An anchor musician on the Spotted Peccary label, Greg Klamt has become internationally known for his contemporary, neo-classical compositions of symphonic orchestration backed by driving electronic and percussive rhythms, and expansive atmospheric textures. With his debut release Fulcrum, he helped to seed the label’s dedication to the expansion of new American music based on the experiences and impressions of life in North America. He is continuing this tradition with his following project, Fluxus Quo.
Klamt’s involvement in his musical projects extends beyond just the composition and performance. Greatly influenced by his background as a visual artist, he becomes immersed in the entire work, resulting in a multi-dimensional work of unique and personal art.
His compositional style is a result of some of the same approaches and feelings he applies to his fine art. Thus, his music is highly visual, depicting sonic illustrations of the landscapes of the imagination. Working by intuition and experimentation, Greg creates pieces that are transportational as well as transformational, taking the listener on a journey of images and moods. Some pieces are somber, dark and reflective, while others are much lighter, upbeat and inspirational. He seeks to create a balance of opposing forces in each of his projects.
Although Greg considers himself a native of Southern California, a large part of his childhood was spent living and traveling in Micronesia and Europe. This exposure to diverse artistic, cultural, and musical influences helped form the various creative energies necessary to create his musical/artistic projects. Influences from his studies of ancient Chinese philosophy weave a unique spirituality into his work.
While his compositions are inspired by many different styles of music, the original roots of his work lay in the influence of the early electronic composers Brian Eno, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Cluster, Kitaro, Klaus Schulze, Mark Isham, among others. Though his music is often classified as “New Age”, the roots were growing long before this ambiguous title came along. His eclectic style is also derived from the influences of various classical, ancient and world, folk, and progressive rock music forms.