Bio

 

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 and 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 as well as in many of the nation’s leading publications including The New Yorker. 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.