DRUMMER & COMPOSER
Jazz drummer Amund Kleppan released his debut album Venture in 2019 to international acclaim. With strong ties to his native Norway, he also tours regularly across Europe with Amund Kleppan Quintet, Aloft Quartet and other ensembles.
Since picking up his first pair of drumsticks fifteen years ago in his neighbour’s basement, Amund has been completely hooked. His passion for drumming led him to prestigious institutions: first, the Jazz Institute Berlin where he completed his Bachelor's degree, and then the Royal Academy of Music for his Master's. Studying under renowned musicians like Dave Holland, James Maddren, and Orlando Le Fleming, he developed a strong sound.
Now, having completed his studies, Amund is based in Oslo. He is an active member of the Norwegian jazz scene, playing alongside many of the country's famous jazz artists. His journey from a passionate beginner to a professional drummer is a testament to his dedication and skill.
"A European union of talents is alive and very well on this album by a multi-national band, led by the young Berlin-based Norwegian drummer Kleppan. Venture is a thoroughly commendable example of contemporary mainstream jazz."
- Jazz Journal UK
"A strong debut from a young drummer."
- Gudbrandsdølen Dagningen
"The music is high-degree-of-difficulty hard bop in the vein of the mid ’60s Miles Davis quintet."
- Stereo Gum
Farewell Old Ways
In their sophomore album Farewell Old Ways, Scandinavian group Aloft Quartet abandons what is familiar and jumps into the void of the unknown. Released on AMP Music & Records, this new venture features original compositions that forge a strong and cohesive repertoire.