12.07.17Trio Music, Thursday December 7th, 8pm, Studio 312

Studio 312 Thursday Fall series continues. Trio Music with Neal Kirkwood, piano; Lindsey Horner, bass; and Michael Sarin, drums. Music by Kirkwood, Ellington, and Strayhorn. Studio 312 is an intimate performance venue in the heart of Times Square.

Where: Studio 312, 303 West 42nd St. corner 8th Ave. Room 312
When: Thursday, December 7th at 8 p.m. (come at 7:30 for wine and snacks)

$20 suggested donation

RSVP to nealkirkwood@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

11.16.17Studio 312 Final concerts

​News from Studio 312

Hi friends,

As they say, all good things come to an end. The Studio 312 era ends January 1st, 2018. We’re being forced out for renovation, not to return.

In the next two months we’ll be presenting our final concerts. It’s been a great run, thank you to all the great musicians who have come through this space, and thank you listeners who have given us inspiration.

Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, November 16th, 8pm. Three Musicians- Tim Harrison, flute and piano; Ron Horton, trumpet and flugelhorn; Neal Kirkwood, piano and vibes. We’ll be performing music for our upcoming recording.

Thursday, December 7th, 8pm. Trio music with Neal Kirkwood, piano; Lindsey Horner, bass; Michael Sarin, drums. This trio returns for a set of original compositions and standards.

Friday, December 15th, 8pm. String Super Trio- Joyce Hammann, violin; Lois Martin, viola; Caroline Stinson, cello. They will be performing Neal Kirkwood’s String Trio and other works for strings and piano. Please note the Friday date.

Thursday, December 28th, 8pm. Final concert! In a fitting bit of symmetry the trio that opened the Studio 312 concert series will be performing the farewell concert. Ben Goldberg, clarinet; Kirk Knuffke, cornet, and Neal Kirkwood, piano and vibes will perform original music and some Monk. Come and hang out after for a farewell party.

Where: Studio 312, 303 West 42nd St. corner 8th Ave. Room 312 When: All concerts at 8 p.m. (come at 7:30 for wine and snacks)

$20 suggested donation
RSVP to nealkirkwood@gmail.com Hope to see you there! new

10.19.17Neal Kirkwood, Jeff Carney, Mike Clark- Studio 312, October 19th, 8pm

Studio 312 Thursday Fall series begins. Trio Music: Neal Kirkwood, piano; Jeff Carney, bass; Mike Clark, drums. The trio will present Kirkwood’s compositions for jazz trio, as well as some compositions of Thelonious Monk as part of his centennial celebration. Studio 312 is an intimate performance venue in the heart of Times Square.


Where: Studio 312, 303 West 42nd St. corner 8th Ave. Room 312
When: Thursday, October 5th at 8 p.m. (come at 7:30 for wine and snacks)

$20 suggested donation

RSVP to nealkirkwood@gmail.com

10.15.17Neal Kirkwood and Andy McKee at Mezzrow, Sounday October 15th, 8pm

Sunday, October 15th, sets at 8 and 9:30 pm

Mezzrow, 163 West 10th Street

Neal Kirkwood, piano, Andy McKee, bass. This duo returns to Mezzrow, a favorite place to perform. Kirkwood and McKee will explore a repertoire of jazz standards and Kirkwood’s original compositions, plus a surprise guest or two!

10.05.17Natalie Kies and Neal Kirkwood- Thursday October 5th, 2017, 8 pm

Music for voice, piano and vibraphone- Thursday October 5th, 2017, 8 pm

Studio 312 First Thursdays Fall series begins. Vocalist/pianist/composer Natalie Kies and pianist/vibraphonist/composer Neal Kirkwood will present an evening of songs by Kies, Kirkwood, Rodgers and Hart. Natalie lives in Cologne, Germany, this is a rare chance to see her perform in NYC and hear her beautiful songs.

Where: Studio 312, 303 West 42nd St. corner 8th Ave. Room 312
When: Thursday, October 5th at 8 p.m. (come at 7:30 for wine and snacks)

$20 suggested donation

RSVP to nealkirkwood@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

09.18.17Neal Kirkwood Big Band at Sir D's, Monday September 18th, 8pm

The Neal Kirkwood Big Band
Monday, September 18th Sets @ 8 & 9:30 PM
“Sir D’s Lounge" 837 Union St
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 789-2762

This 16-piece ensemble, featuring New York’s crème de la crème of jazz musicians, will perform the new arrangements of Neal Kirkwood's compositions "Drums of Heaven" and "Long Story Short," "Dynamism" his award-winning “The Future of Futurism," as well as some grooving blues and other musical adventures. Hope to see you there

The band:

Saxes: Mercedes Beckman, Dan Block, Patience Higgins, Matt Hong, Adam Kolker
Trombones: Art Baron, Curtis Fowlkes, Ed Neumeister, James Rogers
Trumpets: Andy Gravish, Ron Horton, Dave Smith, James Zollar
Rhythm section: Neal Kirkwood, piano, Aidan O'Donnell, bass, Rob Garcia, drums

07.10.17The Neal Kirkwood Big Band at Sir D's Lounge, July 10, 2017

The Neal Kirkwood Big Band will be performing Monday, July 10th, 2017 at 8pm at Sir D’s Lounge, 837 Union Street, Park Slope, NY. Phone 718 623-9282. The NKBB is 16 piece ensemble featuring la crème de la crème of New York jazz musicians. Hope to see you there!

06.22.17Neal Kirkwood Quartet

Tomorrow, Thursday, June 22nd, 12:30 pm, free concert- the Neal Kirkwood Quartet with Adam Kolker, sax; Andy McKee, bass; Steve Williams, drums and Neal Kirkwood piano. Music in Abe Lebewohl Park, in front of St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery at 10th Street and 2nd Avenue. Looking forward to playing with these great musicians!

