DEBWEWIN PROJECT, 2022

DEBWEWIN Album Project: 13 SONGS for 13 MOONS

DEBWEWIN is an Anishinaabemowin expression that describes one's "heart-truth." The project is guided by Turtle Island Indigenous mentors and friends, in good-minded collaboration.  This diverse collection of songs expresses Kenny's feelings and thoughts about the importance of acting on reconciliation, moving towards more respect, care and protection for life on Earth. 

Each song will be released one month apart for 13 moons, culminating in a complete album to be released in spring 2022.

 

DEBWEWIN SONGS

Flower Moon RELEASE: MAY 2021

"Let's Turn The World Around" is a Motown-inspired song of love, diversity, inclusion, courage, and renewal."

First single from the album DEBWEWIN - 13 Songs for 13 Moons, 2022. Debwewin is an Anishinaabe expression referring to one's "heart-truth." Miigwech shkakimikwe. 

Kenny Kirkwood - voice, piano, saxophones  // Laurel Minnes - voice // 
Michael Herring – electric bass  //Dave Clark – drum kit  
Recorded by Joe Lapinski, WOW! Recording Studio, St. Catharines ON 
Mixed by Joe Lapinski  // Mastered by Fedge
Co-Produced by Kenny Kirkwood, Joe Lapinski, 2019 - 2021

Available on Spotify and all streaming platforms.

 

HEARTBERRY MOON RELEASE: JUNE 2021

“Spirit You” is a lilting bossa nova dedicated to Kenny's dad, who taught him how men can communicate with a good mind and build healthy male relationships that strengthen a family and community. "The lyrics describe those feelings of comfort, confidence and connection, which I truly wish for all future generations on our Earth."

The music video features the art of Jonathan Green, world renowned Gullah painter and gay African American activist, curated/animated by videographer Carlos Coronado.

The second single release from Kirkwood’s DEBWEWIN Heart-Truth album project featuring Kenny (vocals, sax), Louis Simao (acoustic guitar, bass) and Anthony Michelli (drums, mixing). Voice recorded by Joe Lapinski //
Mixed by Anthony Michelli // Mastered by Fedge // Co-Produced by Kenny Kirkwood, Joe Lapinski, 2019 - 2021

Available on Spotify and all streaming platforms.

raspberry moon release - JULY 2021

A thought provoking soul-anthem for peace on Earth, Kirkwood’s beautifully honest, forward focused lyrics in “A Oneness Without Sides” are showcased by a supremely talented and lauded collective of Toronto area musicians. Alongside Kirkwood, Gemini Award-nominated actor, singer, and activist Alana Bridgewater lends her powerfully soulful vocals to a string arrangement by Andrew Downing, with Michael Occhipinti on guitar, Carlie Howell on bass and Dave Clark on drums; the track was mixed by Joe Lapinski, and mastered by FEDGE.

“This song reflects my journey to acknowledge the heart-wrenching truths about global capitalism and environmental damage,” I wrote “A Oneness Without Sides” in 2002, during a time of tremendous personal growth and a gig with Gord Downie. "Now, in 2021, there is tremendous opportunity for Canadians for collective human healing. Let's work out reconciliation together."

Available on Spotify and all streaming platforms.

Thimbleberry moon Release, Aug 2021

A Teaching Song - not for financial profit or fame, for educational use. ©2009-2021 Kenny Kirkwood SOCAN. Revised in 13 yrs ongoing consultation/collaboration with diverse group of Haudenosaunee language speakers, longhouse members, storytellers, educators, and families.  Support Indigenous languages in your area – listen, speak, promote, fund.  Learn more about democracy and peacemaking to protect the world for all children.

Kenny Kirkwood – voice, piano, djembe, saxophones
Featuring The Ollivanders (Martin Isaacs – lead guitar; Roxanne Rendle – rhythm guitar, voice; Ryan Johnson – bass; Ryan Mickeloff – drum kit), and Haudenosaunee children’s voices.

Co-Produced by Kenny Kirkwood, Joe Lapinski. Engineered by Joe Lapinski. Recorded and mixed at WOW! Recording Studio. Ollivanders tracks recorded independently. Mastered by Fedge.

