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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.