Kendálin is an eclectic folk-fusion ensemble with lush vocal harmonies and energetic instrumentals. The ensemble’s unique sound draws on a wide variety of folk traditions, including Celtic, Nordic, Middle Eastern and more. They blend vocals, octave-mandolin, fiddles, viola, flutes, guitar, bass and percussion to create a pan-cultural experience. The band invites the audience to connect to a sound that is simultaneously new and familiar.
Kendálin is the inspiration of composer and musician Shawn Orpinela. Shawn's passion for exploring different folk traditions and playing with rhythm and texture creates this complex and inspiring music.
Kendálin's new CD, Rising, was created in 2016 at several local studios with engineer and producer Sacha Müller. Our first CD, Opening, was created in 2010 with engineer and producer Billy Oskay at Big Red Studio. You can listen to the music, see the lyrics and song notes, and buy CDs through links under the Recordings tab in the menu on the left.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Kendálin plays locally, does short regional tours and university gigs, and is exploring possibilities farther afield. If you are interested in bringing Kendálin to your community or school, please contact us.