Franklin Kiermyer

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Franklin Kiermyer
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Background information
Born (1956-07-21) 21 July 1956 (age 61)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments drums
Website official website

Franklin Kiermyer (born 21 July 1956 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian drummer, composer and bandleader who came to prominence in the 1990s during his long residency in New York City. Kiermyer's work is inspired by a variety of spiritual musics including the late period of John Coltrane and his quartet of McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones and Jimmy Garrison.[1] Kiermyer’s album Solomon’s Daughter, featuring saxophonist and Coltrane band member Pharaoh Sanders, received a great deal of media attention and helped establish his reputation as a drummer and band leader.[2] Known mostly for his particularly expansive style of drumming and the passionate spiritual focus of his music, he has performed and recorded with spiritual musicians from other cultures, like T.V. Gopalakrishan, as well as many leading figures in jazz.


As leader
  • Break down the Walls (1992, Konnex)
  • In the House of My Fathers (1993, Konnex)
  • Solomon’s Daughter (1994, Evidence)
  • Kairos (1995, Evidence)
  • Auspicious Blazing Sun (1999, Sunship)
  • Sanctification (1999, Sunship)
  • Great Drum of the Secret Mirror (2002, Sunship)
  • Further (2014, Mobility Music)
  • Closer To The Sun (2016, Mobility Music)


  1. ^ Patterson, Ian. "Franklin Kiermyer: Joy And Consequence". All About Jazz. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Franklin Kiermyer Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 

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