It’s nothing new in Christian music for traditional songs to be re-shaped by the influences of culture and time. But perhaps it’s the way Koiné is combining century-old hymns with a modern accompaniment that is causing people everywhere to take notice of what some in Milwaukee have known for years. Imagine a 1200 year old text and a 600 year old melody, married with a Les Paul, Steinway piano, drums and electric bass.
Originally formed in 2003 as a worship band, Koiné quickly, and quite unexpectedly, began to gain a grassroots following as requests for appearances and sales of their first album, Koiné (Self-Titled) started to roll in. “It was really a surprise to us,” according to lead vocalist Brian Davison. “Originally, we intended for the album to be just a personal record of what we were doing. But when people started asking for copies, we began to invest more time and energy into this project.”
Since that time, local events turned into regional tours, and now Koiné travels the United States and Canada sharing their unique music ministry. Koiné has truly found a niche for themselves. Much of their music already has a welcome home in traditional worship, but with a contemporary sound that anyone can identify with.
Koiné is currently working on their fifth release, yet to be titled, to be released in summer of 2011.
Koiné (Self-Titled), Gesangbuch, Church Bells, and Anno Domini are available for download on iTunes, with CDs available from the band’s website, www.koinemusic.com
Names of band members:
Brian Davison, Benj Lawrenz, Seth Bauer, Seth Kock, Matt Scott, Tracy Fedke
Jars of Clay, The Decemberists, Explosions in the Sky, Arcade Fire
Koiné(Self-titled), Gesangbuch, Church Bells, Anno Domini