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 moving between NYC and Athens, 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 awarded as the best Live Album for 2017 by Independent Music Awards and was featured in major international radio and press outlets including FIP, TSF, Jazz Magazine, WBGO, DownBeat and JazzTimes. His 4th album 'Irrationalities' just came out by Enja/Yellowbird. It is his first trio album, featuring long time collaborators Kristjan Randalu and Bodek Janke. JazzTimes praise it as 'a dazzling, multifaceted thing of Beauty'. 'Irrationalities' was recently awarded at the 2020 Independent Music Awards, in three categories: ‘Jazz Instrumental’ & ‘Vox Pop/Jazz Instrumental’ awards for ‘Easy Come, Easy Go’, the opening track of the album and ‘Jazz Producer’ award for Petros Klampanis' overall production of the project.