Horn, guitar and drums, Kapok makes free, wild, adventurous music
Kapok is one of the most recognizable young bands on the Dutch music scene today. The band is known for their rhythmic fireworks and infectious interaction, and for the fierce, unpredictable energy of their live shows. Kapok borrows from many different kinds of music, including funk rock, classical music, free improv and African music – a collection of influences that might sound unlikely, but flows together quite naturally in their music.
The first thing you notice about Kapok is the unusual instrumentation. There is no bass, Remco Menting’s drum kit is one of a kind, and Timon Koomen conjures up colourful sound worlds on his guitar. You might know the French horn as an instrument from the classical tradition, but in the hands of Morris Kliphuis this is quickly forgotten. Kliphuis, one of the few jazz hornists in the world, sings, growls and grooves on his instrument as if it was made for jazz. Onstage, the band interprets every song anew, which means no two concerts are ever alike.
Since their first encounter in the recording studio in 2011, which led to their debut album Flatlands, Kapok has played at many festivals and concert halls in The Netherlands, including twice at the North Sea Jazz Festival. The band also performs internationally, and won the Dutch Jazz Competition in 2012, the European Jazz Competition in 2013, and received an Edison, the Dutch equivalent of a Grammy, for their second album Kapok in 2014. Their fourth release Mirabel was also nominated for an Edison Jazz 2019.
Morris Kliphuis – horn, cornet
Timon Koomen – guitar
Remco Menting – drums, percussion
“They seem to have grown again, the three men that form KAPOK. On their third album, GLASS TO SAND, Morris Kliphuis (horn), Timon Koomen (guitar) and Remco Menting (drums) have managed to make the borders between jazz and rock ‘n’ roll collapse. And still their sound stays pleasant and simple.” – De Volkskrant
“GLASS TO SAND is an impressive step forward. Whether it’s pop or rock with a jazz mentality or the other way around: it’s free-spirited, unrestrained and ear-soothingly inventive.” – NRC
“The sound has a lot of reverb, but always stays transparent. Rhythms are never straightforward, but are continuously captivating. KAPOK seem to have elaborated their ideas even better than on their previous album.” – Het Parool
MIRABEL “Een spannend album op van een trio dat verdiept en graaft in broeierige of juist lucide klankstructuren, impro-uitbarstingen en opdoffers van grooves. Maar meteen ook bekruipt je het gevoel: dit moet je live ondergaan.” – NRC
MIRABEL “Het instrumentarium mag zijn uitgebreid, het groepsgeluid veranderd net als de mentaliteit, toch klinkt Kapok als Kapok. Dat komt doordat de muziek zo fraai de persoonlijkheid van de musici weerspiegelt en vooral de karaktertrekken die ze delen: de nieuwsgierigheid en het opvallende gebrek aan ego.” – Trouw