Kris & Lark (formerly Kuimba)

Alternative Folk

Music to remind you life is good…

Uplift… Inspire… Soothe… Energize… Breathe…Feel the rhythm… Relax… Release… Feel the flow… Get up and dance! Lie down and drift… Enjoy yourself!

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"You have a readily identifiable style.  Lots of local artists copy other people and end up sounding something like them, but you guys have your own sound.  I'd call it a combination of African folk, blues, rhythmic talking, major and blues scale trombone, and American folk. You guys are part of the "unusual."  No one sounds like Kris and Lark, except Kris and Lark. I have learned that it is in the unusual art, where some new beauty can be found.

Your music, like exotic food, is an acquired taste.  It takes tuning into what is trying to be said not only musically, but socially, psychologically, and athetically with the austere style of recording.  Your music has the honesty to it that old blues recordings have (although you are much more diverse in your instrumentation, rhythm, and melodies than old blues artists were.)  So, for me listening to your work is a journey into letting go of preconceived notions of what a particular style or styles should be, and just listening to the very things that you are trying to say with your unusual style.  

We are more valid if we just say what we wish to say musically, without having to capture the ambiance of some other well marketed, mass media heroes.  So, the Kris and Lark, musical journey continues, and takes its listeners on a sonic journey with them."

— Ken Teel, Songwriter/Guitarist

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
― Albert Einstein



You will find a mellow, upbeat mood here. Melodies with flavors of Folk, Blues, Jazz, Africa and other cultures coalesce, underlined by compelling rhythms.

English and Swahili lyrics in this music by Kris & Lark (formerly Kuimba) gives you the feeling that life is good.

The clear, earthy quality of Lark’s lead voice and Kris’ exuberant tenor blend in an unusually lovely way. Add to this, guitar, trombone, African harp and drum, and spicy percussion.

Kris & Lark communicate the significance of bio and cultural diversity through a colorful and informative, story-telling style of presentation. This unique music with its bold sensual rhythms, lyrics, rap, and trombone solos is feel-good stuff. In the audience you'll often find yourself invited to participate, singing and clapping.

"There is an incredible variety - I think of the Beatles music in this way...   With so many musicians, there is a distinctive signature and I often get bored listening because it is predictable and narrow in its style. That variety also extends to the feelings expressed..." — Karen McComb, fan

New Albums

Promise of a New Day




 Salmon Cover


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“We have received your new CD and want to thank you.  We love it!  I forgot what a beautiful voice you have. Just so you know, I don't think you sound like anyone.  You are just your own amazing artists.  But for the sake of the request I suggest Angus & Julia Stone.  I think people who enjoy them will enjoy you.”
Melissa Matthews, British Columbia

“Thank you Lark & Kris for your inspiring, beautiful music! With much appreciation…"
Karen McCombe, New York

"The cord that THE BALLAD strikes in my heart is one of music that brings out a deep sense of community, people saying: Hey, this is us. …. The human spirit that will never be snuffed out – no matter the adversary."                                                    Samm Musoke, Nova Scotia

"I fell in love with Lark and Kris’s music the first time I heard it. It has an uplifting, inspiring quality which as a musician and songwriter I appreciate. Subsequently after my grandson was born I started playing him songs and he loved them. We had many a good time dancing to songs and once he was walking and talking he would request the music again and again and loves to dance and/or drum along. Thank you Lark and Kris for your gift of music to the world."                                    Suzanne Lichau, Oregon

"Dear Lark and Kris,
I'm writing on behalf of the South Fraser Gogos (stephenlewisfoundation.org) to thank you so much for your fantastic contribution to our Potluck Evening. You made the Grandmothers welcome quite spectacular and one I'm sure they will remember.

Everyone enjoyed the rest of your music and singing and seeing everyone up dancing is a sight I'll always remember. Wishing you all the very best,                       Jesse Pringle, Go Go Grannies Co-coordinator, British Columbia

"Kuimba weaves a magical spell with their enchanting melodies, mesmerizing harmonies, and penetrating lyrics. The music is at once universal and uniquely personal . . . the musicians share themselves with their audiences in an intimate and moving manner."                                       Julia J. Heydon, PhD. Music, Former Music Director, Oregon Shakespearean Festival