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NEW ALBUN – CLOSER TO THE SUN – OUT NOW


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November 11 , 2016

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November 6 , 2016

NEW BAND – NEW RECORDING – NEW YORK


Franklin Kiermyer, Jovan Alexandre, Davis Whitfield and Otto Gardner will be back together in NYC working on their new album starting late this November. More info soon.

November 1 , 2016

SOMETHING ELSE! PREMIERS VIDEO OF HELIOCENTRIC FROM CLOSER TO THE SUN


“Kiermyer romps and swings in a controlled fury that few outside of Elvin Jones are capable of doing. Recorded live in the studio with no edits or overdubs, “Heliocentric” and the rest of Closer To The Sun introduces the audacious idea of jazz as a living, breathing thing.”

October 10 , 2016

BIRD IS THE WORM RECOMMENDS CLOSER TO THE SUN


“There’s so much spirit in this music. It’s full of life, and delivers it with a heart-on-the-sleeve sincerity…expressed on his drums and his newest album Closer to the Sun. It’s unleashed with every kind of ferocity there is, and yet by honoring the importance of a well-crafted melody, Kiermyer’s quartet brings each song home to something familiar, a lyrical guidepost of what’s being said and how the conversation is rolled out. You can’t go wrong with this one.”

October 14 , 2016

MARLBANK REVIEWS CLOSER TO THE SUN


Thanks to Marlbank for the new review: “Fans of spiritual jazz will be ticking off the days up to the release of Closer to the Sun, new from drummer Franklin Kiermyer.

September 23 , 2016

BURNING AMBULANCE PREMIERS VIDEO FROM CLOSER TO THE SUN


“Drummer Franklin Kiermyer has been a respected player on the US jazz scene for decades… His latest album, Closer to the Sun, is out November 11. Produced by Kiermyer and Michael Cuscuna… We’re premiering a track from it today. Here’s a video for “For Arthur Rhames.”

September 28 , 2016

CLOSER TO THE SUN REVIEWED ON MUSIC + MORE


“This is a very exciting and rousing jazz album and the energy and urgency of the music make for very compelling listening.”

September 22 , 2016

CLOSER TO THE SUN IN ALL ABOUT JAZZ


“An unquenchable fire, Kiermyer’s drumming a dynamo, turning the liberating physicality of his efforts into a pure energy the band feeds on. The ferocity in which the music is performed is its liberation.”

September 10 , 2016

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produced by Franklin Kiermyer & Michael Cuscuna

Franklin Kiermyer – drums
Lawrence Clark – tenor saxophone
Davis Whitfiled – piano
Otto Gardner – bass

October 1 , 2016

CDS, DOWNLOADS & MORE AT THE NEW STORE


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October 1 , 2016

THE NEW FRANKLIN KIERMYER QUARTET


I’m very pleased to announce that tenor saxophonist Jovan Alexandre has joined with me, Davis Whitfield and Otto Gardner in what I feel is my best band yet. We are all excited to go deeper and further into this music together. Our first performances are slated for late summer, 2016 in NYC. More news about this soon. – FK

June 1 , 2016

MICHAEL CUSCUNA ON THE NEW ALBUM – CLOSER TO THE SUN


“This is a more kinetic, energy oriented space. No matter how hard-pushing Franklin is…it’s it’s own music and it’s of the moment. “

September 1 , 2016

CONCERT AND MASTERCLASS AT BARD COLLEGE


Franklin Kiermyer, drums; Jovan Alexandre, saxophone; John Esposito, piano; Otto Gardner, bass … Monday, April 4, 2016 … Annendale On Hudson, NY

April 4 , 2016

NEW ALBUM – CLOSER TO THE SUN – OUT NOVEMBER 11, 2016


The cuts selected for this album are drawn from recordings made over a five-week period from October 20 to November 20, 2015 in Brooklyn, NY. Lawrence, Davis, Otto and I met each weekday to record for three hours. My heartfelt thanks to Lawrence Clark, Davis Whitfield and Otto Gardner; whose musical and spiritual sharing made this an incredible experience and to the invaluable champion of the music Michael Cuscuna. To all the people that this music may reach, I hope it resonates with you and contributes somehow to your continued well-being. With love and prayers, Franklin Kiermyer

August 15 , 2016

MATT MEREWITZ / FULLY ALTERED MEDIA TO HANDLE MEDIA RELATIONS & MORE


Beginning August 1, 2016, Matt Merewitz and his company, Fully Altered Media, will be assuming media-relations, promotions and some managemebtn duties for Franklin and his label, Mobility Music.