06.01.17Gorilla, My Love, Studio 312, Thursday, June 1st, 2017, 8pm

Gorilla, My Love performs Thursday, June 1st, with the Harry Mann on reeds, and Neal Kirkwood on piano and vibes. Harry and I began playing together in the late 1970s in San Francisco and have been performing together ever since. Improvisation, theater, standards, and the unexpected...

Where: Studio 312, 303 West 42nd St. corner 8th Ave. Room 312
When: Thursday, June 1st at 8 p.m.
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Admission $20. Seating is limited, so come early.

RSVP to nealkirkwood@gmail.com

05.04.17Piano Portraits - Thursday May 4th, 2017, 8 pm. Studio 312, 303 West 42nd st.

Studio 312 First Thursdays Spring 2017 series continues Thursday May 4th with an evening of music and theater. Actor/singer Will Badgett and pianist/composer Neal Kirkwood explore the world of Harlem stride piano from ragtime to Duke Ellington. The stories of pianists Eubie Blake, Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Willie “the Lion" Smith, James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, and Duke Ellington are told in their own words and music.
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Where: Studio 312, 303 West 42nd St. corner 8th Ave. Room 312
When: Thursday, May 6th at 8 p.m. Suggested donation $20
RSVP to nealkirkwood@gmail.com
Hope to see you there!

04.06.17Studio 312 First Thursdays, Image and Sound

Image and Sound - Thursday April 6th, 2017, 8 pm
The Spring 2017 series of Studio 312 First Thursdays continues Thursday April 6th with an evening of image and sound. Performers are Natalie Kies, piano and voice, Neal Kirkwood, piano and vibraphone, and Elias Wessel, visual artist. This concert will feature songs by Kies and Kirkwood, and a new composition inspired by Wessel’s work.
Where: Studio 312, 303 West 42nd St. corner 8th Ave. Room 312 When: Thursday, April 6th at 8 p.m. (come at 7:30 for wine and snacks)
Contribution $20.
RSVP to nealkirkwood@gmail.com
Hope to see you there!
Coming up next:
5/4/17 Theater Evening: Piano Portraits Will Badgett and Neal Kirkwood 6/1/17 Gorilla, My Love returns! Harry Mann, reeds; Neal Kirkwood, piano

03.27.17Neal Kirkwood Big Band at Sir D's, 8pm

The Neal Kirkwood Big Band will be performing Monday, March 27th, 2017 at 8pm at Sir D’s Lounge, 837 Union Street, Park Slope, NY. Phone 718 623-9282. The NKBB is 16 piece ensemble featuring la crème de la crème of New York jazz musicians. Hope to see you there!

03.19.17Mezzrow March 19th, 8pm

Coming up! Mezzrow is a very cool, intimate basement listening club. Andy and I will be exploring a repertoire of my original compositions, music of Ellington and Strayhorn, and taking a fresh look at some jazz standards. Hope to see you there!

For reservations go to their website: www.mezzrow.com

NEAL KIRKWOOD, PIANO
WITH ANDY MCKEE, BASS
Sunday, March 19
8-10:30pm
MEZZROW
163 W. 10th St.
New York, NY

03.02.17Studio 312 First Thursdays resume with Trio Music, March 2nd!

Neal Kirkwood's Studio 312 “FIRST THURSDAYS" Concert Series Intimate Evenings of Jazz and Classical Presentations

3/2/17 Trio Music: Neal Kirkwood, piano; Lindsey Horner, bass; Michael Sarin, drums

4/6/17 Image and Sound: Nathalie Keis, voice and piano; Neal Kirkwood, vibes and piano; Elias Wessel, visual artist.

5/4/17 Theater Evening: Piano Portraits Will Badgett and Neal Kirkwood

6/1/17 Gorilla, My Love returns! Harry Mann, reeds; Neal Kirkwood, piano

First Thursday of Every Month 7:30-8:00 Wine and snacks 8:00 Music starts
Seating is limited to 20 people, RSVP to nealkirkwood@gmail.com Admission $20, subscription to all four concerts $65
303 West 42nd St. Room 312, NYC (across the street from Port Authority)

01.06.17Free concert, music by Neal Kirkwood at Third Street Music School

Neal Kirkwood will be performing a concert of his compositions Friday, January 6th, 7 pm, at the Third Street Music School. This concert will feature chamber music compositions, jazz, and a song. With Tim Harrison, piano and flute; Dee McMillen, voice, Tori Miller, vibraphone; Bryan Weber, marimba; and Neal Kirkwood, piano.
Admission is free!
The Third Street Music School, 235 East 11th St, New York (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)

Program:

Six Bagatelles
Neal Kirkwood, piano

Autumn Left
Tim Harrison, flute; Neal Kirkwood, piano

Six Preludes
Tori Miller, vibraphone; Bryan Weber, marimba; Neal Kirkwood, piano

Brief Intermission

anyone lived in a pretty how town (ee cummings)
Dee McMillen, voice; Tim Harrison, piano

Three Haiku
Tim Harrison, flute and piano; Neal Kirkwood, piano and vibes

Three Dances for Four Hands
Tim Harrison and Neal Kirkwood, piano

12.01.16Studio 312 First Thursdays, Joyce Hammann, violin and Neal Kirkwood, piano

The Fall 2016 series of Studio 312 First Thursdays concludes Thursday December 1st with a concert of sonatas for violin and piano.  Performers are Joyce Hammann, violin, and Neal Kirkwood, piano.  This concert will feature sonatas for violin and piano by Bartok, Mozart and Kirkwood.
 
