SKOOP – City Maps

SKOOP is a brand new ensemble led by composer/clarinettist/drummer Steven Kamperman, together with playful trumpet player Bart Maris from Gent, the young Rotterdam guitar hero Jorrit Westerhof and finally the warm-blooded bass player Dion Nijland from Utrecht. Four improvisers everywhere looking for music, as long as it vibrates and searches for meaningful layers. SKOOP’s mission is exploring new ways of presenting new music. [Read & listen further below the photo]

Photo Allard Willemse

For the project 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 the map of an imaginary city, which is indeed handed over to the spectator at the beginning of the concert. During the performance, the audience is taken on an adventurous journey through the city by means of music and film projections on two screens on both sides of the ensemble.

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 live in dialogue with the music.

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

(Under) The bridge

The Mall


Dance Hall


(Rockin’ at the) Harbour

Photo Allard Willemse