Eyvind Kang

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Eyvind Kang
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Eyvind Kang live with Rova: Orchestrova's Electric Ascension in Saalfelden, 2009. Photo by Davide Leonardi
Background information
Genres jazz
Instruments Violin, Tuba, Erhu
Eyvind Kang, moers festival 2010

Eyvindur (Eyvind) Kang (b. Corvallis, Oregon, United States, 1971[1]), is an American composer, violist, violinist, tuba, and erhu player. He was raised in Canada and the United States, and has since lived and worked in countries ranging from Italy to Iceland.

Kang's work is difficult to classify, but can broadly be seen as a classical approach to jazz music with punk, ambient, and traditional folk influences. However, each of his solo efforts is almost in a different genre. Kang has also worked with musicians including Mike Patton, John Zorn, Trey Spruance, Sunn O))), Tim Young, Marc Ribot and Beck, supporting the latter during a 2000 tour of Japan. In addition, he has been a guest musician on many albums, including Bill Frisell's Quartet (1996)[2] and 858 Quartet with music written by Frisell based on the paintings of the German artist Gerhard Richter,[3] Secret Chiefs 3's Book M and playing the viola on five of Laura Veirs' albums.

A recurring theme in his solo work is the "NADE", the meaning of which Kang is not willing to disclose. Referring titles include "Theme from the first NADE", "5th NADE/Invisible Man", "Theme from the sixth NADE" (all three from the debut album 7 NADEs, 1996); "Jewel of the NADE", "Mystic NADE" (both from Theater of Mineral NADEs, 1998) and "Harbour of the NADE" (Virginal Co-ordinates, 2003). His preferred instrument is the viola.

Incomplete discography[edit]

  • Dancing Flowers / Universal Indians [RGI Industries] (1995)
  • 7 NADEs [Tzadik Records] (1996)
  • Sweetness of Sickness [RGI Industries] (1996/9)
  • Dying Ground [Avant] (1998)
  • Theatre of Mineral NADEs [Tzadik Records] (1998)
  • Pieces of Time [Line 4/Spool] (1999)
  • MBEK (with Michael Bisio) [Meniscus Records] (2000)
  • The Story of Iceland [Tzadik Records] (2000)
  • In the Path of Love (with Amir Koushkani) (2001)
  • Live Low To The Earth In The Iron Age [Abduction] (2002)
  • napoli 23 [Smekkleysa] (2002)
  • Virginal Co Ordinates [Ipecac Recordings] (2003)
  • Orchestra Dim Bridges (with Tucker Martine) [Conduit] (2004)
  • Socket - Jan.14-15 [Amulet] (2005)
  • "Æstuarium (with Jessika Kenney) [Endless Records] (2005)
  • Athlantis [Ipecac Recordings] (2007)
  • The Yelm Sessions [Tzadik Records] (2007)
  • The Narrow Garden [Ipecac Recordings] (2012)
  • "Visible Breath" [Ideologic Organ] (2012)
  • "The Face of the Earth" (with Jessika Kenney) [Ideologic Organ] (2012)
  • "Grass" [Tzadik Records] (2012)
  • "Alastor, Book of Angels Volume 21" [Tzadik Records] (2014)

Guest appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Art of the States: Eyvind Kang
  2. ^ Kelman, John (2010-07-12). "Norwegian Road Trip, Part 2: Kongsberg Jazz, July 9–10, 2010". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  3. ^ Kelman, John (2005-01-21). "CD/LP Review: Richter 858". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  • Zorn, John, ed. (2000). Arcana: Musicians on Music. New York: Granary Books/Hips Road. ISBN 1-887123-27-X.

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