dynamic jazz septet "KRIYA"captivates audiences everywhere
with their soul-stirring compositions, creating vivid and ever
changing musical landscapes. Refining their sound since the
early 80s, the group also features cutting-edge reconstructions
of timeless jazz standards. Listeners are treated to styles
and influences ranging from swung, modal and ECM-styles to Latin
and West African strains.
piano, voice, West African balafon, alto flute
drums, West African djun djuns, dumbek
acoustic and fretless electric bass
percussion, talking drum
Gene Burkert and Colin Wenhardt
soprano, alto, & tenor saxophones, C & alto flutes,
band members of "KRIYA"are the most highly sought
after musicians for contemporary Bay Area jazz projects and
are composers in their own right. Their extensive performing,
touring, and recording credits include jazz legends: Michael
Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Wynton Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Joe Henderson,
Paul McCandless, Jimmy Heath, Joey Baron, Trilok Gurtu, Clark
Terry, J.J. Johnson, Phil Woods, Eddie Harris, Marc Johnson,
Billy Childs, Larry Coryell, Charlie Hunter, Maria Schneider,
and vocalists Jon Hendricks, Mark Murphy, Kitty Margolis and
Michael Smolens is a highly skilled writer whose works
recall Miles Davis ESP period as well as the exoticism
of groups like Oregon.
Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle
Smolens pieces are notable for their originality
and beautifully spacious arrangements...we recommend keeping
an eye out for live performances by "Kriya"or one
of his other line-ups.
Brooke, Critics Choice SF Weekly
"A treasure-trove of musical riches."
Spangler, Producer and host of
Sees Sunday Nights Sweets
No ordinary composer...Smolens gives a broad palette from
which to paint luminous ECM-like textures.
Hildebrand, East Bay Express