co de kloet

Radio producer Co de Kloet has done various interviews with Frank Zappa. To celebrate Frank Zappa's 50th birthday, he did a special 4 hour radio show dedicated to the music of Frank Zappa. Parts of this show got released as "The Supplement tape".

Co de Kloet has done numerous Zappa related projects. He was the man behind the "200 Motels, The Suites" concerts that were part of the Holland Festival, and he has produced quite a number with The Metrople Orkest.

  • Steve Vai & The Metropole Orkest
  • Mike Keneally & The Metropole Orkest
  • Terry Bozzio & The Metropole Orkest
  • Adrian Belew & The Metropole Orkest
  • George Duke & The Metropole Orkest (with Napoleon Murphy Brock as special guest)

His musical output with collaborator Menno Kalmann also links to the Zappa & Beefheart universe: Don Van Vliet can be heared on the de Kloet / Kalmann "Goyang Pantat" album, and yheir latest release, "Hardcore Ambience", has Steve Vai as executive producer.


Co de Kloet was a special guest at the 22nd edition of the Zappanale festival, August 2011. He did a multi media project with Gary Lucas on 2011/08/19, and he announced Ike Willis during the Project/Object set on 2011/08/20.

August 2012, Co de Kloet returned to the Zappanale festival to bring "The Supplement Tape Live", a radio show on a festival stage. The show featured Gary Lucas and Co de Kloet as special guests. The picture on the right shows George Duke and Co de Kloet as part of "The Supplement Tape Live". Picture by Mick Zeuner.

The January 2013 edition of Jazzism magazine include a CD that was compiled by Co de Kloet. The album included unreleased pieces by a.o. Steve Vai and Todd Rundgren.



  co de kloet & menno kalmann: hardcore ambience
    (2006, cd, usa, favored nations fn2570 2) - executive producer: steve vai

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mike keneally: scambot 1
    (2009, 2cd, usa, exowax ex-2410) - limited, numbered edition with bonus disc

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mike keneally: scambot 1
    (2009, cd, usa, exowax ex-2410)

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  various artists: jazzism - colive!
    (2013, cd, nl, radio 6 / ntr / jazzism) - feat. mike keneally, napoleon murphy brock & steve vai

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Co de Kloet & Menno Kalmann

(executive producer: Steve Vai)


Co de Kloet and Menno Kalmann “Hardcore Ambience” CD

The adventurous Dutch musical team of Co de Kloet and Menno Kalmann has been creating ethereal, atmospheric compositions together since becoming friends in high school.

As a veteran producer for Dutch Public Radio NPS, de Kloet has worked with an amazing collection of the world’s finest musicians: Brian Eno, Frank Zappa, Todd Rundgren, Captain Beefheart, Laurie Anderson, and Steve Vai. Kalmann’s multi-instrumental diversity gives the group a limitless palette of colorful textures to paint across a broad sonic canvas with both sweeping strokes and precise detail.

The intentionally oxymoronic title of Hardcore Ambience is not a coincidence, but a mission statement for the project’s ingenious fusion of seemingly different elements: lush yet intimate atmospheres, carefully crafted compositions with completely improvised passages, and live studio performances alongside grand productions. To help capture the various emotional sensations, the pair recorded in a wide range of settings: from the intimacy of a living room to the grandness of a church or the pastoral setting of a wilderness.

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Monday, august 6, 2007, at the Groothandelsgebouw in Rotterdam, a series of short movies about Rotterdam will be shown. The project is entitled "Movies With A View".

One of these short movies is "Distant City Sounds". Originally a piece on Co de Kloet & Menno Kalmann's "Hardcore Ambience" album, it has been transformed by Co and Menno into a movie!!





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