The French ‘living legend’ Valentin Clastrier is generally regarded as the inventor of the modern hurdy-gurdy: he has transformed this traditional drone instrument into a virtuoso sound machine. His playing is full of surprises, like his career: his start as guitarist with Jacques Brel eventually led him to many years of cooperation with European jazz heroes like Louis Sclavis, Michel Godard and Michael Riessler.
Until 2012, clarinetist, composer and crossover wizard Steven Kamperman was known mainly for his work with his Turkish-Dutch ensemble Baraná, with which he performed from Mexico to Siberia. His impassioned playing reveals a background in jazz and a special love for modal music.
With mesmerizing drone tones and compelling rhythms as a base, Kamperman and Clastrier blend chromatic melodies with fabulous sounds and intense improvisations. A spectacular duo that definitely ‘rocks’!