DEBWEWIN: 13 SONGS FOR 13 MOONS: FULL RELEASE SUMMER 2022

New singles released monthly.

A BAND CALLED KITE, 1999

A BAND CALLED KITE 
Kite Tales, 1999

Original smooth jazz songs and intricate funk jams, recorded live at the Top Of The Senator, Toronto.

ALBUM CREDITS

Kenny Kirkwood - voice, sax, percussion 
David Restivo - piano, keyboard 
Kevin Turcotte - trumpet 
Rich Brown - electric bass 
Daniel Barnes - drum kit 
Kevin Breit - guitar 
Alan Hetherington - congas 

Brent Bodrug - engineer, co-producer 
Kenny Kirkwood - co-producer

SONGS

1 Be Natural

2 For Betty Carter

3 Simply Glorious

4 See The Wind

5 Love

6 The State I'm In

7 One With Everything

8 Everybody Wants To Rule The World

9 Hoe Down

CD REVIEWS 

"Who is this man who sounds so happy?"
- Avril Benoit, CBC Radio

“Your beautiful CD is terrific! The song “for Betty Carter” is lovely. The level of musicianship is really high and you sound like a band that loves to play together. The live performance recording is not an easy thing to pull off, but A Band Called Kite manages it with a great deal of precision and spirit!” 

“The record is fabulous, it’s been in my CD player for some time now. I’m partial to track 2 “for Betty Carter”...it's lodged in my skull ... ‘keep movin on”... beautiful!” 

“The songs are great! They give me a lot of images...the melodies are lush...the harmonies are really warm....it takes you.”

BAND PROFILE

A BAND CALLED KITE joins the lines between soul, jazz and funk, led by singer/saxophonist and bandleader Kenny Kirkwood.

Featuring 5 award-winning Canadian jazz artists playing Kenny's original songs and arrangements, A BAND CALLED KITE delivers a beautifully polished sound with deep grooves and dig-deep soul-felt lyrics.

BAND HIGHLIGHTS 

JVC Jazz Festival (with DJ Dopey) - Toronto 

Annual Club Crawl - Toronto 

CD Release “A Band Called Kite” 

Toronto International Jazz Festival 

CJRT-FM Sound of Toronto Jazz Series

ZAMCAB, 2002

ZAMCAB

Free World Beat, 2002

ALBUM CREDITS

Kenny Kirkwood - voice, baritone sax, keys, djembe,
David French - voice, tenor sax, berimbau, keys
Todd Porter - voice, soprano/tenor sax, winds, djembe
Emilio Reyes Le Blanc - voice, alto sax, percussion
Louis Simao - voice, guitar, accordian, keys, pandiero
Ilios Steryannis - voice, drum kit, djembe, percussion
Steve Zsirai - voice, electric bass, percussion

SONGS

Selected tracks from ZAM CAB
Live @ University of Toronto, Oct’02 

1 Tiyende Pamodzi 1:01    Zambian call/response chant with percussion. 

2 Wonderful You 1:31    Original 12/8 shuffle song morphs into clap-a-long rap. 

3 Rocks 1:16    Baritone Sax funk riffs lead band to a smooth bridge. 

4 I Like Peace 1:15    A simple happy dance number in 7/8.

5 Sansa Kuwa 1:33    Zambian popular song with audience sing-a-long.

6 Camel Ride to Bahia 0:58    Sax choir harmony improv with Brazilian percussion.

7 Shuffle Ra 0:59    Horn parade! - interactive improv with audience.

8 Trance Mission - Part 1 0:32     Earthy instrumental beats meet a soulful alto melody.

PROFILE

 Take a musical taxi to grooveland!  ZAMCAB is a 7-piece world-beat group that engages full audience participation in their unique and exciting performances, generating a groove-move collective consciousness with their organic music play.

Singing original repertoire and covers of Zambian folk and pop songs, ZAMCAB is led by Juno award-winning musician Kenny Kirkwood, featuring 7 colourful voices, a choir of saxophones, and a rhythm section of guitar, keyboard, bass, drums and African/Brasilian percussion.

BAND HIGHLIGHTS

Zambian Independence Celebration - Toronto

 

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO Jazz Series - Toronto

 

AFROFEST - Queen's Park, Toronto