Karl William Jenkins OBE (born February 17, 1944) is a British musician and composer. Jenkins was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year Honours list for 2005.
Jenkins was born and raised in the Gower village of Penclawdd. His father who was a local schoolteacher, organist, and choirmaster, gave him his initial musical instruction.
Jenkins began his diverse musical career as an oboist in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. He went on to study music at University College, Cardiff, and at the Royal Academy of Music.
For the bulk of his early career, he was known as a jazz and jazz-rock musician, playing variously: baritone and soprano saxophones, keyboards and oboe (an unusual instrument in the jazz context). He joined jazz composer Graham Collier's group and later co-founded groundbreaking jazz-rock group Nucleus, which won first prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1970. Later he joined the Canterbury progressive rock band Soft Machine in 1972...
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Track listing: IntroitDies IraeThe Snow of YesterdayRex TremendaeConfutatisFrom Deep in My HeartLacrimosaNow as a SpiritPie JesuHaving Seen the MoonLux AeternaFarewellIn ParadisumAgorawd [Overture], Part 1: Cân Yr AlltudAgorawd [Overture], Part 2: Nawr!GreyEleni GanedIn These Stones Horizons Sing
Track listing: The Armed ManThe Call to Prayers (Adhaan)KyrieSave Me From Bloody MenSanctusHymn Before ActionCharge!Angry FlamesTorchesAgnus DeiNow the Guns Have StoppedBenedictusBetter Is Peace
Track listing: Mare Crisium (Sea of Crisis) IntroitusLacus SerenitatisMare Vaporum (Sea of Vapors)Mare Australis (Southern Sea)Lacus Somniorum (Lake of Dreams)Lacus PereverantiaeLacus Doloris (Lake of Grief)Mare UndarumPalus Nebularum (Marsh of Clouds)Sinus Iridium (Bay of Rainbows)Mare ImbriumLacus TemporisLacus Lenitatis (Lake of Tenderness)Mare Crisium (Sea of Crises)
Track listing: Palladio: I Allegretto (feat. The London Philharmonic Strings)Palladio: II Largo (feat. The London Philharmonic Strings)Palladio: III Vivace (feat. The London Philharmonic Strings)Adiemus: Variations I (feat. The Smith Quartet)Adiemus: Variations II (feat. The Smith Quartet)Adiemus: Variations III (feat. The Smith Quartet)Adiemus: Variations IV (feat. The Smith Quartet)Passacaglia (feat. The London Philharmonic Strings)String Quartet No. II: I The Fifth Season (feat. The Smith Quartet)String Quartet No. II: II Tango (feat. The Smith Quartet)String Quartet No. II: III Waltz (feat. The Smith Quartet)String Quartet No. II: IV Romanze (feat. The Smith Quartet)String Quartet No. II: V Bits (feat. The Smith Quartet)
Karl Jenkins was born in Swansea, United Kingdom