The Kin, a simple name for a pair of exceptionally
gifted brothers who are producing sound that is anything
but basic. From Adelaide, Australia to New York City, the
melody that The Kin composes from an old guitar and a
Fender Rhodes piano can only be described as a detonation
of harmony, taking your eardrums north, south, east and
west on a flight through beatific high and rasping low
notes. One sampling of a song such as “Together,” and
you’ll know what kind of experience The Kin creates.
Thorry and Isaac Koren, on the guitar and Rhodes piano
respectively, don’t hide much about themselves or
their music. It is their honesty that drives the sound
they produce. For their upcoming September release,
“Rise & Fall,” the duo realized a recording studio
alone couldn’t contain the style, nor capture the
vibe The Kin needed to craft. The album, produced
by Nic Hard, was taken to “a barn, an old house,
a huge castle on a hill, and a horse stable,” to
realize the sound they had envisioned. You can witness
that sound first-hand around the New York underground
in jamming rooms like Rockwood Music Hall, Bar 4,
Bowery Ballroom and late night venues like Kush on
If you find yourself at a Kin concert around New York, don’t be afraid to greet the brothers after the show, perhaps ask them how they are helping the victims of genocide in Darfur.
One of their favorite parts of their performance is
being able to “meet the fans, and hear their stories.” You can hear more of The Kin’s story, by reading their XXQs at PensEyeView.com
We’ve all heard the phrase, “What do we do when we fall of the horse?” The majority of the world will tell you that the best advice is to, “get back on.” In the case of Craig Calfee of Calfee Design however, there’s a lot more to it. Calfee, one of the most innovative minds in bicycle design, literally flew off his own bike in a devastating head-on collision over 20 years ago. Ever since that crash, Calfee has been re-inventing the blueprint for bikes of all kinds, and helping others along the way.
The inception of Calfee Design in 1997 began a trend for Craig Calfee, constantly raising the bar in bicycle technology with designs such as the Tetra Tetra Tandem and the Dragonfly. Now working on his latest project, Bamboo Bikes, Calfee has realized this venture means more than building a superior bike frame. These novel bikes can not only assist some of the world’s greatest tri-athletes, but also help those less fortunate in third world countries, rich in bamboo. The Bamboo Bike Project is a collaboration between David Ho and John Mutter of The Earth Institute at Columbia University and Craig Calfee that aims to both build a better bike for poor Africans in rural areas, as well as stimulate a bicycle building industry in Africa to satisfy local needs. While the project is complex, don’t think that Craig Calfee is satisfied with only the business of bicycles. He’ll look to conquer the automotive industry next. Check out his XXQs at PensEyeView.com
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