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Floris Kappeyne

"Floris Kappeyne definitely stands out as an inventive improvising pianist, and he is downright stunning in his solo performances."

Bernard Lefèvre - JazzHalo (BE)

FLORIS KAPPEYNE is a pianist and composer actively involved in the Amsterdam jazz scene. With a background in both jazz and classical piano and a particular interest in merging these genres, his primary musical focus is on his longstanding trio, featuring TIJS KLAASSEN on bass and WOUTER KÜHNE on drums. Following the albums "Interchange" (2017) and "Synesthesia" (2019), their latest release, "Closer," received positive reviews from both national and international press. In addition to his trio work, Floris debuted a solo piano album titled "Half of What I Say Is Meaningless" in 2020. He also serves as a sideman in various projects, including the Tijs Klaassen Quintet, Anti Panopticon, Alistair Payne's REFLEX, Govreen Quartet and Mo van der Does' Motet.

As the initiator of the ECHO COLLECTIVE, Floris received a commission to compose "Echo," an interdisciplinary piece involving nine singers, synthesizer, two pianos, and percussion, presented at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam as part of the International Jazz Week in 2021.

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I'm very happy to announce that I'm offering 1 hour online lessons. My multi-camera setup enables an overhead view of my hands at the keyboard as well as a regular selfie camera. Besides that you'll receive a tailor made pdf file with the material that we worked on in the lesson afterwards, so that you don't have to worry about forgetting the

I'm very happy to announce that I'm offering 1 hour online lessons. My multi-camera setup enables an overhead view of my hands at the keyboard as well as a regular selfie camera. Besides that you'll receive a tailor made pdf file with the material that we worked on in the lesson afterwards, so that you don't have to worry about forgetting the material. The first lesson is offered as a trial lesson at a discounted price - including the pdf as a free gift.

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Closer

Floris Kappeyne Trio

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“As the world begins to recover from the pandemic, the daily grind can be overwhelming. That’s why I turned to music as a way to slow down and find peace. Through my compositions, I aim to transport listeners to a calming, serene world. Using a blend of acoustic and electronic instruments, we created sounds reminiscent of nature and the comfort of

“As the world begins to recover from the pandemic, the daily grind can be overwhelming. That’s why I turned to music as a way to slow down and find peace. Through my compositions, I aim to transport listeners to a calming, serene world. Using a blend of acoustic and electronic instruments, we created sounds reminiscent of nature and the comfort of home. To fully capture this feeling, my jazz piano trio recorded our album in a cozy living room, with a crackling fireplace and a beloved dog by our side. Together in one room, we sought to create a sense of connection and intimacy that can be felt through each note”

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Half of What I Say is Meaningless

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Dear listener,

I hope this message finds you in a good place.

During the darkest months of last winter, I descended into a darker state like many people around me. It felt like I had been confronted with the very real toll that the pandemic is taking on the mental health of many.

I decided to set out on a journey on foot from my home in Amsterdam

Dear listener,

I hope this message finds you in a good place.

During the darkest months of last winter, I descended into a darker state like many people around me. It felt like I had been confronted with the very real toll that the pandemic is taking on the mental health of many.

I decided to set out on a journey on foot from my home in Amsterdam to a recording studio near the border with Germany to record an album of fully improvised music to reflect on this moment in my life.

I recommend taking a moment in the day to relax while listening to the music and let your thoughts drift.

Warmly,

Floris

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Medium - 믿음

Floris Kappeyne, Youngwoo Lee

Medium - 믿음 is an art-ensemble consisting of three improvising artists from around the world.

Floris Kappeyne (NL) - synthesizers Young Woo Lee (KOR) - synthesizers Luka Batista (SLO) - laser projection

In 2020, they made a video registration of an improvised performance, combining their music with a scenography created by Floris Kappeyne and

Medium - 믿음 is an art-ensemble consisting of three improvising artists from around the world.

Floris Kappeyne (NL) - synthesizers Young Woo Lee (KOR) - synthesizers Luka Batista (SLO) - laser projection

In 2020, they made a video registration of an improvised performance, combining their music with a scenography created by Floris Kappeyne and Felipe Pipi.

Credits

released December 22, 2023

Felipe Pipi - director, video filming and editing Simone Giel - actor Laura Veloso - supporting actor Alistair Payne - sound engineer, mixing

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Synesthesia

Floris Kappeyne

“Reverberating synthesizer drones and waves invite us to a mysterious trip in the outer space. That’s how the 23-year-old Dutch pianist Floris Kappeyne starts out his new trio album, Synesthesia, a title that has everything to do with sensorial stimulation and reaction. His bandmates, bassist Tijs Klaassen and drummer Wouter Kuhne, stick to that

“Reverberating synthesizer drones and waves invite us to a mysterious trip in the outer space. That’s how the 23-year-old Dutch pianist Floris Kappeyne starts out his new trio album, Synesthesia, a title that has everything to do with sensorial stimulation and reaction. His bandmates, bassist Tijs Klaassen and drummer Wouter Kuhne, stick to that idea, working diligently to provide a skeletal structure that serves, reacts to, and interacts with the pianist’s harmonic ideas and lyrical terminology.

Throughout the 15 short original movements that compose the album, you will experience music that may be volatile or lingering, abstract or clear, vouching for unity or opting for disintegration. The course of things is unpredictable, often non-linear, and that’s where the mystery and magic of Kappeyne’s music come from.

“Prelude: I” offers occasional bass pedals and subtly rattling snare, yet, its ever-shifting textures and time feel make us constantly alert. The piano sometimes calls for the unobvious universe of Paul Bley while the vertiginous, dramatic nosedives into the lower register give it a punch that is jazzier than classical. In turn, “Prelude: II” flows with a modern, brushed, syncopated fat beat in a relaxed synth-cloud environment. Its uncompromising trajectories made me imagine Sun Ra exploring downtempo.

Communication is well patented in the three-way conversation offered on “Prelude: Va”, where the piano responds to the introductory drums and, subsequently, the bass responds to the piano. A conspicuous motif serves them as the topic and the bassist even dares to swing for a bit, pushing more and more the threshold, as he seems to exhort expansiveness. Another example of communicative effort is “Prelude Vc”. On top of the deep-seated bass, we find abstract, free-flowing piano flurries and rhythmic figures on the verge of tonality that definitely foment the boldness of jazz.

The trio shows an optimum control of suspended ambiances on “Prelude III” by incorporating deep bowed bass, hushed brushes, and single-note textural pianism. Silences don’t scare them. They play with it, in a way that is soothing and disquieting alike. On the shape-shifting “Prelude VII”, we have that weird feeling that something is about to happen on the grounds of somewhat eerie vibes. Even so, the sparkling snare and the confident piano strut, in conjunction with the bass, deviate unexpectedly into a modern classical passage whose movements are dreamy, sweeping, and splendorous.

Variety and imagination are nothing to worry about here, and the well-structured recording also incorporates two vocal tunes - “Prelude IX” features a Dutch poem meant to be turned into music by classical singer Janneke Stoute and is momentarily agitated by polyrhythmic percussion; “Prelude: X” features a 4-piece choir with synth.

While en listening route, you’ll also detect a couple of solo piano pieces and a drums-only speech, before it all ends in the playful electro vibes of “Prelude IV”, which finishes off the album with odd-metered passages and a futuristic attitude.

Incorporating tradition and novelty, Kappeyne and his trio hardly approach the music in a conventional manner. They align energies while searching for new directions and manage to get some fresh results.” -JazzTrail 2019

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