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Website for composer/pianist Neal Kirkwood

3/9/2021 - Updates

Hi friends. Crazy times! I’ve been staying busy this past year. No gigs, but keeping an active teaching schedule, composing, and working to make my music available to you, both for listening and performance.

This new website is part of the process. You can find my recordings and scores here, many available for the first time. This will be an ongoing project as I catalog and share my work.

My new solo piano recording, “Welcome to My Dream,” interpretations of songs by Jimmy Van Heusen, Burton Lane, Frank Loesser and Richard Rodgers, will be released in March.

You can watch a performance of my composition Three Easy Pieces for Hard Times perfromed by my student Jackie Ramirez here https://fb.watch/44L6UNDPTa/

I have just finished mastering a recording of my “Three Dances for Four Hands” which I recorded with Tim Harrison at Oktaven Studio. You can find selected tracks on my Soundcloud page.

Five Pentanonic Studies for Vibraphone and Guitar was composed for the father/son duo of David and JP Moreno. Here is a video of them playing Study #1. 

 
I’ve composed a new piece for my Blue Inventions Trio; a song cycle for children’s chorus set to translations of Chinese poems by Kenneth Rexroth; and music for piano left hand alone, including an original Sonatina and arrangements of jazz standards. Also catching up on some earlier compositions. Stay tuned for updates.

Stay safe and well! Please feel free to contact me with questions and comments.

News Archive 2018/19

1/17/2020 - Neal Kirkwood at Third Street Music School

Hi friends

Coming up this Friday- Third Street Music School Livesounds concert Friday January 17th at 7pm. Neal Kirkwood and friends performing my compositions for piano two hands, four hands, eight hands, and percussion. Four world premieres! Hope you can make it!

04.14.19 - Blue Inventions at Mezzrow

I’ll be back at Mezzrow Sunday April 14th with Tim Harrison and Ron Horton. We’ll be playing music from our recent Blue Inventions CD and lots of new material. (you can find the CD at cdbaby.com) Hope you can make it!

Neal Kirkwood, piano and vibes; Tim Harrison, flute and piano; Ron Horton, flugelhorn.
Blue Inventions Trio with new music by composer/pianist Neal Kirkwood
Mezzrow, 163 W. 10th St., NYC (646) 476-4364 for reservations
Sunday, April 14th. Two sets at 7:30 and 9:00 pm, $20 Music Charge

"Neal Kirkwood's music is that of a pianist and composer with a taste for beauty and an affection for disruption." Howard Mandel

01.21.19 - Neal Kirkwood Big Band at The Slope Lounge

Hi friends,
We’re back! Monday night January 21st at The Slope Lounge (formerly Sir D's).
The Neal Kirkwood Big Band
Sets @ 8 & 9:30 PM “The Slope Lounge" 837 Union St
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718) 789-2762
Hope to see you there

12.14.18 - Blue Inventions Trio at Third Street Music School

Neal Kirkwood’s Blue Inventions Trio:

Neal Kirkwood, piano; Tim Harrison, flute; Ron Horton, flugelhorn. We’ll be performing music from my new CD, Blue Inventions.
Third Street Music School, 235 East 11th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Ave.)
Friday, December 14th, 7pm, admisson is free.

10.28.18 - Two concerts!

Two events on Sunday October 28th:

1. The Harlem Chamber Players will perform my pice Three Descriptions of Surrealist Paintings for Violin and Cello

Afternoon Chamber Music Concert
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3 PM

Goddard Riverside Community Center's Bernie Wohl Center
647 Columbus Avenue at 91st Street
New York, NY 10025

2. The Neal Kirkwood Blue Inventions Trio with Tim Harrison and Ron Horton will be at Scholes Street Studio, 375 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY
Sunday, October 28, 8PM, $15 cover

09.10.18 - Neal Kirkwood Big Band at The Slope Lounge

Hi friends,
We’re back! Monday night September 10th at The Slope Lounge (formerly Sir D's).
The Neal Kirkwood Big Band Monday, September 10th, Sets @ 8 & 9:30 PM “The Slope Lounge" 837 Union St
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718) 789-2762
Hope to see you there
The band:
Saxes: Dan Block, Patience Higgins, Matt Hong, Adam Kolker, Bruce Wiliiamson
Trombones: Art Baron, Sam Burtis, Curtis Fowlkes, James Rogers
Trumpets: Andy Gravish, Ron Horton, Dave Smith, James Zollar
Rhythm section: Neal Kirkwood, piano, Aidan O'Donnell, bass, Rob Garcia, drums

06.12.18 - New CD, "Blue Inventions"

Excited to announce the release of my new CD "Blue Inventions" July 1st, 2018. It's a set of trios and duets with Tim Harrison on flute and alto flute and Ron Horton on flugelhorn, as well as several solo piano compositions. We'll be celebrating the release July 15th, 8pm, at Mezzrow, 163 West 10th St.

02.05.18 - The Neal Kirkwood Big Band Monday, February 5th, Sets @ 8 & 9:30 PM “Sir D’s Lounge” 837 Union S

Hi friends,
We’re back! Monday night at Sir D’s, come on by.
The Neal Kirkwood Big Band Monday, February 5th, Sets @ 8 & 9:30 PM “Sir D’s Lounge" 837 Union St
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718) 789-2762
Hope to see you there
The band:
Saxes: Dan Block, Patience Higgins, Matt Hong, Adam Kolker, Bruce Wiliiamson
Trombones: Art Baron, Sam Burtis, Curtis Fowlkes, James Rogers
Trumpets: Andy Gravish, Ron Horton, Dave Smith, James Zollar
Rhythm section: Neal Kirkwood, piano, Aidan O'Donnell, bass, Vinnie Sperrazza, drums

01.19.18 - Neal Kirkwood faculty concert at Third Street Music School, Friday January 19th, 7pm

January 19th, 7 pm

Neal Kirkwood, composer and pianist, faculty concert at Third Street Music School

Charlie Young, featured alto saxophonist, with string quartet, piano, bass and drums.

Third Street Music School
235 East 11th Street, NYC, NY

01.17.18 - Neal Kirkwood Quartet, Kitano, Wednesday January 17th, 8 and 10 pm

January 17th, sets at 8 and 10 pm.

Jazz at Kitano, 66 Park Avenue, NYC, NY

Wednesday, January 17th, the Neal Kirkwood Quartet with special guest Charlie Young on sax, with Essiet Ikon Essiet on bass and Mike Clark on drums. Come to hear us at Jazz at Kitano, a classy gem of a jazz club, 66 Park Ave, New York City. Sets at 8 and 10pm. There is a $17 cover and $20 minimum.

Charlie Young is a brilliant saxophonist out of DC. The quartet will be playing Kirkwood originals and jazz standards, including the rarely heard Billy Strayhorn composition the Ballad of the Very Sad and Very Lonely Lotus Eaters. This is a great chance to hear Charlie Young in a small group setting in a wonderful New York City jazz club.

I’m happy to announce two gigs in November:

1. Sunday, November 14th the Neal Kirkwood Big Band will be performing at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 7:30-10:30 pm, admission $20. The Brooklyn Conservatory is Park Slope, Brooklyn, 58 Seventh Ave (at Lincoln Pl.)  This concert is being presented by Connection Works.  Please RSVP to attend in person.  http://www.connectionworks.org/events

 2. Friday November 19th Neal Kirkwood’s Blue Inventions Trio will be appearing at the Third Street Music School, 235 East 11th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.  The concert begins at 7 and is free to the public.  RSVP to attend in person.  https://thirdstreetmusicschool.org/live-sounds