Monday, February 19, 2007


Kurt Newman is a guitarist and improvisor. A native of Toronto, Canada, Newman moved to Austin, Texas several years ago, and has recently relocated to Santa Barbara, California. Over the past decade, Newman has focused his creative energies on non-idiomatic improvisation, and continues to work on refining his voice as an improvisor. Among his collaborators: (Europe) John Butcher, Mats Gustafsson, Thomas Lehn, Roger Turner, Jaap Blonk; (Japan) Tetuzi Akiyama; (USA) Kyle Bruckmann, Chris Cogburn, Dave Dove, Nick Hennies, Henry Kaiser, Fred Lonberg-Holm; (Canada): Mike Gennaro, Eric Chenaux, John Oswald, Michael Snow, Mauro Savo, Sam Shalabi, Alexandre St-Onge. Kurt has also worked in the field of musical education, co-conducting a weekly improvisation workshop in Austin with percussionist Chris Cogburn, and in collaborations with movement artists-- in particular, Canadian dancer Aimee Dawn Robinson, clown Aaron Tucker (in the trio Perruque, also with Cogburn), and the Austin-based Improvisation Movement Project. Newman has been in a number of bands: Sackville, Picastro, Wrist Error, Marmots, Golden Melody Awards, and Weird Weeds.

In addition to improvising and recording a solo album,
Newman's current projects also include The Long Telegram, a reductionist shred-metal band, with drummer Nick Hennies, and Daphnomancy, an improvised music and text project with poet Michelle Detorie.