Born in 1970, Steven Kamperman started playing clarinet at the age of nine.
In 1991 he won second prize at the Dutch Middelsee Jazz concours with Trio Hip.
In 1998 he was invited to make the first Dutch Young VIP-tour with his group
Since 1998, as a result of his interest in ethnic folk music, Kamperman has performed with musicians of many ethnic backgrounds in the Global Village Orchestra, his own project M.O.T (African groove improvisation), Compasión, the succesful Serbian brassband Carlama Orkestar, and several other ensembles. He also performed as a regular member of several modern improvisation ensembles, including Bigtet Tetzepi and Paul Pallesen’s Bite the Gnatze.
In 2002, he co-founded the Turkish-Dutch World Jazz ensemble Baraná with singer Behsat Üvez , as a result of a successful composition and performance commissioned by Music Meeting Nijmegen. This first Baraná-concert was broadcast by Dutch radio and TV and later issued on CD as well. Subsequently, Baraná conceived of several well-received projects: Ileriye anilar (2006, Baraná & Co), Gül ve Bülbül (2008, Baraná Trio), Modes et Maqams (2009, Baraná Trio with Valentin Clastrier & Carlo Rizzo), Sarap (2010, Baraná Quintet), andXenopolis (2011, with Ceylan Ertem). Since 2009, due to its outstanding results, Baraná has been receiving support from the Dutch Fund for Performing Arts.
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