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Franklin Kiermyer

Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: July 21, 1956    

Franklin Kiermyer

”I feel that music can open our awareness. That’s what I want the music to do. We all come from someplace powerful – we just need to find that place inside. My goal is to rest in that openness and let go. The more I practice this, the more my natural faith develops. The music finds its strength in that. That’s what Ii want to share.

I think most musicians come up playing more from a stylistic tradition, but I needed to find a way that would work for me. I’ve always learned a lot from my contemporaries and the great musicians that have come before, but I’ve been more interested in how the music felt, rather than its history. I looked for the music that moved me the most and tried to understand how it worked. My goal was always to feel both free and grooving – to get the music to feel both spontaneous and grounded at the same time. I knew that I’d have to find my own way of having that feeling when I play. Learning a musical language was a help to get that happening, but never an end in itself. It took me a long time to get to what I considered the bottom-line.”...
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    Franklin Kiermyer: Further

    Mobility Music
    2014
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    Further

    Mobility Music
    2014
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    Auspicious Blazing Sun

    Konnex Records
    1999
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    Kairos

    Nova Records
    1996
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    Solomon's Daughter

    Nova Records
    1994
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    In The House Of My Fathers

    Nova Records
    1993

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”Further has shaken me...art worthy of repeated contemplation, songs that function as prayers as much as they function as the catalytic altar calls. These guys bring it and those of us with ears, all throughout heaven and earth, are blessed to receive these sounds.” - Anthony Dean-Harris/NEXTBOP

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“Drummer Franklin Kiermyer's new “Further”...soaring beauty and soul spoken in the timeless language of 1960s John Coltrane; it's the godstruth real thing, “Transition” meets “Expression” at ”Impressions.” - Greg Burke/METALJAZZ

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“Kiermyer is on a musical spiritual journey of grounded spontaneous discovery and transcendent rapture with his 2014 album Further” - Kerilie McDowall/Rhythmaning-CHLY

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“Drummer Franklin Kiermyer takes the legacy of the great spiritual jazz players like Pharoah Sanders and John Coltrane and brings the sound into the 21st century with this excellent album of challenging and bracing jazz...

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