Works

I currently have over 150 compositions and arrangements in my catalog.  Below are works that are currently available for purchase.  

 

 

UPACARA

Mutliple Percussion Solo

Duration: ca. 8:30

Available through Per-Mus Publications

 

 

Instrumentation: 

(3) Finger Cymbals, 8" Black Swamp Spectrum Triangle, Bongos, Conga, Rack Tom, Floor Tom, Bass Drum w/ pedal, Woodblock, China Cymbal, Large Gong

 

Program Notes:

Using an assortment of membranophones along with resonant metallic percussion to imitate gamelan, Upacara depicts a mystic and sometimes barbaric ancient archipelagic ritual.

 

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PERCEPTIONS OF TIME

Multiple Percussion Solo w/ Playback

Duration: ca. 7:10

 

Instrumentation:

High Woodblock, Low Woodblock, Small Jam Block, Glass Bottle, Small PVC Pipe, Medium Cymbal, Splash Cymbal, Mechanical Bell Metronome, Playback

 

Program Notes:

Many facets of the world are perceived through a singular sense. We see colors, hear sounds, and feel textures. But what sense or combination of senses do we use for time perception? It is certainly not identified with one particular sense. In fact, it is odd to say that we see or hear time passing. Veritably, even if all of our senses were interrupted, we could still observe the passing of time through our changing patterns of thought. Perhaps, then, we have a special ability beyond the five senses for perceiving time. Or maybe it is more reasonable to think that we notice time through perception of other things.

Time perception raises a number of thought-provoking questions and philosophies. Based on metric modulation and rhythmic phasing, Perceptions of Time attempts to unmask some of the means through which we are made aware of time.

 

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DUPLEX 

Multiple Percussion Duet

Duration: ca. 11:30

 

Instrumentation:

Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Bongos, (2) China Cymbals, Vibraphone, Crotales, Large Gong, Ocean Drum, Nutshell Shaker

 

Program Notes: 

Duplex is defined as: 1.) a house that is divided into two halves and is inhabited by two separate families or tenants with separate entrances and exits. 2.) transmission of signals along a communications channel in both directions at the same time, for example, over a telephone line or 3.) consisting of pairs of units or components that perform the same machine function but operate independently.

Modeled after Nebojsa Zivkovic's Trio Per Uno, it is a duet  written with the minimalistic idea of "doing more with less."  Many traits of the two most influential composers in my career (Steve Reich and Nebojsa Zivkovic) are evident, along with the characteristics stated in the above mentioned definitions.

 

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THE SINGLE MULTIPLE BOOK

Multiple Percussion Solo Collection

 

Instrumentation:

Bass Drum w/ pedal, Snare Drum, Bongos, Conga, Medium Tom, Floor Tom, Cowbell, Triangle, Cymbal, Woodblock, Tambourine

 

Description:

A collection of 10 multiple percussion solos ranging in levels from beginning to advanced.  Each solo uses the same setup making it the perfect muliple percussion book for rehearsal space and budgets.  No more having multiple stations or moving instruments from one station to another!  Each solo offers a creative approach using various sticks, mallets, brushes, beaters, and playing areas that help expose students to the sonorous capabilities of multiple percussion while honing technical and musical skills.  Perfect for educators seeking a single book AND single setup that can be used with all of their students for contests, recitals, and auditions.  

 

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CREATIVE CONTEST SOLOS FOR SNARE DRUM

Snare Drum Solo Collection

 

Description:

A collection of 10 creative contest solos for snare drum ranging in levels from beginning to advanced.  Each solo offers a creative approach using various sticks, mallets, brushes, and playing areas that help expose students to the sonorous capabilities of the snare drum while honing technical and musical skills. Perfect for educators seeking a single book that can be used with all of their students for contests, recitals, and auditions.

 

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CREATIVE CONTEST SOLOS FOR TIMPANI

Timpani Solo Collection

 

Description:

A collection of 10 creative solos for timpani ranging in levels from beginning to advanced.  Each solo offers a creative approach using various mallets, brushes, and playing areas that help expose students to the sonorous capabilities of the timpani while honing technical and musical skills. Perfect for educators seeking a single book that can be used with all of their students for contests, recitals, and auditions. Includes solos for 2, 3, and 4 timpani.

 

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LA CATHEDRALE ENGLOUTIE - Claude Debussy  arr. Kirk

Percussion Ensemble (8 players)

Duration: ca. 6:00

 

Instrumentation:

5.0 Marimba, 4.6 Marimba, (2) 4.3 Marimbas, (2) Vibraphones, Chimes, Glockenspiel, Crotales, Ocean Drum

 

Description:

One of Debussy's most famous works comes to life for percussion ensemble.  Colorful harmonies and lush texture are exemplified through creative scoring and is sure to be rewarding for both the performers and audience.

 

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REI TAIKO

Percussion Ensemble (3 or more players)

Duration: ca. 4:30

 

Instrumentation:

3 or more floor toms (one for each player), Bongos

 

Description:

A tour de force for young percussion ensemble.  The spirit of Japanese Taiko is capture through heart-pounding rhythms and extreme dynamic contrasts.  Accessible instrumentation and musical reward make this piece a must for any young ensemble.

 

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A DAY AT THE OFFICE

Novelty Percussion Ensemble (5 players)

Duration: ca. 5:00

 

Instrumentation:

5 Desks, 5 Staplers, 5 Sheets of paper, 4 Coffee Mugs, 4 Spoons, 2 Keyboards, Large Plastic Trash Can, Large Box of

Paper Clips, Receptionist Bell, File Cabinet (any size), Electric Paper Shredder

 

Description:

A humorous work that will add the perfect touch of comedy to your next concert!

 

 

 

 

Sample Clip - Perceptions of Time - Kirk
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Upacara - Kirk
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Duplex II - Kirk
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Duplex III - Kirk
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La Cathedrale Engloutie - Debussy/Kirk
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