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Kuria Suite

By Bergen Big Band

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By Bergen Big Band, Knut Kristiansen, and Lars Storck. By Jan Kare Hystad, Ivar Kolve, Knut Kristiansen, Lars Storck, and Traditional. Jazz. Listening CD. Published by Naxos (NX.GRCD4498).

Item Number: NX.GRCD4498

Kristiansen's inspired Kuria-inspired suite In 1990 jazz pianist Knut Kristiansen was engaged to document the music of the Kuria people in Nyanza, Kenya. This work resulted in a book and a music cassette, which is now being issued in a remastered version as a CD. The Kuria music impressed Kristiansen deeply. When he was commissioned to write a work to be played by Bergen Big Band at the Vossa Jazz Festival in 2011, he decided to immerse himself more fully in the material, and to use it as a point of departure for the work. "I wanted this to be primarily a jazz record, not a record with jazz musicians playing African music," says Kristiansen. "So my first and greatest source of inspiration, in addition to the Kuria material, was Duke Ellington's suites for big bands. I have been listening to these since I was young." The concert in Voss was a resounding success, and now, at last, a studio recording of the work is available.

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