July 1 , 2016

POST PRODUCTION ON NEW ALBUM – CLOSER TO THE SUN – WRAPS


1. Greetings To Pharoah 3:14
2. Unified Space-Time 5:26
3. Ota Benga 7:20
4. Grace 4:21
5. Song For My Daughters 7:02
6. Heliocentric 3:26
7. The Soul Train 4:14
8. Prayer 6:25
9. Emancipation Proclamation 6:09
10. For Arthur Rhames 3:20
11. Mixed Blood 3:40
12. Closer To The Sun 5:51
13. Humanity 4:43

May 25 , 2016

POST PRODUCTION BEGINS ON NEW QUARTET ALBUM DUE OUT FALL 2016


Under the guidance of legendary producer Michael Cuscuna, Tonmeister Walter Quintus and FK have completed the mix, mastering and sequencing of Franklin’s new album entitled Closer To The Sun, due out in the Fall of this year. All the music on this release was prepared with minimal EQ and very little compression. There are no edits or overdubs

January 15 , 2015

FK JOINS C+C DRUMS AS ARTIST ENDORSEE


C&C Drum Co. is a small, independent company based in Gladstone, Missouri and comprised of musicians and craftsmen who share a common bond: the love of music. I’ve had the great good fortune to work with Bill Cardwell, the owner of C+C, and legendary drum maven Gregg Keplinger in designing these new drums.

October 15 , 2015

FK QUARTET BEGINS RECORDING NEW ALBUM


Saxophonist Lawrence Clark, pianist Davis Whitfield and bassist Otto Gardner are working on new music with Franklin Kiermyer at Scholes Street Studio in Brooklyn, NY. They will come together each weekday for five weeks to develop and record new music for a 2016 release.

October 20 , 2015

FK INTERVIEWED IN AUGUST, 2015 ISSUE OF NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD


by John Pietaro

Franklin Kiermyer’s tom-toms thunder across the room as metallic shimmers slice the air, at once rapturous, restless and uncompromising. His limbs dancing over the drumkit, Kiermyer becomes entranced in the music about him, playing a rolling, swinging, free rhythm that speaks as much about the history of jazz drumming as it does the avant school with which he has become associated.

August 1 , 2015

FK INTERVIEWED ON THE JAKE FEINBERG SHOW


by Jake Feinberg

…He feels completely at peace when he’s playing. He might be churning out patterns of hyperbolic rhythms but he is in his yogic state…you need to burn and go beyond the atmosphere because we will be leaving this planet for other worlds. Playing music of the soul is not for the faint of heart…he is not content with being static.

May 4 , 2015

ALL ABOUT JAZZ ARTICLE ONE OF THEIR TOP 15 MOST READ INTERVIEWS OF 2014


by Ian patterson

“For drummer Franklin Kiermyer “the tradition”— his tradition—encompasses not so much a style of music as the intent behind making it and the experience of sharing it. For Kiermyer, music is both the message and the messenger.”

January 24 , 2015

FURTHER RANKED NUMBER 3 OVERALL IN CHLY-FM YEAR-END TOP 100 IN ALL GENRES


“28,543 music tracks played during the 18 hr reporting day. 6135 tracks were marked as new releases. (defined as within 6 months of the official release). In aggregate the genres of the new music tell you a little about what you are more likely to hear on CHLY.”

January 15 , 2015

FURTHER REVIEWED ON EXYSTENCE


“A cohesive work that is both transcendent and crackles with a visceral vitality. The seamless blend of the provocative and the sacred is exquisite and borders on perfection.”

January 7 , 2015

THE WIRE CHOOSES FURTHER ONE OF THE TEN BEST RELEASES OF 2014


The Wire’s review of the last 12 months in underground music and audio culture – 2014 REWIND – with 30 pages of charts, essays and reflections from critics and musicians guiding you through the releases, trends and debates of 2014.

January 1 , 2015

FURTHER REVIEWED IN CITIZEN JAZZ – FRANCE


by Denis Desassis

“Le quartet impose le respect et hisse haut les couleurs d’un jazz dont on finit par ne plus savoir s’il appartient au passé ou s’il continue de vivre au présent. Non seulement Franklin Kiermyer est un batteur à la très forte présence, un technicien du foisonnement, mais il est entouré de musiciens qui parlent la même langue et partagent un même élan spirituel. Leur chant choral mérite l’attention”

September 1, 2014

THIRD GUEST ARTICLE IN CANADIAN MUSICIAN


THE SPIRIT OF DRUMMING – INTENTION by Franklin Kiermyer

“In music, like everything else, result follows intention. What you are trying to do defines your actions and your actions create the result. In other words, great things don’t usually happen by accident. It’s also true that the more we understand why we are trying to do something, the more likelihood we’ll accomplish it. That’s because the real power of intention is activated by feeling righteous about your motivation.”

November/December 2014

FURTHER REVIEWED IN TANDEM WITH NEW AZAR LAWRENCE ALBUM IN JAZZTIMES


by Thomas Conrad

“Further is more unified and wilder. No genre of art stays new forever, but some forms are permanently revolutionary, such as the sublime sonic tempests of late Coltrane. It is the Coltrane of albums like Meditations to which Further pays tribute. Kiermyer’s drumming is maniacal, a continuous catharsis.”

November 9, 2014