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The Kenya Sessions
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CD

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PING 020CD PING 020CD
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RELEASE DATE
3/15/2011

This is the second album on Pingipung by German drummer/percussionist Sven Kacirek. The Kenya Sessions is an enchanting cooperative mission featuring Kacirek, an experimental drummer and electronic producer, and musicians from Kenya. This album is the result of Sven's extended visit to the country with live and fieldrec sessions which he later processed in his studio in Hamburg. Sven Kacirek plays with local Kenyan stars such as 80 year-old female vocalist Ogoya Nengo, and with Joseph Oganga, who delivers amazing patterns with his nyatiti, a traditional string instrument. It's sometimes difficult to tell the parts recorded in Kenya from those overdubbed by Sven Kacirek himself. His own compilation of marimba, bass drums and brush patterns forms a musical thread that he weaves skillfully into the live sessions -- at times joyfully straight, at times mellow and melancholy. The liner notes by Goetz Steeger illustrate the detailed recording process of this record. Kacirek has a background as a virtuoso jazz drummer. He studied at Drummer's Collective in New York, played several solo shows at the World Drum Festival and has written books on the experimental use of electronics on the drum set. On his solo debut The Palmin Sessions in 2007, he presented his original ambient aesthetics made from silent patterns recorded on paper, wood, or glass surfaces.