Where:  Studio 312, 303 West 42nd St. corner 8th Ave. Room 312
When: Thursday, December 1st at 8 p.m.

Contribution $20.

RSVP to nealkirkwood@gmail.com

11.21.16The Neal Kirkwood Big Band at Sir D's Lounge, Nov. 21, 2016

The Neal Kirkwood Big Band (NKBB) is back! We’re playing next Monday, November 21st, at Sir D’s Lounge in Brooklyn (sight of the old Tea Lounge).

Where: Sir D’s Lounge 837 Union St. (near 7th Ave.) in Brooklyn.

When: Monday, November 21st, 8-11 pm.

Original music by Neal Kirkwood, plus a very cool, rarely played Gil Evans arrangement of King Porter Stomp.

What a band:

Matt Hong alto sax, flute
Mercedes Beckman alto sax, clarinet
Dan Block tenor sax, clarinet
Adam Kolker tenor sax, flute
Patience Higgins bari sax, bass clarinet

Andy Gravish trumpet
Ron Horton trumpet
David Smith trumpet
James Zollar trumpet

Art Baron trombone
Sam Burtis trombone
Danny Hall trombone
James Rogers bass trombone

Neal Kirkwood leader, piano
Rob Garcia drums
Jennifer Vincent bass

Hope to see you there!

11.03.16Studio 312, Thursday, November 3rd, 8pm

Thursday, November 3rd, 8pm

The Fall 2016 series of Studio 312 First Thursdays continues Thursday November 3rd with a concert of music for voice, piano, flute and vibes. Performers are Dee McMillen, voice, Tim Harrison, piano/flute, and Neal Kirkwood, piano/vibes. This concert will feature two settings of Emily Dickinson poems composed by Tim Harrison, and settings of Don Marquis, ee cummings and Charles Darwin (a world premiere) by Neal Kirkwood, and some instrumental duets.

Our first concert with Gorilla, My Love had a full house, so please RSVP.

On December 1st Joyce Hammann and Neal Kirkwood will present a concert of sonatas for violin and piano by Bartok, Mozart and Kirkwood.

Where: Studio 312, 303 West 42nd St. corner 8th Ave. Room 312
When: Thursday, November 3 at 8 p.m.

Admission $20.

RSVP to nealkirkwood@gmail.com

10.06.16Neal Kirkwood\'s Studio 312 \"FIRST THURSDAYS\" starting October 6

Neal Kirkwood\'s Studio 312 “FIRST THURSDAYS" Concert Series Intimate Evenings of Jazz and Classical Presentations
7:30-8:00 Wine and snacks 8:00 Music starts
10/6/16 Gorilla, My Love - Harry Mann, sax; Neal Kirkwood, piano.
11/3/16 Tim Harrison, piano, flute; Neal Kirkwood, piano, vibes; Dee McMillen, voice. Music by Harrison and Kirkwood.
12/1/16 Joyce Hammann, violin; Neal Kirkwood, piano. Works by Bartok, Mozart, and Kirkwood
First Thursday of Every Month
Seating is limited to 20 people, RSVP to nealkirkwood@gmail.com Admission $20, subscription to all three concerts $50
303 West 42nd St. Room 312, NYC (across the street from Port Authority)

08.04.16Neal Kirkwood quartet at Union Square- free!

The Neal Kirkwood Quartet will be performing Thursday, August 4th at Union Square, NYC, from 5-6. Free! Neal Kirkwood, piano; Mike Clark, drums; Adam Kolker, sax; Andy McKee, bass.

07.11.16Neal Kirkwood and Andy McKee, Monday, July 11th, Mezzrow, NYC

I'll be playing this Monday, July 11th at Mezzrow with bassist Andy McKee. Sets at 9 and 10:30, only 35 seats so reservations suggested.

www.mezzrow.com

07.07.16Neal Kirkwood Quartet, July 7th, Union Square Park 5-6 pm

Hi friends, come on out for a free summer concert featuring Kirkwood originals performed by an all-star quartet. Thursday July 7th, 5-6 pm, Union Square Park

05.26.16Studio 312 May 26th, 2016

Hi friends,
The sixth and final concert of this year’s Studio 312 series is coming up! Thursday, May 26th, 8:30 pm
303 West 42nd Street, room 312.
This concert will be a trio set, featuring Lindsey Horner on bass, Rob Garcia on drums, and yours truly Neal Kirkwood on piano. We’ll be performing my original compositions, some exquisite Duke pieces, and a choice standard or two. Hope to see you there!
The concert is at 8:30, with wine and snacks at 8. Seating is limited so please RSVP. $20 suggested donation.

04.29.16Music of Neal Kirkwood Kutztown University

Friday, April 29th, 2016, 7:30 pm
Music of Neal Kirkwood
KU Faculty Concert,
Little Theater, Schaeffer Auditorium
Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Neal Kirkwood piano/composition

Featuring the world premiere of The Art of Kindness for jazz chorus and ensemble.

Neal Kirkwood, piano; Afterhours Jazz Vocal Ensemble; Jazz 1 Big Band, plus guest performers Charissa Howden, flute and Tori Miller, marimba.

04.21.16Studio 312 April 21st, 2016

The fifth concert of the Studio 312 series is coming up!

Thursday, April 21st, 7:30 pm

303 West 42nd Street, room 312.

Sachal Vasandani and I will be performing music for voice and piano, originals and standards. Sachal is wonderful unclassifiable musician, I’m really looking forward to playing with him in this duo setting.

The concert is at 8, with wine and snacks at 7:30. Seating is limited so please RSVP. Suggested donation $20

03.17.16Studio 312 March 17th, 2016

The fourth concert of the Studio 312 Third Thursdays series is coming up, Thursday, March 17th, 7:30 pm.

