Nurock, Kirk


Kirk Nurock
MM, Composition, The Juilliard School
Part-Time Faculty Member, School of Jazz

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Areas of Expertise:
Composer and pianist Kirk Nurock orchestrated for Dizzy Gillespie, Leonard Bernstein, and Meredith Monk; conducted a work for 20 voices and three canines at Carnegie Hall; and won a scholarship at age 16, awarded by Duke Ellington. In 1971, he founded the Natural Sound Workshop, dedicated to exploring the sounds of untrained voices. The video documentary Animalsong chronicles his compositions for chorus and the animals of the Bronx Zoo. Mr. Nurock’s works have been performed by Clark Terry, Eddie Gomez, Jane Ira Bloom, Rufus Reid, Theo Bleckmann, Janis Siegel, and Miles Griffith. Nurock has been interviewed by Studs Terkel, published by Schirmer’s, and recorded on Columbia Masterworks. He served as a professor at Berlin’s Hochschule der Künste and a board member of Meet the Composer. His projects have been broadcast on PBS, NBC, and Bravo. Keyboard Magazine called him “joyously iconoclastic,” and the New York Times wrote, “Mr. Nurock has unique credentials.”
Courses Taught:
  • Score Reading and Analysis
  • Arranging Fundamentals
  • Twentieth-Century Innovators
  • Songwriting for Vocalists
  • Private lessons in composition and piano
Recent Publications:

Still at Sea (Koch Jazz, 2001) (solo piano CD)

Remembering Tree Friends (Koch Jazz, 1998) (piano trio CD)

Kirk Nurock: A Song Sampler (Second Floor Music) (song folio)

Other compositions and projects recorded on Angel, TelArc, Tzadik, Traumton, Channel Crossings, 8 Bells, ABC Paramount, Environments, and JazzSoul labels

Commissions from the Meridian Arts Ensemble and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus

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