MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2020
Artist StatementAll excerpts were composed and self-recorded at my home studio. All instruments were performed by myself: Saxophone (alto, tenor, bari), flute, bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, guitar, electric bass, drums/cymbals, piano/keys, and electronic programing. My influences for these short tracks include Eddie Palmieri, Miles Davis, Steve Coleman, Jay-Z, Ron Carter, Mike Brecker and beyond.
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Russell Kirk is a native of Baltimore. Russell studied at Towson University and The Peabody Conservatory. While earning his master’s degree at New York University, Russell was an adjunct faculty member at The Steinhardt School of Culture, headed a music outreach program in Harlem, and interned at Saturday Night Live.
Russell has performed and recorded with a widely diverse list, among them – The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic, The Temptations, The Four Tops. In addition, he has played with: Sam Rivers, Terri Lyne Carrington, Dennis Chambers, John Scofield, Wayne Krantz, Kenny Werner, Jill Scott, Vusi Mahlasela, Paquito D'Rivera and many others.