Kapok

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takes improvised jazz as its starting point but segues effortlessly into indie, metal, hip hop, Americana and African sounds. Their underlying chemistry and adventurous choices have established Kapok as one of the most original and exciting live bands in the Netherlands. Kapok also regularly performs internationally.  Kapok released their debut album, Flatlands, on which the trio collaborates with guests such as contra bassist Ernst Glerum, percussionist Joshua Samson and the Raggazze String Quartet, in 2012. Their second album, Kapok, followed in 2014 and won an Edison (the Dutch equivalent of an Emmy). Critics praised the album for its eclecticism, the way in which the trio interacts and the improvised but nevertheless tight character of the music. Their third album, Glass to Sand, on which their sound grew darker and the stylistic palette of the band broadened even further followed in 2015. In 2016 Kapok recorded a CD of compositions by Terry Riley with Percussion Den Haag (Slagwerk Den Haag) and the Ragazze Quartet.  Last year, after five years of playing together, the band went on retreat to Mirabel-aux-Baronnies in the South of France. During this retreat the band shifted focus to long, mesmerising lines, unusual sound combinations and the use of electronica, something new for Kapok. The results of these Mirabel Sessions will be heard for the first time at the Holland Festival 2017.