303 West 42nd Street, room 312.

I\'ll be playing a solo recital, music from around the world, compositions by Scott Joplin, Ernesto Nazareth, Ernesto Lecuona, George Gershwin, Bela Bartok, and yours truly Neal Kirkwood.

The concert is at 8, with wine and snacks at 7:30. Seating is limited so please RSVP.

Hope to see you there!

02.18.16Studio 312, February 18th, 2016

Studio 312 Third Thursday series continues with Gorilla, My Love: Harry Mann and Neal Kirkwood performing at Studio 312, this Thursday, Feb. 18th, 7:30 pm. 303 West 42nd St. room 312. Seating limited, please RSVP. Hope you can join us!

01.19.16Studio 312, Thursday January 21st, 7:30 pm

The second concert of the Studio 312 series is this Thursday, January 21st, 7:30 pm.

303 West 42nd Street, room 312.

Tim Harrison and I will be performing works for piano four hands, flute and piano, and vibes and piano. Jazz, classical, and beyond.

Program:
Sonata for Flute and Piano Bach
Blues for Orley Harrison
Three Dances for Four Hands Kirkwood
Autumn Left Kirkwood
Tunes TBA

The concert is at 8, with wine and snacks at 7:30. Seating is limited so please RSVP.

01.12.16Neal Kirkwood Trio and Chorus

Coming up this Friday January 15th, 7pm, Third Street Music School, 235 East 11th St. NYC.

Five Choruses from Mexico City Blues, settings of Jack Kerouac's poems for jazz chorus and trio, Three Rumi Songs for chorus, and music for jazz trio.

Free admission!

Neal Kirkwood, piano/composer; Lindsey Horner, bass; and Lieven Venken, drums.

The Kerouac Chorus:

Maggie Rineman, Rose Lapp, Karen Devine- sopranos
Rose Hogan, Emily Whitaker, Dee McMillen - altos
Matt Asti, Tim Harrison, John Justin - tenors
Mack Brandon, Rob McFeydan, Jose Pietri – basses

12.11.15Studio 312 “THIRD THURSDAYS” Concert Series starts this Thursday!

Neal Kirkwood's Studio 312 “THIRD THURSDAYS" Concert Series
Intimate Evenings of Jazz and Classical Presentations

7:30-8:00 Wine and snacks
8:00 Music starts

12/17 Ben Goldberg, Neal Kirkwood and Kirk Knuffke Trio
01/21 Tim Harrison, piano and flute; Neal Kirkwood, piano and vibes
02/17 Gorilla, My Love - Harry Mann, sax; Neal Kirkwood, piano; Richard Lewis, poet
03/17 Neal Kirkwood, solo piano
04/21 TBA
05/19 TBA

3rd Thursday of Every Month

Seating is limited to 20 people, RSVP required
$20 per seat

12.02.15Sinatra at 100, December 3-6 at the Jazz Standard

Sinatra at 100, From Vegas to New York: Basie, Duke, & Riddle with The All-Star O'Rourkestra directed by David O'Rourke

The Sinatra at 100 show is this Thursday through Sunday Dec. 3-6 at the Jazz Standard,
show times 7:30 and 9:30.

Jazz Standard
116 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016
(212) 576-2232

Looking forward to this gig- great singer, great band, great charts!

Sachal Vasandani – vocals

Tim Ries, Bobby LaVell, David Lee Jones, Jonathan Ragonese, Doug DeHays – saxophones & woodwinds

Greg Gisbert, Jeremy Pelt, Phillip Harper, Dylan Canterbury – trumpets

Ryan Keberle, Clark Gayton, Paul Dunlea, James Borowski – trombones

Neal Kirkwood – piano

Peter Bernstein – guitar

Peter Washington – bass

Lewis Nash – drums

11.22.15Neal Kirkwood Studio 312 "THIRD THURSDAYS" Concert Series

Neal Kirkwood's Studio 312 “THIRD THURSDAYS" Concert Series
Intimate Evenings of Jazz and Classical Presentations

7:30-8:00 Wine and snacks
8:00 Music starts

12/17 Ben Goldberg, Neal Kirkwood and Kirk Knuffke Trio
01/21 Tim Harrison, piano and flute; Neal Kirkwood, piano and vibes
02/17 Gorilla, My Love - Harry Mann, sax; Neal Kirkwood, piano; Richard Lewis, poet

03/17 Neal Kirkwood, solo piano

04/21 TBA

05/19 TBA

3rd Thursday of Every Month

Seating is limited to 20 people, RSVP required
$20 per seat

09.24.15Wordless

Just back from Buenos Aires, performed "Wordless" with Art Spiegelman, music composed by Phillip Johnston. Great band with Mike Hashim and Phillip Johnston on sax, Joe Fiedler on trombone, Dave Hofstra on bass, Michael Sarin on drums and yours truly on piano and melodica.

09.09.15Ralph Lee and Mettawee this weekend

Another beautiful inspiring magical fun Ralph Lee and Mettawee River Company production. Please come if you can! Ed Rosenberg and I will be making the music, a great company of actors will make it all happen. Hope to see you there!

Mettawee River Company presents OUT OF THE PAST
Celebrating 40 Years of the Mettawee Journey

In the garden of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue
September 11, 12 & 13 7:30 pm
Admission: Adults $15; Children & Seniors $7
mettawee.org
Designed & Directed by Ralph Lee
Music Composed by Neal Kirkwood
Costumes by Casey Compton
Choreographic Consultant: Hilary Easton
The Company:
Tanya Dougherty
Kristine Haruna Lee
Stephanie Gallas
Greg Manley
Tom Marion
Rob McFadyen
Jan-Peter Pedross
Musicians – Neal Kirkwood & Ed RosenBerg III

07.08.15Ralph Lee

Spending the week in a farmhouse in Washington County, with Ralph Lee and the Mettawee River Company, creating a new show. It will be performed at various outdoor venues upstate and New England, then in the garden of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine September 11,12 and 13. Ralph is an amazing, unclassifiable artist, a true genius!

