City Maps – it’s not a concert, it’s a trip

New Urban Chamber Jazz’: in the new Steven Kamperman project City Maps, influences vary widely from modern dance to gregorian chant, and from swing jazz to contemporary composed music. All these roots come together in a compositional journey and a shared approach to intense improvisation. The result is a sound of abrasive beauty, in which ancient and progressive germs merge in a natural fashion, as they do in the cities around us.

For City Maps, Steven Kamperman wrote a series of pieces that together form a portrait of the modern city. Titles like Grand Boulevard, Cathedral, Dance Hall, Central Station and The Bridge can all be found on city maps. Together with Gent’s trumpet player Bart Maris, guitarist Jorrit Westerhof (Rotterdam), double bass player Dion Nijland (Utrecht) and visual artist Henrietta Müller (Rotterdam), Kamperman takes the audience on an adventurous journey through an imaginary city. [Read & listen further below the photo]

The concrete jungle is dynamic, energetic, here and there overwhelmingly large, elsewhere moving with unexpected glimpses on picturesque corners. The poetic and colourful scenes of the city are filmed in co-operation with young filmer Henrietta Muller and projected in abstracted collages, live in dialogue with the music on two screens, surrounding the audience. Watch our trailer of Grand Boulevard below!

Steven Kamperman • alto & b-flat clarinet, drums, compositions; Bart Maris • trumpet, piccolo trumpet; Jorrit Westerhof • guitar; Dion Nijland • double bass; Henrietta Müller • film & VJ

Old bridge

Mall

Kiosque de musique

Dance Hall

Gebetshaus

Photo Allard Willemse