NILS & KIRA
An Evening with Nils Kercher and Kira Kaipainen
Monksilver, West Somerset TA4 4JE
Saturday 13 October
7.30 pm (Doors open 7pm)
£10 on the door £8 advance
No card payments on the door
Advance tickets on sale at Eventbrite:
There will be a bar
Plenty of car parking
EMN Hall Website
Promoted by Conscious Connections
Nils Kercher's Ancient Pulse Music played on kora, balafon, guitar, djembe with astounding vocals. Enchanting world music - a lyrical blend of rhythm and voice, fusing musical cultures in universal songs.
The singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Nils Kercher draws inspiration from the social music of West Africa and the more introspective Nordic world. He and his Finnish partner, Kira Kaipainen, weave a unique musical tapestry with balafon, djembe and kora, a twenty-one stringed West African harp. Kira's soft voice blends with Nils' highly expressive, soaring vocals in songs and rhythms that are gently lyrical but pulsate with energy, are always heartfelt and seem to reach for a sacred space of sound that's rarely encountered.
Nils Kercher is 'a world class musical free spirit with no equal'.
First UK Tour October 2018
From Bonn in Germany and Helsinki in Finland via Guinea and Senegal.
Nils Kercher Website
Tuuli Itkee - Beethoven Chamber Music Hall, Bonn 2016
Nils Vocal - Berlin 2017
Unbroken Spell - Filmed on Gorée Island, Senegal
Nils Kercher's album 'Suku - Your Life Is Your Poem' was well received and reviewed in World Music Magazines:
'A wonderful new album . . . Great tracks brimming with kora and fantastic vocals'.
(DJ Ritu - BBC Radio)
'This is a most accomplished CD . . . I really like this disc. I listen to it regularly, It's a great pleasure. "
(DJ Didier Melon, Belgium)
'A beautifully crafted dream-world of shifting rhythms and many layered voices.'
'A relaxed and authentic singing style which carries the lyrics well and, most importantly of all, he has something to say . . . This is no cut-and-paste exercise but a genuine fusion. . . Often sounding as if it comes from [Peter Gabriel's] Real World catalogue. I suspect that this will encourage more people to listen to the kora.'
'Highly complex music that is very tightly arranged . . . You keep discovering new subtleties, even after repeated listening. The arrangements are extremely clever and the sound quality at the highest technical standard . . . Nils Kercher proves that he can be considered as one of the outstanding World Music artists. Recommended!'
(Musik an Sich)
Reviews of The Nils Kercher Band:
'An inspiring example of what World Music can be . . . Stirring, poignant. [There was a] highly charged atmosphere in the hall.'
(Neue Westfälische Zeitung, Bielefeld)
'Dense and excitingly varied sound [from a] virtuoso kora player . . . [Songs] that immediately sweep the listener away."
(Radio Kultur, Germany)
'Nils Kercher and his ensemble were fascinating . . . Improvisational elements, familiar from jazz, brief virtuoso passages, textured sounds fit to inspire composers like Ludevico Einaudi, and then deep drum beats that reverberate in the belly. Everything fused into a unique and strange, yet very appealing music that erupted from one breath to the next, from filigree lightness to thrilling drama.'
(Badische Neueste Nachrichten - Regional Newspaper, Karlsruhe)