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Narrative

by Keenan Ahrends

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1.
Brotherhood 06:50
2.
All 07:47
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Scotts move 06:58
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Past 05:59
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11.
Dear Lemon 04:50

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Keenan Ahrends released his debut album, 'Narrative', in February 2017. The core band is comprised of Romy Brauteseth (bass) and Claude Cozens (drums), while Sisonke Xonti (sax) and Nicholas Williams (piano) feature on numerous tracks. Ahrends is known for his evocative musical writing, his emotive improvisation and his sensitive musicianship. He remains an important part of the emerging Southern African jazz arena and his flagship sound can be heard in numerous recording and live projects.


Praise for ‘Narrative’ (2017)

“One of the most beautiful guitar releases of any recent year. […] ‘Narrative’ is the right title for an album that walks you through multiple sonic and personal meditations.” – Gwen Ansell

“Keenan’s compositional style is meticulous and comprehensive, each piece may have several bridges, different shades, varying landscapes and contrasting tempos…” - Njabulo Madlala

“Ahrends expresses emotional whirlwinds from life experiences and shakes them off in “Here We Go Again”, a careful slow ballad that builds a story in a pure, soulful way. […] Ahrends stylistically switches from grunge to subtle South African sounds as in “Past” and “Stories Behind Expressions”. This is why ‘Narrative’ is listenable and reflectively
memorable.” - Carol Martin

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released February 1, 2017

Keenan Ahrends guitar
Romy Brauteseth bass
Claude Cozens drums
Sisonke Xonti tenor saxophone (Tracks 1, 3 & 10)
Nicholas Williams piano (Tracks 1, 6 & 9)

Recorded at Sound and Motion Studios by Simon Ratcliff
Mixed by Arne Nybo
Mastered by Lasse Klovstad
Cover artwork by Tom Cullberg
Sleeve design by Romy Brauteseth

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Keenan Ahrends Johannesburg, South Africa

Keenan Ahrends is a jazz guitarist and composer based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ahrends is
known for his evocative musical writing, his emotive improvisation and his sensitive musicianship. He remains an important part of the emerging southern African jazz arena
and his flagship sound can be heard on numerous albums and in a diverse plethora of
projects.
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