Dutch jazz trio Kapok loves to venture off the beaten path. In their trademark lineup of horn, guitar and drums, the band sets off in search of new sounds and rhythms. Kapok makes free, wild, adventurous music somewhere between jazz, rock and improvisation, and there is always a possibility that they play something completely different than planned. In order to record their debut album Flatlands, Kapok spent two intensive weeks together in the famous Kytopia studio in Utrecht, the Netherlands. They invited a number of guest musicians to join them, including Dutch jazz legend Ernst Glerum on double bass, percussionist Joshua Samson and the Ragazze String Quartet. Together, they composed and improvised, and the results were recorded on analog tape machines. Flatlands is a diverse and unusual album, that has been enthusiastically received by audience and press alike. Last Saturday, Kapok won the final of 2012's Dutch Jazz Competition, thus earning themselves a performance at this year's North Sea Jazz Festival.