kevin finseth

Kevin is regularly releasing new music featuring his piano, bass balalaika, marimba, and vocals; with Turkish singer / instrumentalist Asli Maj, Canadian Cellist
Peggy Lee, and engineer/mixer A-Dub.



This album was recorded in Vancouver at Crew Studios & The Western Front. Asl? Maj recorded in Istanbul.

Music by Kevin Finseth
'Daireler' lyrics by Asl? Maj
'Happens To The Heart' lyrics by Leonard Cohen

Engineer/Mix/Master A-Dub

Cover Design by A-Dub

released June 21, 2024


released June 21, 2024

performed by:
Asl? Maj, voice & kemençe
Peggy Lee, cello
Chris Blades, guitar
Geoff Hicks, drums
Kevin Finseth, piano, bass balalaika, marimba, melodica, vocal

On The Blind Lead The Blind & Western Front:
Peggy Lee, cello
A-Dub, guitar
Geordie Hart, bass
Mallory Temple, drums
Kevin Finseth, piano

A Highlife Record
Socan 2024


music written by Kevin Finseth
except A Remark You Made by Joe Zawinul
lyrics of Standing In Blue by Kevin Finseth


released December 10, 2023

piano, bass balalaika, marimba, vocals - Kevin Finseth
kemençe, vocals - Asl? Maj
cello - Peggy Lee

engineer / mix / master - A-dub

recorded in Vancouver & Istanbul

cover photo by Kevin Finseth
design by A-dub

I would like to dedicate this music to the memory of Roger Gale, dear friend, mentor, bon vivant, avid conversationalist and lover of the sounds of the world.


released September 10, 2023

music by kevin finseth
lyrics by asli maj

vocals, kemençe - asli maj
piano, bass balalaika - kevin finseth
cello - peggy lee
additional sounds - a-dub

engineer / mix / master - a-dub

made in Vancouver & Istanbul

cover photo by kevin finseth
cover design by a-dub

This music is dedicated to my mother, Ruth Hall, born this day in 1924.

Bu Gece

Y?ld?zlar uzakta,
çok uzaktalar bu gece
Teselli etmiyor beni,
ah ne ay ne de ?ark?lar
Ah ne ay ne de ?ark?lar
bu gece


the stars are far, far away
tonight, it doesn't comfort me
neither the moon nor the songs
neither the moon nor the songs


Sözlerden uzak
Dü?lere yak?n
Sesler saracak

Gözlerden uzak
Sislere yak?n
Dünya sal?ncak

The World

Away from words
Close to dreams
Sounds will surround

Out of sight
Close to fog
World swing


all rights reserved

Distant Blues 

music by kevin finseth
lyrics by asli maj
except The Promising Gambler & Once Was True - lyrics by kf
Turkish translation of Once Was True by i?in can

vocals, kemençe - asli maj
piano, bass balalaika, marimba - kevin finseth
cello - peggy lee
drums - geoff hicks
guitar - chris blades

engineer / mix / master - a-dub


release date 4/3/23

I Was a Child... 

4-mix maxi-single

piano, bass balalaika, vocals, kemece

music by kevin finseth
lyrics by asli maj

I Dream in Winter's Light

5-song suite

piano, bass balalaika

written by kevin finseth
except To Build A Home by Patrick Watson
& How Beautiful Is My Love by Mikis Theodorakis


(feat. Asli Maj, Peggy Lee, Bedouins, Alpha Yaya Diallo & A-Dub) - 5-song EP

Lament for Flâneur (feat. Asli Maj, Peggy Lee, A-Dub) - Single

Asli Maj, Kevin Finseth - Istanbul 2021

Photo by Isin Can

At Crew Studios April 2022

Herzog - 5 Song EP
(December 2021)

The Idea of East - 6 Song EP
(March 2022)

Press for Herzog and The Idea of East
Q&A with Stuart Derdeyn:

Read the full article here...

A  Review of The Idea of East
Doug Heselgrave

..."The Idea of East" is a rare and exhilarating recording that helps redefine the parameters of modern chamber music..."


"For Finseth, working with Asli Maj represents the fruition of a long held musical dream.  “Since first being exposed to Turkish popular music, more than 40 years ago, in the back of my mind I always wanted to incorporate Turkish female vocals into my compositions. I just loved the sound." 


"Asli's haunting, wordless vocal phrases and kemenche tones offer a perfect counterbalance to Finseth's spare piano, and are expertly blended by sound alchemist A-dub who creates a deeply satisfying sonic experience."


Read the full review here...

Opium Hymns - Album
(Jan 2020)

Press for Opium Hymns:

Photo by Isin Can

CDs of Kevin's releases are available at his record shop Highlife Records on Commercial Drive (Little Italy) in Vancouver.