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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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Mobility Music (2014)

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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. The music is extremely powerful and emotionally resonant.” - Tim Niland/JAZZANDBLUES.BLOGSPOT.COM

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“Kiermyer plays with volcanic authority.” Dan Ouellette / DOWN BEAT

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“His writing is fiercely primal and his drumming ferocious, unbridled...” Fred Bouchard / JAZZIZ

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“Passion, power and pride...An unstinting drive, a bracing and uplifting incantory quality.” Gene Kalbacher / CMJ NEW MUSIC REPORT

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“Absolutely amazing stuff!” Michael Cuscuna / BLUENOTE - IMPULSE - VERVE - MOSAIC

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“...a galvanizing player and highly original composer... superb intuition and intelligence.” Parry Gettelman / ORLANDO SENTINEL

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“...a striking new voice of the jazz vanguard...a daring composer...” Sam Prestianni/ SAN FRANCISCO WEEKLY

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“...he is a polyrhythmic whirlwind...this is the real thing... marvelous, powerfully affirmative music.” Bill Tilland / OPTION

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“...enough to make you believe that music can still be frightening as well as sacred.” John Szwed / THE VILLAGE VOICE

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“Kiermyer plays (and composes) with an almost evangelical belief in jazz as a form of pure inspiration.” David Hajdu / ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

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“Blessed with the ecstatic quality of Kiermyer's free-bop attack... drummer Franklin Kiermyer is that rare 90's jazzman.” David Fricke / ROLLING STONE

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“Kiermyer is a give-no-quarter kind of drummer for whom the word intense would be too mild. He Burns.” Karl Stark / THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

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“...volatile drumming, full of tornado cycles and cascade shimmers.” John Diliberto / CD REVIEW

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“...total commitment by an artist who is searching and growing in a way not often heard in jazz in the last 30 years.” S.D. Feeney / FACE MAGAZINE

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“Kiermyer supercharges spiritual modality...I predict it won't be long before he's a headliner.” Herb Boyd / DOWN BEAT

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“...I haven't heard anyone drum with so much brazenly savage virtuositysince Elvin Jones pounded a hole through the firmament on John Coltrane's Sun Ship.” Tim Powis / EYE MAGAZINE

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“Kiermyer sounds like Elvin Jones and Rashied Ali wrapped up into a furious, thunderous package; he must be one of the most exciting and intense drummers around.” Linton Chiswick / THE WIRE

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“...a jazz master at work...as forceful as a thunderstorm...a terrific band...” Stephen Israel / TIMES HERALD RECORD

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“a great album...extraordinary...introduces a new player to the jazz elite.” Miguel Rocha / CAMPUS ACCESS

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“An explosive player with incredible endurance...remarkably intense.” the editors / DRUM!

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“such beauty and energy, I kept turning the volume knob higher and higher.” Mark Corroto / SOS JAZZ

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“Kiermyer is a drummer who follows his own muse, creating a sound of yearning and revelation...derived from an intensely personal sensibility.” Sid Gribetz / JAZZ TIMES

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“...a journey in the Sun Ship to heights of spiritual experience through music... captures that mystical ecstasy with magnificent aplomb” the editors / JAZZIZ

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“...fiery, emotional spirituals...” Dick Bogle / PORTLAND NEWS

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“Imagine if drummer Elvin Jones and Pianist McCoy Tyner had not left the John Coltrane Quartet in early 1966 and had spent another year with the great saxophonist; it might have sounded something like this.” Scott Yanow / L.A. JAZZ SCENE

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“In my more irrational moments I've convinced myself that when God invented jazz he was hoping it might wind up sounding something like this.” Tim Powis / EYE MAGAZINE

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“...commanding presence...Franklin Kiermyer is driven.” Matt Galloway / NOW MAGAZINE

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“One of the most emotionally charged recordings I've heard in years... packs such a punch it's just a bit difficult to talk about with mere words...you won't find anything better than this date.” Chris Hovan / JAZZ & BLUES REPORT

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“Fiery...it explodes and takes you for a ride. The playing is superb.” Bob Margolis / MTV - VH1.COM

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“The avant quarters of the jazz world are all abuzz over drummer Franklin Kiermyer, and it's a good thing.” K. Leander Williams / DOWN BEAT

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“...confident, full-throttle drumming. Even the most secular ears should find Kiermyer compelling.” Brent Grulke / OPTION

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“This is a monumental album...Franklin Kiermyer's Solomon's Daughter” Greg Tate / VIBE

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“Drummer Franklin Kiermyer supplies Pharoah Sanders with some of the tenor man's most memorable sideman dates of his entire career while also providing a forum for Sanders' best playing in seemingly decades of recordings.” L. Donohue-Greene / ONE FINAL NOTE

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“...a work of unquestionable integrity...” Chris Kelsey / JAZZ NOW

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“The most excitingly dynamic debut by a young jazz voice I've heard in recent years.” Norman Weinstein / DISC RESPECT (The Record Exchange)

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“...pushing each other past the red-line uprising heights of ecstasy. Ecstasy is the operative word.” Dave Luhrssen / THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL

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“...Visionary...(Kiermyer has) landed himself in the land of jazz titans.” James Lien / CMJ NEW MUSIC REPORT

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