I'm pleased to announce that The Onassis Cultural Center NY will proudly present CHROMA, a new performance project fusing jazz, classical, Greek folk, and world music on Wednesday, December 9th at 7PM.
Chroma, defined as the purity or intensity of a color, is performed by 13 musicians (strings and percussion) expressing a palette of emotions and ideas captured in the works created by renowned composer and performer Petros Klampanis.
"CHROMA is a collection of compositions that forms my personal palette of emotions, ideas, and impressions," states Klampanis. "I have transformed these experiences into musical colors in an effort to share them with you, and I invite you to listen to them and feel them. Perhaps they will remind you of colors in your own personal palette, or - and I hope - they will move you, and even become the reason you discover new colors that already exist inside you."
CHROMA will be performed by: Petros Klampanis, bass, voice, compositions, arrangements; Gilad Hekselman, guitar, composition; Shai Maestro, piano; John Hadfield, drums and percussion; Keita Ogawa, percussion; Maria Manousaki, Gokce Erem, Megan Gould, and Maria Im, violin; Carrie Frey and Peter Kiral, viola; Colin Stokes and Maria Jeffers, cello.
Accompanying the performance, Athens-based visual and jewelry artist Eleni Kyrmizaki, is creating an installation work created for CHROMA.
Petros Klampanis has performed alongside some of New York City's celebrated jazz musicians, including saxophonist Greg Osby, pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, and drummer Ari Hoenig. His extensive list of appearances in the U.S. includes Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has performed at the internationally acclaimed North Sea Jazz Festival and the Palatia Jazz Festival in Germany.
His relationship with Greg Osby led to the release of his début album, Contextual, on the saxophonist's Inner Circle Music label. The album was praised by acclaimed bassist Arild Andersen as "one of the most exciting projects I have heard from a bass player in years." His arrangement of the Greek folk song "Thalassaki" was recently performed by the Greek Public Symphonic Orchestra in Athens, with whom Klampanis performed in 2013. He was recently voted as the "Best Artist of 2015" on jazzonline.gr.