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Pianist and Composer
Kurt Ellenberger is a jazz pianist and composer whose work includes music for a wide range of ensembles. His writings include a jazz theory book and other pedagogical writings, as well as many essays that appear in his arts blog "Also Sprach FraKathustra" which was a semi-finalist in Carnegie Hall's "Great Arts Blogger" competition.
He has recorded on Innova Recordings, Ghostly International, Challenge-A Records (Netherlands) and others, and has been hailed as "a gifted pianist who combines the lyricism of Bill Evans with the energy of Keith Jarrett." He is a member of the Grand Valley New Music Ensemble whose recent recordings of Terry Riley’s “IN C: Remixed” and Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians” have been featured in the New York Times and the New Yorker as well as in many of the nation’s leading publications.
He is also a founding member of Ütaké, a unique trio performing improvisatory music featuring the shakuhachi flute. Ellenberger is a faculty member in the Frederik Meijer Honors College at Grand Valley State University where he has been teaching since 1999.
He is currently working on music for a suite of iPod/iPad games when not tending to his chickens or playing backgammon for fun and profit.