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 styles of music, including funk rock, classical, free improv and African music – a collection of influences that might sound unlikely, but flow 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 sounds 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.
‘Kapok would like to take many more people with them on their musical trip. They’ve only just set off.’