05.16.15Neal Kirkwood Quintet at Smalls Jazz Club, Saturday, May 16th, 7:30 pm

Hope you can make it down to Smalls, this one will be fun! Original music, old and new.

THE NEAL KIRKWOOD QUINTET
@ SMALLS JAZZ CLUB
183 West 10th St., NYC
Saturday, May 16th
7:30 – 10 pm, $20 cover

The Neal Kirkwood Quintet will perform on Saturday, May 16th, 2015, at Smalls Jazz Club. The eponymous quintet is Neal Kirkwood, leader, pianist; Jimmy Cozier, alto sax; Ron Horton, trumpet; Lindsey Horner, bass; and Lieven Venken, drums.

05.10.15World premiere

Looking forward to this concert tomorrow!

This program Includes world premieres of new works by Richard Festinger, Neal Kirkwood, Diego Tedesco and Sheree Clement as well as works by Edward Cone and Philip Hurel. Lois Martin & Friends takes place on Sunday, May 10, 2015 at The Tenri Cultural Institute at 5:00 PM. Ms. Martin will be joined by percussionist Mike Truesdell, cellist Caroline Stinson and pianist Molly Morkoski. Tickets are $15 / $10 at the door.

Program

Sheree Clement Viola Trio, world premiere, commissioned by Lois Martin
Edward T. Cone Ostinato, Cadenza & Finale for viola, cello and piano
Philip Hurel Recueil for viola and percussion
Richard Festinger Récit for solo viola, world premiere, written for Lois Martin
Neal Kirkwood Three Boppisms and Four Thinking Songs for viola and marimba,world premiere, written for Lois Martin
Diego Tedesco Divertimento, world premiere, written for Lois Martin

04.14.15Composition Seminar with Neal Kirkwood, summer sessions

Times Square New York
International Jazz Composition Seminar
Led by Composer Neal Kirkwood

Session I June 15 - June 18
Session II July 13 - July 16
Session III August 10- August 13
Classes meet daily Monday through Thursdays, 6-8 pm.
US $300 per person.


Composer Neal Kirkwood will be leading a one week intensive seminar in compositional techniques, strategies and concepts. The course of study is designed to expand and liberate the sonic vision of jazz-oriented composers wishing to go \"beyond tunes.\"

Through analysis of scores by composers from different styles and genres, this seminar will explore compositional techniques and tools. Kirkwood will share his unique perspective, with his experience in jazz, classical and theater composition.

Class size is limited. Each participating composer is encouraged to bring one work-in-progress to develop and share during the sessions.

Monday and Tuesday will focus on harmony and form.
Wednesday and Thursday will look at orchestration and consider aspects of improvisation


Please send sample score (excerpts are fine) and indicate which session you are interested in attending to:
Neal Kirkwood
e-mail nealkirkwood@gmail.com

02.08.15Neal Kirkwood Quintet at Somethin' Jazz Club, Monday, March 2nd, 7pm

The Neal Kirkwood Quintet will be performing Monday March 2nd, 7pm, at Somethin' Jazz Club. Jimmy Cozier on sax, Ron Horton on trumpet, Lindsey Horner on bass, Lieven Venken on drums and Neal Kirkwood, piano.

212 East 52nd Street, 3rd Floor (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) New York, NY 212 371-7657 Subway: E/M to 53rd St stop or 6 to 51st St. stop. $12 cover.

01.14.15Neal Kirkwood Quartet at Third Street Music School, Friday, January 23rd, 7pm

The Neal Kirkwood Quartet will be performing Neal Kirkwood’s original compositions at the Third Street Music School, Friday, January 23th at 7 pm. Admission is free.

This concert will feature Neal Kirkwood, piano, with Jimmy Cozier, saxophone, Lieven Venken, drums and Lindsey Horner on bass.

Third Street Music School is at 235 East 11th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue. For more information call 212 586-9391.


12.04.14The Neal Kirkwood Quartet at Somethin' Jazz Club

Thursday, December 4th, 7-9pm, the Neal Kirkwood Quartet with Neal Kirkwood on piano, Jimmy Cozier on sax, Lindsey Horner on bass and Lieven Venken on drums will be performing at Somethin’ Jazz Club, 212 East 52nd Street, 3rd Floor (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) New York, NY 212 371-7657 Subway: E/M to 53rd St stop or 6 to 51st St. stop. $12 cover. Mostly original music old and new, some Ellington and a standard or two thrown in for good measure.

06.04.14Upcoming Events

September 12-14, 7:30 pm, The Dancing Fox, presented by Mettawee River Company, in the garden of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 112th St. and Amsterdam Ave. Adults $14, children amd seniors $7. Designed and directed by Ralph Lee, music by Neal Kirkwood in a rare appearance playing the accordion.
If you've never seen a Ralph Lee event, check it out, the man is a genius.

Friday, Sept. 19th, 7-9 pm, The Neal Kirkwood Quartet with Jimmy Cozier on sax, Lindsey Horner on bass and Lieven Venken on drums will be performing at Somethin’ Jazz Club, 212 East 52nd Street, 3rd Floor (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) New York, NY 212 371-7657 Subway: E/M to 53rd St stop or 6 to 51st St. stop. $12 cover. We'll be playing original music new and old, and some rarely played pieces by Ellington and Strayhorn, and maybe a standard or two.

