Kris & Lark (formerly Kuimba)

Contemporary World Folk

Music to remind you life is good

      “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

Booksigning Performance



Listeners 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) transmit 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. The audience is at times invited to participate, singing and clapping.

New Album — Released August 2016

 Salmon Cover


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What fans are saying

     "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, Oregon

   "I just wanted to thank you so much for an absolutely magical afternoon yesterday. I just so enjoyed every second of it. The two of you were so in tune with one another. It was wonderful!
     Anyway, I listened to your wonderful CD, in fact I had it on when I went to bed and went to sleep with it playing and ah! it was just beautiful. So thank you very, very much.
     . . . I tell you, the comments were just huge on you both!"

Cynthia Elizabeth Sulley, Author

     "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 Co-coordinator

     "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