis

Track is taken from the bassist/composer's fourth album and first with a trio, Irrationalities, out Oct. 18 on enja/Yellowbird

Petros Klampanis
Petros Klampanis

JazzTimes is honored to present the premiere of the video for “Irrationality” by Petros Klampanis. The track will appear on the Greek bassist/composer’s fourth album as a leader, Irrationalities, which will be released on October 18 by enja/Yellowbird Records.

Unlike Klampanis’ previous albums, which were string-laden, chamber music-like affairs, Irrationalities strips his music down to a basic piano-trio format. But the writing remains deliciously complex, a trait accentuated on this particular track with an opening burst of creatively arranged multitrack vocals (by Klampanis). Estonian pianist Kristjan Randalu and Polish drummer Bodek Janke round out the group.

Klampanis, who currently divides his time between New York and his native Athens, comments: “‘Irrationality’ was the first tune I composed on the album, forming the core of the whole project. It was composed during several (very) late-night sessions on the island of Folegandros, a tiny Greek island on the Aegean Sea. I went there for a short vacation and somehow gained access to the grand piano at the municipal school there. Grand pianos at municipal Greek schools in tiny islands are not a common thing at all, but somehow I got very lucky… The peaceful environment, the quietness of these summer nights provided the perfect context for reflection about the world we live in and myself, a process that led to the creation of this piece. The album Irrationalities is inspired by the dead ends we often experience and the courage it takes to overcome constraints and move forward. It’s dedicated to all of the everyday heroes out there.”

For more information about Petros Klampanis, visit his website.

Read JazzTimes‘ review of Klampanis’ previous album, 2017’s Chroma.