03.07.14Neal Kirkwood Big Band at the Tea Lounge, Monday, March 10th, 8pm

The Neal Kirkwood Big Band will be performing Monday March 10th at the Tea Lounge in Brooklyn. Sets are at 8 and 9:30. We’ll be playing my original compositions, including a brand new arrangement called The Return. Please come out and hear this band, we don’t play very often, and it’s always exciting to hear a band like this performing live.

And what a band!

Saxes: Peter Brainin, Mike Cohen, Patience Higgins, Matt Hong and Dave Rieckenberg
Trumpets: Andy Gravish, Ron Horton, Chris Rogers and David Smith
Trombones: Art Baron, Curtis Fowlkes, Danny Hall and James Rogers
Rhythm Section: Rob Garcia, drums; Diana Herold, vibes; Aidan O’Donnell, bass and yours truly on piano

01.04.14Neal Kirkwood and Friends at the Third Street Music School, Friday January 10th at 7 pm

Neal Kirkwood and Friends will be performing Kirkwood’s original compositions at the Third Street Music School, Friday, January 10th at 7 pm. Admissin is free.

The concert will feature solo piano, trio with Lieven Venken on drums, and Lindsey Horner on bass, special guest saxophonists Jimmy Cozier, Rob Sudduth, Ryan Park-Chan and Harry Mann, plus the a vocal quartet with Amy London, Holli Ross, Dylan Pramuk and Tim Harrison performing selections from Kirkwood’s settings of Jack Kerouac’s Mexico City Blues.

Third Street Music School is at 235 East 11th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue. For more information call 212 586-9391.

10.19.13Neal Kirkwood Big Band at the Tae Lounge, Monday October 28th 9 pm

The Neal Kirkwood Big Band will be appearing at the Tea Lounge, Monday, October 28th at 9 pm.

This 17-piece jazz band will play Kirkwood's original music, both new and old, including a couple of excerpts from Mexico City Blues (inspired by Jack Kerouac's poetry) and Jim Knew (a tribute to Brooklyn playwright and friend
Jim Neu.)

Hope to see you there.

The Tea Lounge, 837 Union St., Park Slope, Brooklyn. 718 789-2762

The band:

Saxes- Jimmy Cozier, Bruce Williamson, Adam Kolker, Mike Cohen, Patience Higgins

Trumpets- Ron Horton, Andy Gravish, John Eckert, Irvin Grossman

Trombones- Sam Burtis, Curtis Fowlkes, Danny Hall, Jennifer Wharton

Rhythm section- Diana Herold, vibes; Aidan O'Donnell, bass; Allison Miller, drums; Neal Kirkwood, piano

06.21.13Neal Kirkwood Big Band at the Tea Lounge, Monday July 22nd, 9pm

The Neal Kirkwood Big Band
Mon. March 11th
Sets @ 9 & 10:30 PM
The Tea Lounge
837 Union St    
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 789-2762

The Neal Kirkwood Big Band makes their debut appearance at the Tea Lounge, Monday March 11th, 9 pm

Pianist and composer Neal Kirkwood's 17-piece big band performs performs Kirkwood's book of adventurous, eclectic, mysterious and swinging compositions, including the premiere of What Satie Sees Strolling Ruefully and excerpts from Kirkwood's suite "The Future of Futurism".

Kirkwood's music is a product of his experiences in jazz, classical music and theater. He has a fascination for texture and the sonorous implications of large groups of tonally divergent instruments. He also explores the variations of formal structures possible in the context of this large ensemble.

The band:

Saxes: Dan Block, Jimmy Cozier, Patience Higgins, Adam Kolker, Mike McGuiness

Trombones: Art Baron, Sam Burtis, Danny Hall

Trumpets: Andy Gravish, Miki Hirose,Matt Holman

Rhythm section: Neal Kirkwood, vibes and marimba, Diana Herold, vibes and marimba, Aidan O'Donnell, bass, Lieven Venken, drums

05.13.13Composition Seminar with Neal Kirkwood, summer sessions


Special Summer Session
Composition Workshop
Led by Composer Neal Kirkwood

New York composer Neal Kirkwood will be leading a two-week seminar in compositional techniques, strategies and concepts. The course of study is designed to expand
and liberate the sonic vision of jazz-oriented composers wishing to go "beyond tunes."

Through analysis of scores by composers from different styles and genres, this seminar will explore compositional techniques and tools. Kirkwood will share his unique perspective, with his experience in jazz, classical and theater composition.
     
Class size is limited. Each participating composer should bring one work-in-progress to develop and share during the session.

Three two--week sessions are offered:
Session I     June 25 - July 3
Session II   July 16 - July 25
Session III July 30- August 8

Classes meet twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays (except July 4) 7-9 pm.

Week 1 will focus on harmony and form.
Week 2 will look at orchestration and consider aspects of improvisation

US $300 per person.  

Please send sample score (excerpts are fine) and indicate which session you are interested in attending to:
Neal Kirkwood
e-mail nealkirkwood@gmail.com

03.29.13Neal Kirkwood Trio and Chorus, Third Street Music School, Friday April 5th, 7PM

Composer and pianist Neal Kirkwood will be performing his original music with his trio and 16-voice chorus at the Third Street Music School, 235 East 11th St. New York City, Friday April 5th 7 PM.

This springtime concert will feature Kirkwood's recently composed song cycle "Ruminations," musical settings of poems by the mystical Persian poet Rumi, for 16-voice jazz chorus and jazz sextet. It will be performed by Afterhours Jazz Vocal Ensemble from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. Kirkwood will also be performing with his trio featuring Lindsey Horner on bass and Allison Miller on drums.

