KAIPA: The History
They went on stage. Long, loud, clouds of chords, soft swelling guitar, cymbal-rolls, thick keyboard chords, bass rumbling, the clouds building, denser, louder, the intensity growing painfully patiently, finally releasing in a beautiful haunting wailing theme... and then the song... a bright almost ethereal voice ”With a touch of loneliness, bitterness, we watch all the values sipper out of our hands....” the music moves forward, taking me along on a vast journey, a journey of hope, despair, dreams, wishes, a story about civilisations, corrupt leaders... I still have one frase as a hall-mark ”The higher they climb, the holders of power, the more you should distrust them: for the biggest crooks _always_ the highest”. Complex, yet logical, the harmonies moved, building, releasing, intricate passages, long wonderful solos, not to brag, but to enhance, specify, explain. The Taurus bass boomed lower than anything I had heard. The guitar soared to places I could only dream of. The drums pounded, danced, sang, hammered. The organ, piano, synths covered colours I barely knew existed. The voice touched the clouds. The music touched my heart and my mind. This was truly symphonic music. This was music that made me grow, both spiritually, intellectually and musically. This was a goal for me as a young budding composer to aspire to. This was an experience for anyone to hold in their memories for years to come.
Now, over thirty years later I have gathered other inspirations, but still that first meeting with Kaipa’s music stands out as a landmark in my musical and emotional life.
Per Nordin 2005
KAIPA – The History Part 1 1973 – 1982
The true story containing well known facts and fragments found in the labyrinths of oblivion.
KAIPA was the leading Scandinavian progressive band in the 70's and recorded five albums during the years 1975 - 1982. Taking basic inspiration from the Swedish folk music they performed an elaborate symphonic music aiming at the expression of emotions and feelings in an aesthetic of formal beauty and melodic perfection.
Kaipa, however, intended to differentiate themselves from past and present styles, producing a personal and original music taking its inspiration from the past yet looking to the future.