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The Kenya Sessions

by Sven Kacirek

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Turkey Dance 05:40
On The Coast 00:47
Lamu Sunsail 02:45
Mariae 03:46
Paperflowers 06:48


Sven Kacirek studied drums and marimba at the conservatory in Arnhem/NL, at the Musikhochschule in Hamburg and at the Drummers Collective in New York City. Besides his cooperation with musicians and bands like Hauschka, F.S. Blumm, Stefan Schneider, Jan Dvorak, Jan Plewka, Martin Bisi, Alexander Schubert and Uwe Haas, Sven has composed and performed music for modern dance theatre pieces and contemporary ballet. He worked with choreographers like Angela Guerreiro, Filip van Huffel, Antje Pfundtner, Johnny Lloyd among others. In 2009 Sven Kacirek composed the soundtrack of the movie »Five Ways to Dario« by Dario Aguirre.

For »The Kenya Sessions«, Sven Kacirek traveled through Kenya, equipped with loads of microphones. On this album we find recordings of Kenyan singers and musicians carefully composed to a flow of 15 pieces mixed with Percussion-, Marimba- and Piano-elements. What strikes most while listening is the outstanding quality of the recordings and the accuracy of Sven’s work. It’s hard to tell which elements are added via overdub and what was recorded in Kenya which results in a very organic listening experience. That’s when a »drumming Kenyan community’s welcome ceremony« gently forms into the track »Dear Anastasia« sung by 80 year old Kenyan women Ogoya Nengo. Sven’s sensitivity for »the gentle tone« which could cast a spell on the listener already on »The Palmin Sessions«, gets lifted to a whole new level on this Kenyan cooperation


released February 1, 2011


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Sven Kacirek Hamburg, Germany

Sven Kacirek played with Shabaka Hutchings, Marc Ribot, John McEntire, Sofia Jernberg, Stefan Schneider, Nils Frahm, Ogoya Nengo, Hauschka, F.S. Blumm, Alexander Schubert, Bernd Begemann, Samy Deluxe, a.o.

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