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Kapok

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.

12-06-2014 ZZ 76112 - Kapok - Kapok - Draai om je oren
31-03-2014 ZZ 76112 - Kapok - Kapok - Rootstie
18-03-2014 ZZ 76112 - Kapok - Kapok - Jazzbulletin
16-03-2014 ZZ 76112 - Kapok - Kapok - patsounds.blogspot
15-03-2014 ZZ 76112 - Kapok - Kapok - De Telegraaf
15-03-2014 ZZ 76112 - Kapok - Kapok - Lust for Live
11-03-2014 ZZ 76112 - Kapok - Kapok - Jazzenzo
24-02-2014 ZZ 76112 - Kapok - Kapok - Dichtbij.nl
20-02-2014 ZZ 76112 - Kapok - Kapok -Nieuwe plaat
14-02-2014 ZZ 76112 - Kapok - Kapok - ab sord
13-02-2014 ZZ 76112 - Kapok - Kapok - Het parool
12-02-2014 ZZ 76112 - Kapok - Kapok - BNdeStem
07-02-2014 ZZ 76112 - Kapok - Kapok - mixed Grill
07-02-2014 ZZ 76112 - Kapok - Kapok - De Limburger
06-02-2014 ZZ 76112 - Kapok - Kapok - Limburgs Dagblad
05-02-2014 ZZ 76112 Kapok review De Volkskrant
01-02-2014 ZZ 76112 - Kapok - Kapok- 3voor12
27-01-2014 Review Kapok in Written in Music
14-01-2014 ZZ 76112 - Kapok - Kapok- music frames
10-01-2014 ZZ 76112 - Kapok - Kapok - Jazzism a
28-12-2013 ZZ 76112 - Kapok - Kapok - Nederlands Dagblad
14-05-2014 New video: Day of the Tentacle
28-04-2014 Jazzahead!
17-04-2014 Show @Spieghel has been rescheduled
15-04-2014 Last two shows of our Albumtour
28-03-2014 Bimhuis was amazing!
18-03-2014 K.O.Brass join Kapok for Bimhuis concert
10-03-2014 Concert Luxor Live afgelast
24-02-2014 Halfway
13-02-2014 Albumrelease
10-02-2014 Albumrecensie in De Volkskrant: ****