Internationally acclaimed Greek bass player and composer makes his mark through the cover of Retrograde, a song by James Blake, having teamed up with Katerine Duska. At the same time, he is gearing up for his next step, where Greek music tradition will take center stage.
The song’s video evokes a black-and-white film, while the very first notes set the tone of this rhythmic soul ballad. As soon as Katerine Duska’s voice makes the scene – deep, melodic, and sensuous – the listener can’t help but to be carried away. Retrograde is one of these rare cases of songs blessed with timeless DNA, despite having been written so recently (in 2013, by the famous British composer and performer James Blake).
Far from any sense of backward-looking, the song’s title reflects the artist’s faith in time-honored values. After all, this set of values, along with the intrigue of exploration and the mood for creative experimentation, are the trademark of the top-class and multi-awarded Greek bass player, Petros Klampanis, a longtime resident of New York. As he explains, he and Katerine Duska had envisioned the recording of this cover for quite some time now, but it was not until last July that they found the opportunity to realize this collaboration.”
Amidst these unprecedented – yet nothing but pleasant – conditions that keep us confined at home, he tries to make the best out of it, by writing music, setting up new projects, and getting caught up with things he values as important and useful. One of his upcoming plans is a series of songs he intends to share with his audience in the following year, where Greek music tradition takes center stage, opening a channel of communication with our times. Musicians both from Greece and the entire world are joining him on the occasion of this admittedly interesting project.
Petros Klampanis’ latest work, his fourth studio album named Irrationalities – a title that proved to be an omen for the irrational days we’re living in – was released in 2019 and went to receive three Independent Music Awards. “I named it this way, as I feel that throughout our lives we are often faced up against dead-ends. Against incidents, conditions and behaviors that we are forced to confront, even if they make no sense. That is how I felt at the time I was writing this record’s music, amidst a period of heated political turmoil in the USA and intense circumstances in my personal life,” he points out, before adding: “The album was recorded in Athens, alongside my distinguished crew, with whom we have set up a music trio, the Estonian pianist Kristjan Randalu and the Polish-German drummer Bodek Janke. This is the first album in my career where I worked with a small ensemble. We experimented on a minimalist orchestration approach, if I may call it this way, but I believe the outcome was rich and multi-layered.”
The song Retrograde is available on YouTube and in all streaming services.