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News Archive 2012/13/14

12.04.14 - The 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.

06.04.14 - Upcoming 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.

03.07.14 - Neal Kirkwood Big Band at the Tea Lounge

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

01.04.14 - Neal Kirkwood and Friends at the Third Street Music School

Neal Kirkwood and Friends will be performing Kirkwood’s original compositions at the Third Street Music School, Friday

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.

10.19.13 - Neal Kirkwood Big Band at the Tae Lounge

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

06.21.13 - Neal Kirkwood Big Band at the Tea Lounge

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

05.13.13 - Composition 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

03.29.13 - Neal Kirkwood Trio and Chorus, Third Street Music School

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.

03.04.13 - Neal Kirkwood Big Band at the Tea Lounge

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

03.29.12 - THE 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.

02.04.12 - Gorilla, My Love and Beat Suite at the Bowery Poetry Club

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

News Archive 2009/10/11

12.18.11 - Neal Kirkwood and Friends at 3rd Street Music School

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.

05.10.11 - Neal 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)

03.05.11 - Neal 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.

01.20.11 - Songs 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.

01.05.11 - Monday 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.

09.08.10 - Charles 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.

08.10.10 - Neal 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.

05.25.10 - Neal 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.

03.15.10 - April 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!

01.23.10 - February 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.

07.27.09 - July 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.