those music fans who didn’t have the pleasure of seeing
critically acclaimed artist JANN KLOSE at this year’s
Buffalo Music Awards you need not fret as you will be
afforded the opportunity once again. KLOSE will be
on Broadway in Depew on Wednesday Night; the following that he
will be opening for RUSTED ROOT front man MICHAEL
GLABICKI at Hilbert College (www.hilbert.edu)
on Thursday January 31st.
Although born in GERMANY the savvy
songwriter has been a world traveler throughout his lifetime
with stints in
Johannesburg, South Africa
until settling into
as a teenager. With a travel bio
like that it should come as no surprise that KLOSE now
calls the culturally diverse Big Apple home.
His current release “Reverie”
resonates of the worldly elements KLOSE has experienced.
The gifted young singer/songwriter/musician has managed to
successfully translate his savoir-fair from sight to sound. The
captivating twelve song disc is brimming with the significant
musical styles KLOSE has been exposed to; wrapping his
luminous lyrics around a wealth of alluring arrangements and a
montage of melodies. From the opening track “Beautiful
Dream” to the final cut acutely titled “The
Beginning” KLOSE takes you on his whirlwind adventure.
KLOSE has caught the ear of music moguls ROB
GRENOBLE, head honcho at WATER MUSIC and
acclaimed producer STEWART LERMAN (LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III,
THE ROCHES); both of whom contribute to the
record along with DOMINIC MAITA (Fall Out Boy, Bryan
Ferry, Plain White T’s), who mastered the
The NIGHTLIFE/Best of WNY Rock Rapport had
the pleasure to speak with JANN KLOSE as he prepares to
Western New York
area once again.
JANN Thanks so much for your time. Glad to see you’re coming
back to town following the success of your last visit headlining
BUFFALO MUSIC AWARDS this past
my pleasure; I really enjoyed meeting the fine folks of
BUFFALO; it truly was an honor to
join all the talented musicians at the annual awards ceremony.
The passion for the Arts and Cultural keenness of Western New
York are akin to that of New York City and Cleveland; I really
felt welcomed and at home on my recent visit, I’m most certainly
looking forward to playing again this week.
I believe this may be the
first time that Hamburg, New York has been used in
any performers Tour Title as the current trek is called
“”Hamburg to Hamburg”. This leg of CD release shows started in
Hamburg, GERMANY and will culminate on Thursday Night at
the William E. Swan Auditorium at HILBERT College (www.hilbert.edu),
about the musical journey you’ve embarked on?
JANN KLOSE -
It’s really been exciting for me to perform the new music to so
many different people. I did a few release parties in one of my
GERMANY, the support was
tremendous. We did another gig in BERLIN, that city really has
a dynamic energy flowing through it similar to that of NEW
YORK. Both cities boast such a wonderful history that you can’t
help but immerse yourself in the brilliance; it really stirs
Let’s delve into the new disc aptly titled “REVERIE”.
Did you have a working title during the recording of the album
or did this title seem to tie all the songs together upon its
JANN KLOSE - Most
definitely, I was searching for a state of mind to connect the
tracks, “Reverie” fit perfectly for the mental
environment I was working from, a sort of dream state.
While the songs together do have a common thread I
tried to respect each song individually by conversely letting
the songs lead me to where they wanted to take me.
“Reverie” renders such a
montage of musical grooves, the music and lyrics are as well
traveled as you’ve been in your life; was it difficult to
interweave the planetary styles and sounds into one collection
JANN KLOSE -
I really had so much support in the
making of “Reverie” that it allowed me to easily expand
on the creativity level of each song. This record was precise in
regards to the preparation of the songs before we entered the
studio; that allowed us to go in with the basic tracks in place
and to be emphatically inventive with each song without
compromising the organic feel I was striving for.
This album is truly a collaboration of so many talented
people with whom I’ve been fortunate enough to be associated
with; the contributions of everyone involved have been
colossal. The making of this disc was downright FUN.
The diversity of the arrangements and
melodies are enchanting almost as if we’ve taken the journey
with you; “Hold Me Down” has a rousting reggae beat, while
“Clouds” has a floating tactility jazzed up by the flutter of
the brass section.
One of the most personal and poignant tracks is “Mother
Said, Father Said”, musically it’s as soothing as a lullaby, yet
lyrically it visits a painful period in your life, talk about
revealing that part of yourself through song.
JANN KLOSE -
It was a very much in the moment type of thing, I guess you
don’t really look at it as a revelation when it flows naturally.
The song is about my parents and my relationship with
them, it’s reminiscent of growing up and dealing with their
divorce. Like many children who are raised under those
circumstances it was an extremely confusing time for me. I’ve
always used song and medley for comfort; several of these songs
are written to feel better about someone or something in my
life. Music is a release for me in countless ways and I’m so
very thankful for that outlet.
As a journalist you try not to
make comparisons to other artists but I couldn’t help but notice
the NEIL YOUNG vibe
on the instrumental song “Ithaca”.
I hadn’t really thought of that
but now that you mention it I suppose it makes sense considering
the fact that I was a “HARVEST” junkie for a while. Whether
you’re a musician or not NEIL YOUNG is as influential a
songwriter as you’ll ever find.
I wrote the song when I was in ITHACA it happened to be
a really cold and dreary day when I had an idea for this certain
melody; after playing it on the piano I just had a sense that it
didn’t need any lyrics.
As a band we decided that being an instrumental we
needed to make the melody of the song the strength, our bassist
CHRIS MARLOF had the idea of using his wife who plays the Oboe
on the piece, I just absolutely loved it.
of WNY Rock Rapport would like to Thank JANN KLOSE for his time;
be sure to check out his music @
www.jannklose.com as well as
A very special THANK YOU to our NIGHTLIFE friend ANNE
LEIGHTON for her much appreciated help and support.
****************PEACE and HARMONIES*************