After a turbulent second lockdown, Floris decided to go on a pilgrimage from Amsterdam to a recording studio in Osnabrück. This hike brought him the inspiration to make a fully improvised solo album:
“Dear listener, I hope this message finds you in a good place. During the months of last winter, I descended into a darker state like many people around me. It felt like I had been confronted with the very real toll that the pandemic is taking on the mental health of many. I decided to set out on a journey on foot from my home in Amsterdam to a recording studio near the border with Germany to record an album of fully improvised music to reflect on this moment in my life. I recommend taking a moment in the day to relax while listening to the music and let your thoughts drift.
He will play fully improvised music during the concert, as he does on his solo album. With soft, meditative sounds, Floris tries to create a representation of the moment. While the music is playing, the audience will have the opportunity to let their thoughts go.
Floris Kappeyne (1995) is a pianist, composer and active in the Amsterdam jazz scene for 10 years. With a background in jazz and classical piano, and a special interest in bringing together American jazz and the European classical world, Floris leads several projects such as the Floris Kappeyne Trio and Echo. He also plays as a sideman with bands such as the Tijs Klaassen Quintet, Anti Panopticon and the Motet. As part of the Week of Jazz 2021 he received a composition commission for the Echo collective. The collective consists of a unique ensemble with nine singers, synthesizer, two painos and percussion. Together they create an interdisciplinary performance, a true gesamtkunstwerk. His most recent album in collaboration with Zennez records 'Half of What I say is Meaningless' is his debut as a solo pianist.