February 15, 2018


photo: Anouk van Kalmthout

Dutch jazz trio Kapok have changed their modus operandi for their new album MIRABEL, relying on improvisation in stead of "proper" song structures. This approach resulted in Impressionistic soundscapes with gnarly electronics, pastoral excursions and adventurous avant-garde. They have always been doing things differently, trying to find new ways to connect as musicians and with their audience.

By bringing in new instruments - vibraphone and baritone guitar - they were able to add new new colours to their palette, making this album their most "far out" to date. MIRABEL is an hour long stream of consciousness trip and cut-up techniques. They have let themselves go, adding a whole new meaning to the concept of "free jazz". Where to go after this? Count on them to find another way to make it interesting and out-of-the-box.

Morris Kliphuis: horn, cornet, synthesizers, effects
Timon Koomen: guitar, baritone guitar, effects
Remco Menting: drums, vibraphone, effects

MIRABEL is released on Kerfstok Records (2LP, CD, digital). Buy it from their website.

  1. One
  2. Two
  3. My Teddy
  4. Lullaby
  5. (Please) Don't Poke the Tarantula
  6. Oh My
  7. Feedback Whale Hunt
  8. Exit
  9. Electric Sheep
  10. Kylie at the Pool
  11. Three
  12. Four
  13. Birthday Party of T M
  14. Sprinkles in my eEyedrops
  15. If You Don't Take Me To the Bahamas (I'll Go By Myself)

Four shows will be presented in-the-round (MIRABEL 360°), with projections made by Jurjen Alkema (blauweuur.nl).

Live dates:
  • 02/15 MIRABEL 360° @ Broedplaats LELY, Amsterdam, Netherlands (try out)
  • 02/16 MIRABEL 360° @ Broedplaats LELY, Amsterdam, Netherlands (première)
  • 02/18 Verkadefabriek, s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
  • 02/23 Club Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 02/24 MIRABEL 360° @ Korzo Theater, Den Haag, Netherlands
  • 03/04 Jazz Inverdan, Zaandam, Netherlands
  • 03/10 Parkstad Limburg Theaters, Heerlen, Netherlands
  • 03/11 MIRABEL 360° @ TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 03/25 Belfort, Sluis, Netherlands
  • 03/30 Paradox, Tilburg, Netherlands

» kapokmusic.com

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