03.04.13Neal Kirkwood Big Band at the Tea Lounge, Monday march 11th 9 pm

The Neal Kirkwood Big Band
Mon. July 22nd
Sets @ 9 & 10:30 PM
The Tea Lounge
837 Union St    
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 789-2762

The Neal Kirkwood Big Band wii perform at the Tea Lounge, Monday March 11th, 9 pm

Pianist and composer Neal Kirkwood's 17-piece big band performs performs Kirkwood's book of adventurous, eclectic, mysterious and swinging compositions, including a premiere of What Satie Sees Strolling Ruefully and excerpts from Kirkwood's suite "The Future of Futurism".

Kirkwood's music is a product of his experiences in jazz, classical music and theater. He has a fascination for texture and the sonorous implications of large groups of tonally divergent instruments. He also explores the variations of formal structures possible in the context of this large ensemble.

The band:

Saxes: Dan Block, Jimmy Cozier, Patience Higgins, Adam Kolker, Mike McGuiness

Trombones: Art Baron, Sam Burtis

Trumpets: Andy Gravish, Miki Hirose, Matt Holman

Rhythm section: Neal Kirkwood, vibes and marimba, Diana Herold, vibes and marimba, Aidan O'Donnell, bass, Lieven Venken, drums

03.29.12THE NEAL KIRKWOOD OCTET At SMALLS JAZZ CLUB, SATURDAY, APRIL 7th, 7:30 pm 183 West 10th St., NYC SATURDAY, APRIL 7th 7:30 pm, $20 cover Hi friends, The Neal Kirkwood Octet revs up for another evening of rambunctious and ambitious jazz. Saturday April 7th at 7:30 pm, Smalls Jazz Club. The line-up: Neal Kirkwood, piano; Jimmy Cozier, sax; Jed Levy, sax; Vincent Chancey, French horn; Jack Walrath, trumpet; Corey King, trombone; Lindsey Horner, bass; and Jeff Brillinger, drums. $20 gets you in for the whole eve.

The Neal Kirkwood Octet revs up for another evening of rambunctious and ambitious jazz. Saturday April 7th at 7:30 pm, Smalls Jazz Club.183 West 10th St., NYC, 7:30 pm, $20 coverThe line-up: Neal Kirkwood, piano; Jimmy Cozier, sax; Jed Levy, sax; Vincent Chancey, French horn; Jack Walrath, trumpet; Corey King, trombone; Lindsey Horner, bass; and Jeff Brillinger, drums. $20 gets you in for the whole evening.

02.04.12Gorilla, My Love and Beat Suite at the Bowery Poetry Club, Sunday, Feb. 12th, 7 pm

Sunday, February 12th, 7 pm, at thr Bowery Poetry Club, Bowery between Bleeker and Houston. $10 cover

Gorilla, My Love with Harry Mann and Neal Kirkwood

Beat Suite, a song cycle by Neal Kirkwood

Dee Mcmillen, vocals
Matt Asti, vocals
Tim Harrison, flute, piano and vocals
Lindsey Horner, bass
Allison Miller, drums
Neal Kirkwood, piano and vibes

12.18.11Neal Kirkwood and Friends at 3rd Street Music School, January 20th, 7pm, free

Neal Kirkwood and friends will be performing at the Third Street Music School Settlement, Friday January 20th at 7 pm (please note the early start time) They will be premiering a new work of Kirkwood's, Dance Suite for 7 Musicians.The performers are Jimmy Cozier, alto sax and flute; Rob Sudduth, tenor sax and bass clarinet; Curtis Fowlkes, trombone; Diana Herold, percussion; Lindsey Horner, bass; Lieven Venken, drums, and Neal Kirkwood, piano. There will also be some solo piano and trio music.

Third Street Music School is at 235 E. 11th St. near 2nd Ave. Absolutely free! Hope to see you there.

05.10.11Neal Kirkwood Trio at the Rhythm in the Kitchen Festival, May 27th

I’ll be playing with my trio on Friday, May 27th at 7 PM as the opening performance for the “Rhythm in the Kitchen" Music Festival. Hope to see you there.

Neal Kirkwood Trio: Neal Kirkwood, piano; Lindsey Horner, bass; Sunny Jain, drums

The Fifth Annual “Rhythm in the Kitchen" Music Festival

Friday, May 27th, Saturday, May 28th 2011
The Church for All Nations
417 West 57th Street
(between. 9th and 10th Avenue)

03.05.11Neal Kirkwood Trio at 3rd Street Music School, March 18th, 7:30 pm

The Neal kirkwood Trio will be performing at 3rd Street Music School on Friday, March 18th at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. The performers are Neal Kirkwood, piano; Lindsey Horner, bass; and Lieven Venken, drums.

The 3rd St. Music School is at 235 E. 11th St. near 2nd Ave.

01.20.11Songs at Smalls, January 29th, 5-7 pm

NEAL KIRKWOOD will be performing two new original Song Cycles, Beat Suite and Ruminations, Saturday, January 29th at SMALLS JAZZ CLUB, 183 West 10th Street, NYC, 5-7 pm. There is a $7 cover .

“Beat Suite" is a contemporary jazz setting of five songs set to poems written by Beat era poets Lawrence Ferlinghetti, James Harmon, Bob Kaufman and Lew Welch.

“Ruminations," for jazz chorus and rhythm section is a setting by Kirkwood to poems by 13th century Persian poet Rumi, with additional Rumi-inspired lyrics by John Fleming.

The singers for Beat Suite are Dee McMillen, Pete McGuiness, and Tim Harrison. Ruminations will be performed by Afterhours, a 13-voice jazz chorus from Kutztown University, Pennsylvania, with Harry Mann on alto sax. Both pieces will be accompanied by a rhythm section featuring Neal Kirkwood, piano and vibes, Lindsey Horner, bass and Allison Miller, drums.

