After two successful stops in Marshall County, the Marshall County Arts Cooperative stays in touch with the members of m-pact, the all-male a cappella group based out of Los Angeles, California, who performed in the area twice. For its current season, the arts cooperative tapped into one of m-pact’s members to come back for a return visit. The arts cooperative invited Morten Kier to come to do a solo concert as well as to work with young vocal students.
Although Kier still performs with the group he has expanded his horizons and does extensive solo work. Kier is a platinum-selling singer, songwriter, and pianist from Copenhagen, Denmark who now lives in Los Angeles, California.
During his three-day residency, Kier will give a free concert for the public Wednesday, October 23, at 7:00 p.m. at the Lee Dam Center for Fine Art. According to Kier, the concert will be cozy, informal, and pleasant. “I want it to feel like you’re hanging out in a good friend’s living room,” he said. “I will share tales and anecdotes about the songs I perform and maybe even involve the audience a little.”
Kier’s concert in Marysville will be his first solo show in the Midwest. “I’m thrilled to be making new friends in a part of the country that reminds me of my home in Denmark,” he said.
Kier is the son of a theology professor and a school teacher; the youngest of five, Kier was raised in the Danish countryside. He earned a Master’s Degree from the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus. Kier’s upbringing provides inspiration for his songs which usually deal with love, doubt, dreams, and hopes. His music spans several genres: from alternative to jazz to soul to upbeat electronic pop.
Kier just released an album, “Trilogy,” which is available on iTunes. To promote the album he did a five city tour in Germany where he captivated audiences in Berlin. Currently, he is booking shows throughout the United States and inviting choruses around the country to join him and his band on stage.
In addition to his solo work and membership in m-pact, Kier directs a choir, Top Shelf, and is the musical director for the show, “It Gets Better.”
In addition to his solo concert, Kier will lead a vocal clinic for sixth grade students. On Thursday he will work with students from Marysville Elementary School and Marysville Junior High School; he will spend Friday with students from Blue Rapids Elementary School and Valley Heights Junior High School.
During both clinics sixth grade students will work with the junior high choir on musical arrangements by Kier. The clinic culminates with a performance for the student body.
“I hope to have a fun time and make a good connection with the students in both Marysville and at Blue Rapids,” Kier said. “It is my goal to have this be a creative, memorable day where I share my corner of the sky with a new crowd … and sing a little in Danish.”
For more information about Kier’s concert and visit people may contact Wayne Kruse, the arts cooperative’s executive director at (785) 713-2077.