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ABRAHAM KUNIN

Abraham Kunin describes his niche in "finding the emotional resonance of a song and hearing where the music wants to go. Matching a sound to a feeling."

Abraham has spent the last 15 years as a professional musician. A career highlight has been producing, composing, arranging, and performing on the Dalai Lama's debut album Inner World [HITCO Entertainment/Khandro Music].  Inner World reached #1 on the Billboard New Age Album Chart, #4 Top New Artist Album Chart, peaking at #2 on the Global iTunes Album Chart and more

He has worn the hats of producer, songwriter, session player, music director, recording/mix engineer, sound designer, and label co-owner among others. A lifelong passion for music was sealed when his older sister gave him Prince's Sign 'O' the Times for his 6th birthday. His love of The Purple One has never diminished.

 

He is a current band member with Home Brew and Teeks. Other collaborations include Anoushka Shankar, Avantdale Bowling Club, LIPS, Maisey Rika, Melodownz, and Noah Slee.

 

Abraham's formal background is in jazz. While he would not call himself a jazz musician, the spirit of the music informs and permeates his approach. 

From early childhood until his late teens, raised in the Waitakere ranges of Auckland, New Zealand, Abraham was an insatiable listener long before he became a creator. Music was and still is his refuge. He is retrospectively grateful for the extended time spent (paraphrasing Bill Evans) soaking up music as a 'sensitive layperson'.

In recent years, Abraham has been investing in Aotearoa's rangatahi (young people)  as a mentor through various organisations including Ranui 135, OMAC, and Haumako Music which he runs alongside Junelle.

To quote Albert Ayler - "Music is the healing force of the universe."

FINDING THE HEARTBEAT OF THE MUSIC

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