01.05.11Monday nights in January

The Neal Kirkwood Vibes Trio will be performing Monday nights in January at the Cafe Martinique, 2160 Broadway at 32nd St. 8-12 pm, no cover charge. The trio features Neal on vibraphone, Jeff Carney on bass and Jeff Brillinger on drums. Come on by!

Also, Smalls Jazz Club's will present 2 of Neal's song cycles as part of their poetry evening, Saturday, January 29th at 5 pm. The pieces are Beat Suite, musical settings of Beat poets Laurence Ferlinghetti, Bob Kaufman, James Harmon, and Lew Welch, plus a premiere of Ruminations, settings of poems by Rumi for jazz chorus and rhythm section.

09.08.10Charles Jones centennial concert

Friends, colleagues and students of composer Charles Jones celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth in a concert on Friday, September 24 at 8 PM in the concert hall of the Mannes College of Music. The program features two works by Jones himself: String Quartet No. 6 and Sonata for Piano, 4-Hands. Also on the concert are Darius Milhaud’s Saudades do Brazil (for solo piano); the cavatina from Ludwig Van Beethoven’s String Quartet, Op. 130; and works by two of Jones’s former students: Neal Kirkwood’s Three Descriptions of Surrealist Paintings (for violin and cello) and David Macdonald’s Two Pieces for String Quartet. The performers are: Calvin Wiersma and Conrad Harris, violin; Dan Panner, viola; Rob LaRue, cello; and Jonathan Faiman and Neal Kirkwood, piano.

Tickets are not required for this FREE concert. The Mannes College of Music is on 150 West 85 St., between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. To reach Mannes by subway, take the 1 or 9 train to 86th Street. For further information, contact Neal Kirkwood at (212) 586-7807.

Composer Charles Jones was born on June 21, 1910 in Tamworth, Canada. He moved to Toronto at age ten where he studied violin and theory. In 1928 he went to New York to continue his education at the Institute of Musical Art with Sascha Jacobson. He graduated in 1932 in the violin.

In 1935, Jones entered the Juilliard School, where he studied composition with Bernard Wagenaar. He was subsequently sent by the Juilliard School to teach at Mills College, California. There he met the French composer, Darius Milhaud, who became a longtime friend and collaborator. The two taught together for thirty years, first at Mills, then at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and finally at the Aspen Music Festival. After Milhaud retired in 1969, Jones continued at Aspen as composer-in-residence until 1989. In 1946 Jones moved to New York City, where he taught at the Juillard School and at the Mannes College of Music as head of the Composition Department.

Jones wrote more than ninety compositions, including four symphonies and ten string quartets. His music was played by the New York Philharmonic; the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; the National Symphony Orchestra; the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; and the San Francisco, St. Louis, and Dallas Symphonies, among many others. His music is recorded on CRI and Albany Records. He died in 1997.

08.10.10Neal kirkwood Trio in California

The Neal Kirkwood Trio, with Jeff Carney on bass and Eddie Marshall on drums, will be performing a jazz concert Sunday, August 22nd, 4 m, at JB Piano Company, 540 Irwin Street, San Rafael, Ca. Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 in advance. Call 415 456-9280 for reservations.

The Trio will be performing original compositions by Kirkwood and Marshall, as well as jazz standards and classics by Monk and Ellington. Neal Kirkwood, originally from the Bay Area, has been living in New York City since 1981, where he has been active as a performer, composer and band leader. He and bassist Jeff Carney, also living in New York City, have an association dating back to their high school days in Santa Rosa, California. Eddie Marshall is acknowledged as a leading figure in the evolution of San Francisco’s contemporary jazz sound. They bring their collective experience and enthusiasm to what promises to be an afternoon of swinging and adventurous piano trio jazz.

05.25.10Neal Kirkwood Octet at Smalls

The Octet is back at Smalls. Saturday, May 29th, 7:30 PM. As usual, I'm fortunate to have such great musicians playing this music: Jack Walrath, Vincent Chancey, Jed Levy, Mike McGuiness, David Gibson, Tom Rainey, and Lindsey Horner. Please come on down.

03.15.10April 2010

The Chromatic Persuaders return! Friday, April 9th, 7:30 pm, at the Third Street Music School Settlement, 235 East 11th St. New York City, free admission. The Chromatic Persuaders are Mark Feldman, violin; Lindsey Horner, bass; Tom Rainey, drums; and Neal Kirkwood; piano. We toured Europe and recorded a couple of CDs in the 1990's but have been on hiatus the last few years. I'm really looking forward to playing with these guys again!

01.23.10February 2010

The Neal Kirkwood Octet is back- at Smalls Jazz Club, Saturday, February 20th,
7:30- 10. For this show we will have Jed Levy and Douglas Yates on sax, Jack Walrath on trumpet, Vincent Chancey on French horn, Curtis Fowlkes on trombone, Lindsey Horner on bass, Jeff Brillinger on frums, and myself on piano. We'll be performing our usual mix of my original compositions and arrangements of the great jazz composers- Duke, Monk, and for this gig an arrangement of Bill evans' Turn Out the Stars.

07.27.09July 2009

I've composed music for two theater productions this summer:

Beyond the High Valley, for Ralph Lee and the Metawee River Theater Company. They are currently touring in upstate New York, and will perform September 11-13 and 18-20 at St. John the Divine in New York City. It's a beautiful showing using puppets and flights of imagination to retell an ancient Quechuan myth from Peru.

I just returned from Ohio where I composed and perfromed music for A Price To Pay, for the Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse, directed by John Fleming. The show was written by Daniel Malarkey, and performed by a talented cast of young performers.