TedxLaJolla - The Kin - Abraham
Quietly considered one of New York City's most promising independent acts, The Kin's sound is a dynamic exchange between Australian brothers Isaac and Thorald Koren. These multi-talented musicians not only write their own material, they also play multiple instruments, creating a rare and audibly stunning experience. The talented siblings first discovered their musical abilities as teenagers. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, they grew up in a musical household (their mother, Madeleine McRae, was a cast member of the original touring production of "Hair".) Thorald, the younger Koren, began studying music at age 10, taking jazz guitar and voice lessons, while Isaac just picked up singing and taught himself to play a Fender Rhodes piano about 4 years ago. It wasn't until their late teens that they first collaborated on a song together. The Koren brothers came to settle in NYC in 2001 and immediately hit the bar and lounge circuit as an acoustic duo. In 2003, they added on a drummer, keyboardist and bassist with whom they produced three albums: "Live at the Pussy Cat" (October 2006), "Black" (Sept. 2005), "Red" (April 2005), and their debut album "Tracing" (May 2004). The band reverted back to a duo for LPs "Rise and Fall"(2008) and "The Upside"(2009). What's most striking is how incredibly approachable and compassionate they are. In addition to entertaining audiences, The Kin use their music to raise money for worthy causes such as the Save Darfur Coalition and the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club. Not to mention their extreme good looks and charisma have helped win the intense loyalty of several hundred fans, most of which have stuck by them for the past 3 or more years. One fan/friend remarked, "They not only look beautiful, they're beautiful inside." The Kin have recently added the intense drumming of NYC subway performer Shakerleg to the bands lineup. Walk anywhere near the Union Square L tracks on any given evening and you will likely hear the echoing of Shakerleg's custom-welded drum set. Walk any closer and you'll be drawn to drums like the snake to the flute. One look at Shakerleg's wild style, stick-free, bare-knuckle drumming and you know he's more concerned with this moment than a long term career in drumming.