Kesang Marstrand


Kesang Marstrand

Kesang Marstrand was born at a Tibetan Monastery in Woodstock, New York. A Tibetan father and Danish mother, the musician grew up in a multicultural household. Thanks to her mother's musical tastes, she was exposed to a wide array of music, from David Bowie, and Laurie Anderson, to Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. When Marstrand was still a child, the family moved to Crestone, Colorado, an alternative community of less than a thousand people, famous for its diversity of spiritual centers. It was there in this small mountain town that the musician discovered her passion for music via a piano in the common room of a schoolhouse.

Moving to New York City as a teenager, the young musician took up guitar and started writing songs soon after. Influenced by a love of the often quiet and intimate songwriting of Leonard Cohen and Elliott Smith. She began performing in pubs and cafés in Greenwich Village, and in the fall of 2008 recorded and independently released her first album, “Bodega Rose”.

With a few other recordings under her belt, including a critically acclaimed album of original lullabies and an EP of Tibetan mantras, it is apparent that Marstrand is able to find her way in diverse musical landscapes.

Her newest album, “For My Love”, is a record that the musician had been envisioning for a long time. Having recorded two albums at Sertso Studio, in her hometown of Woodstock, New York with renowned composer and vibraphonist Karl Berger as both producer and mentor, Marstrand observed what it meant to be at the helm of the recording process. At the time Berger told Marstrand that if he did his job right, the next time she would be producing on her own.

Marstrand produced “For My Love” entirely at home in New York City. She set out to find her own sound and to use the recording process as a creative tool to stay true to the emotion, instinct, and sensory worlds that inspired the music. The result is ten songs that mark the debut of Marstrand as a producer, a musician that All Music Guide has called "an unusually gifted singer and composer”.

With “For My Love” the musician has gone deeper into her own personal territory, making a record that is sonically her own, and doing it on her own terms.