Valentin Clastrier/Steven Kampermanofficial WOMEX 17 showcase


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  • Steven Kamperman (clarinets, saxophone)
  • Valentin Clastrier (hurdy-gurdy)

Valentin Clastrier is one of the few performers in the world specialising in contemporary music for the hurdy-gurdy. He was introduced to the instrument in 1970, after having started his career as guitarist for Jacques Brel, and has over the years transformed it, culminating in his current electro-acoustic 27-string sound machine, built together with Austrian luthier Wolfgang Weichselbaumer. It's a musical vehicle of buzzing magnificence: orchestral in scope, with innovative tonal possibilities utilising treated sounds and chromatic melodies which he displays to astounding effect in his collaboration with global-modal-jazz-crossover clarinettist, composer and arch-improviser from the Netherlands, Steven Kamperman. The duo's album, Fabuloiseries, a set of tone-poems of symphonic sweep, had multiple reviewers thumbing their thesaurus for fresh ways of describing their “extraordinary sound palettes”, “remarkable imagination” and “unprecedented inventiveness”. Now hear for yourself.

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