The Kenya Sessions

Sven Kacirek. The Kenya Sessions

Released by Altin Village & Mine
AVM044 - 2LP

Release Dates
Worldwide: Feb 24, 2012


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, 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. read more...

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Drummer and marimba man Sven Kacirek's reputation has been built on the jazz side of things, so The Kenya Sessions comes as a welcome new tangent. The 15 sessions are the result of field recordings - several major local artists appear, including vocalist ogoya Nengo and nyaytiti (a kind of Benga lute) Okumo Korengo - that have been reworked back home in Hamburg. Kacirek's compositional presence is audible here, but in much of this, he allows the Kenyan music to do ist own work. "Maria", which includes a melodic motif of local singers from Kwale - a bit of spontaneous recording - is a closely patterned hocketed work that recalls Steve Reich. Far from being a simple series of impressions - all the Kenyans here are rightly credited as co_authors and collaborators - ist fascination endures.

Wire

Great experimental work this, the second such journey in percussion from Sven Kacirek who took his recording rig to Kenya and captured some amazing field noise and ... later processed in his studio in Hamburg. Sven Kacirek plays with local Kenyan stars such as 80 year-old female vocalist Ogoya Nengo, or with Okumo Korengo, who delivers amazing patterns with his "Nyatiti", a traditional string instrument. The results are resonant, haunted, tingling like the recent Congrotronics refix sessions.

Bleep

Dieses Album schleicht sich absolut sympathisch über die Beine, den Gürtel und den Rücken ein in die westlich geprägten Hörgänge.

De:bug

Irgendwo zwischen Easy Listening, Jazz und historischen Vorstudien zu Techno. Eine Platte, die man mit gutem Gewissen wirklich jedem empfehlen kann.

Skug

Ein Album-Highlight, das man nicht zu spät entdecken kann.

Intro

Eine hochspannende Platte voller Zwischenräume ist das Ergebnis, ein fernes Land gehört mit nahen Ohren.

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Sven Kacirek Elsewhere

All releases by Sven Kacirek:

The Kenya Encores The Kenya Encores
by Sven Kacirek Pingipung
7”/Digital - Nov 04, 2016
Songs From Okinawa Songs From Okinawa
by Sven Kacirek Pingipung
CD/Digital/LP - Nov 20, 2015
Scarlet Remix EP Scarlet Remix EP
by Sven Kacirek Pingipung
- Oct 08, 2012
Scarlet Pitch Dreams Scarlet Pitch Dreams
by Sven Kacirek Pingipung
CD/Digital/LP - Apr 20, 2012
The Kenya Sessions The Kenya Sessions
by Sven Kacirek Altin Village & Mine
2LP - Feb 24, 2012
The Kenya Reworks The Kenya Reworks
by Sven Kacirek Pingipung
10”/Digital - Jun 24, 2011
The Kenya Sessions The Kenya Sessions
by Sven Kacirek Pingipung
CD/Digital/2LP - Feb 21, 2011
The Palmin Sessions The Palmin Sessions
by Sven Kacirek Pingipung
CD/Digital - Feb 05, 2007

Sven Kacirek. The Kenya Sessions

Altin Village & Mine - AVM044

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, 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.
This is the first time „The Kenya Sessions“ will be available on Vinyl, licensed from the german label Pingipung.
For „The Kenya Sessions“, Sven Kacirek traveled through Kenya, equipped with loads of microphones. A pretty solid idea. On „The Kenya Sessions“ 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 ...

Cat.no.: AVM044
Format: 2LP

Tracklisting

1
1. Arsenal Aluny Village
2. Old Man Small Studio
3. Walk To Rangala
4. Dear Anastasia
5. Kayamba Tuc Tuc
6. Turkey Dance
7. Too Good To Be True
8. On The Coast
9. Lamu Sunsail

2
10. Maria¨
11. Paperflowers
12. Headphones & Headdress
13. Vuvuzela in White
14. Trickled Away
15. Takaye Preaching
16. Kayamba Fever

Release Dates:
Feb 24, 2012 (Worldwide)