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Memories Of Days Gone By

Memories Of Days Gone By

Kira Skov

Label: Stunt
Format: CD + LP
Barcode: 0663993911816
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Catalog number: STULP 11181
Releasedate: 04-04-12
Billie Holiday’s wonderful voice and unforgettable presence on recordings and film have made a deep impression on many of us. She was the greatest, and she still is the greatest. Few artists have left an equivalent mark on the world of jazz, and there is hardly a female vocalist in jazz, soul or rock, who can truthfully decline being influenced by her mastery of interpre- tation. It seems a banal truth to state that Billie “sang her life” – that her troubled existence is reflected in her singing. However, that’s the way it is.

Vocalist Kira Skov also fell under Billie’s spell: “I’ve been listening to Billie Holiday since my early teens. When I was around thirteen, I found a record in my local shopping center with that beautiful and magical portrait of Billie with the famous flower in her hair. She has been the soundtrack to long periods of my life ever since.”

Often, when we hear new versions of songs that Billie Holiday sang, we inadvertently compare them with the original recordings. We can’t help ourselves. However, it quickly becomes apparent that Kira makes no attempt to sound like Billie Holiday. Kira sounds like Kira, and her per- sonal and original interpretations bring these tunes from the 1930’s and 1940’s into the present. These songs have followed her, been important to her. Kira sings them with feeling, atmosphere and a rare emotional depth.
  • This is the CD+LP edition
  • Often, when we hear new versions of songs that Billie Holiday sang, we inadvertently compare them with the original recordings. But on this records Kira sounds like Kira.
  • Kira sings them with feeling, atmosphere and a rare emotional depth
  • With this release, it has led her straight into the arms of Billie Holiday
  • She is an artist who has played more than 400 concerts, to great critical acclaim in Denmark as well as abroad
Billie Holiday’s wonderful voice and unforgettable presence on recordings and film have made a deep impression on many of us. She was the greatest, and she still is the greatest. Few artists have left an equivalent mark on the world of jazz, and there is hardly a female vocalist in jazz, soul or rock, who can truthfully decline being influenced by her mastery of interpretation. It seems a banal truth to state that Billie “sang her life” – that her troubled existence is reflected in her singing. However, that’s the way it is.

Vocalist Kira Skov also fell under Billie’s spell: “I’ve been listening to Billie Holiday since my early teens. When I was around thirteen, I found a record in my local shopping center with that beautiful and magical portrait of Billie with the famous flower in her hair. She has been the soundtrack to long periods of my life ever since.”

Often, when we hear new versions of songs that Billie Holiday sang, we inadvertently compare them with the original recordings. We can’t help ourselves. However, it quickly becomes apparent that Kira makes no attempt to sound like Billie Holiday. Kira sounds like Kira, and her personal and original interpretations bring these tunes from the 1930’s and 1940’s into the present. These songs have followed her, been important to her. Kira sings them with feeling, atmosphere and a rare emotional depth.

“What I’m really aiming at with my interpretations, is to bring Billie’s spirit to life for a spell. My departing point is the enormous respect and love that I feel for her versions of some of the greatest classic standards. Nikolai and I have written a few songs that we feel comliment Billie’s material. I think of these songs as a loving tribute to the great Lady Day.”
Tenor saxophonist Jakob Dinesen wrote the arrangements to most of the tunes, which have already been performed several times in front of an audience, most recently at a sold-out concert in the Tivoli Gardens during this year’s Copenhagen Jazz Festival.

HEAD, P.J.Harvey’s regular collaborator, was called in from Britain to record the session at STC Studio in Copenhagen. HEAD was also involved in Kira’s previous release. The other musicians are Mads Hyhne (trombo- ne), Heine Hansen (piano), Nicolai Munch-Hansen (bass) and R.J. Miller (drums).

35-year old Kira Skov’s interest in music ignited at the age of ten, and at 17, she left on her first trip to London. Since then she has lived in Britain and USA for long stretches. She has toured in Denmark and abroad with Kira And The Kindred Spirits and the British trip-hop star Tricky. Kira and the Kindred Spirits released three albums, and Kira’s latest band, Ghost Riders, released “The Rail Train, The Meadow, The Freeway And The Shadow” in 2008 and “Look Up Ahead” in 2010.

Few can project a rock tune like Kira, but she felt a need to develop other facets of her musical personality. A new and very special sensibility must, as one reviewer ventured, “lead her artistically to new places”. With this release, it has led her straight into the arms of Billie Holiday.
Kira left her home in Copenhagen at the age of 17 to pursue her dream of playing in a rock’n’roll band. She found at first a man, then a band and the source of much joy, but mostly trouble, in the foreign lands of which she traveled like a modern day gypsy . Her journey led her through many parts of the world, but for many years her base was in London and L.A.

After 8 years away from home, Kira returned to Copenhagen, put a band together (myspace/kiraandthekindredspirits) and released her first album (“Happiness saves lives”) in 2002 (The band split in 2007). Drawing from her experiences of relationships and her life on the road, she created a musical world, of deeply personal songs, with a rough edge and moody tales, in a style which she her self labeled “soul punk”, since none of the obvious categories fit. Eight years on, she has released 6 albums in Denmark. One of them being with her side-project The Gospel, co-written and produced by Tore Johansson (Franz Ferdinand, Cardigans est.), who also produced two albums with her previous band. (“This is not an exit” and “Kira and the Kindred Spirits”.

She is an artist who has played more than 400 concerts, to great critical acclaim in Denmark as well as abroad. In 2007 she received a Grammy in Denmark for “Best female Vocalist”, as well as receiving an award from Denmark’s largest music-magazine Gaffa, voted by their readers. She was discovered by the legendary producer and musician Tricky during a performance at Tony Wilson's infamous "In the city" in Manchester who signed her to his UK based label BrownPunk and stared in his directorial debut, a mocumentary of the making of the label with the track "skating your pool" and joined his world tour in the summer of 2008. She earned her self an award from the Danish film academy, for "Best original song" for the single "Riders of the freeway" taken of the album "The The rail train, the meadow, the freeway and the shadows"from 2008. Her most recent album "look up ahead" was produced by John Parish and recorded on Iceland in the summer of 2010.