This recording captures the inspired atmosphere of Nils Kercher´s concerts. The combination of kora, earthy percussion, melodic vocals, cello and bansuri plus audience interaction features a musician who slides between different cultures to create almost pop songs from ethnical themes without ever loosing their organic natural essence.
“Nils Kercher plays kora with astonishing mastership“ General Anzeiger Bonn / Germany
He switches from skillfull kora playing to groovy djembé sounds, balafon and South African kalimba. The latter weaves the basis for the track „Ah Ye“. The drums of this mellow arrangement for cello and bansuri follow a rhythm traditionally played for the warrior's dance called „doundounba“ in the Hamana region of Guinea.
This illustrates how Nils Kercher often processes traditional themes to form something entirely new. The strength of the arrangements is their suppleness, this is not merely a cultural exchange but a creation of its own style and flavour.
“It's like if the African Classical Music Ensemble, Peter Paul and Mary, and Enya cloned a composite baby from their sonic DNA. In all seriousness though, way to do something different with this music, guys! Somebody's gotta innovate. Rock on.“
A variety of sounds goes through this album. The listener's ears enter frequently a fresh landscape.
One trademark remains Nils´ distinct voice which sometimes soars on a high, almost Gregorianic sounding pitch, before turning into a rhythmical improvisation or a melody sung in West African Mande style. In this recording we hear it blending with Sylvia Laubé´s warm Caribbean timbre and Kira Kaipanen´s Nordic colour.
“The concert made time stand still for two hours“ General Anzeiger Bonn / Germany
The musicians seem to create the sense of tranquility and timelessness of a remote village in the midst of modern world. Interactive compositions with the audience celebrate the fact that music is an ageold means of communication and exchange between humans in everyday life.
In this recording the polyrhythmical background of the track Miniamba is created by the audience.
“an unconventional and great musician... sound wizard“ Main-Rheiner Zeitung / Germany
This CD includes new and sometimes uptempo live versions of many of the songs released on the successful studio album „Ancient Intimations“ in 2009, plus four previously unpublished songs.
The core of this project consists of Nils Kercher (Germany) and Kira Kaipainen (Finland). They share the stage with Sylvia Laubé (France/Caribbean), who toured internationally with Rokia Traore, Angelique Kidjo and Papa Wemba; Samuli Teho Majamäki (Finland), who himself initiated various world music projects and has been extensively working with one of the most successful songwriters of Finnish rock, Ismo Alanko; Thomas Steudel (Germany), who produced albums with Ramesh Shotham; and Stephanie Bosch (Germany), master student of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, one of the most notable classical musicians from India.
Nils Kercher (Germany):
kora - West African harp, djembé, vocals, violin, kalimba, balafon
Kira Kaipainen (Finland):
percussion, bolong, balafon, dance, vocals
Samuli Majamäki (Finnland):
percussion, udu, vocals, gong, harmonium
Sylvia Laubé (Caribbean / France):
vocals, percussion, dance
Stephanie Bosch (Germany):
bansuri - Indian bamboo flute
Thomas Steudel (Germany):
This album comes with a DVD including a short film that outlines some of the best moments of the concert plus three music videos. The first one shows Kira Kaipainen singing in the icecold Nordic winter, the second was shot in a remote village by the Niger river. Nils sings in Soussou, the native language of his friends in Guinea. The third clip is set on a summer meadow in Europe. Each shooting location represents one of the core themes of their art.
total playing time CD: 63:58 min
total playing time DVD: 40:00 min
You can watch an extract of the DVD on Youtube or Nils Kercher´s Homepage.