“Everyone needs to express themselves, and whether it’s positive or negative, us Americans aren’t afraid to do so. Having access to an arts education allows us to find healthy ways to express ourselves. The arts give us malleability to live happy and productive lives.” A. Kruziki
At home in music education, performance and production, Aaron Kruziki is a Juno Award winning multiple reed player and keyboardist ('19 Jazz Album of the Year). Aaron has appeared as a soloist at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the OpDerSchmelz Chopin and Piano Plus Festivals in Luxembourg, Festival de la Medina in Tunisia, the Charlie Parker and Winter Jazz festivals in New York City, the BeanTown Jazz Festival in Boston, and the Toronto Jazz Festival. He has appeared as a clinician and guest artist at McGill University, University of Toronto, Humber college, University of Northern Iowa and University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Kruziki performs and collaborates with artists in California, Georgia, New York, Wisconsin, Michigan and Massachussets.
Kruziki's multi-woodwind playing, composing, MIDI programming and singing can be heard on recordings released on the Sunnyside, Whirlwind, Red Piano, Waltzing-Parke, Armored, Redefining Darkness, FYO and A-Side labels. In 2012, Kruziki was commissioned by Ken-David Masur's Chelsea Music Festival to write a new work inspired by Shusaku Endo's novel Silence. This piece, Nothing More Than Nothing utilizes John Cage's Lecture on Nothing as lyric motivation for vocoder, clarinet, electric guitar, double bass and percussion. Kruziki has collaborated with visual artists Karine Laval and Morgan O'Hara, and contributed to a reinvisioning of Olivier Messian's Quartet for the End of Time by dancer Ian Spencer Bell. His multi-disciplinary works have been featured at the Noorderlicht Photo Festival in the Netherlands, the Rubin Art Museum and Benrubi Art Gallery in New York City and the Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco.
Kruziki has appeared in concert with Tony Award winning actress Bernadette Peters and multi-Grammy winning comedian Joan Rivers. He has also appeared with jazz greats Andy Milne, Ben Monder, Ralph Alessi, Stanley Clarke, Fred Hersch, Clare Fischer, Jim McNeely, Azure McCall and Randy Brecker. Kruziki's work in classical and indie-rock includes premiers and recordings with members of the Sydney Piano Trio, members of the ICE Ensemble, composer-performer Jakub Rojek, singer-songwriter Seth Bernard, members of Perfect Pussy, Star Rover, and tours with critically acclaimed bands Cuddle Magic, Rubblebucket and Lake Street Dive. Kruziki continues to study the duduk, an Armenian traditional double reed, and collaborates with world-music communities in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Detroit.
Graduating from Western Michigan University, Kruziki studied with renowned saxophone pedagogue Trent Kynaston and visiting guest artist Fred Hersch. He won the WMU Concerto Competition and took home several Downbeat Student Music Awards as an undergraduate (Best Jazz Soloist, Best Jazz Arrangement, Best Jazz Group and Best Classical Chamber Group). He also was the recipient of Greater Kalamazoo Arts Council's Emerging Artist Grant, featuring his original work with Kruziki Transatlantica Sextet.
Graduating from New England Conservatory with a Master of Music in Jazz Performance, Kruziki's most notable instructors were George Garzone, Frank Carlberg, Ran Blake and Anthony Coleman. He played multiple woodwinds in the Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Ken Schaphorst, premiered new works in the Jazz Composer's Workshop Orchestra, and had the privilege of working under the late Gunther Schuller and George Russell. His third stream quintet 'Living Systems' won the Honors Ensemble Competition and worked with NEC's Community Outreach Department within the Boston Public Schools system, serving underprivileged communities lacking in arts programs.
Kruziki's biggest musical influences are Olivier Messiaen, David Bowie, Miles Davis and Johann Sebastian Bach. He resides in San Francisco’s ‘Haight-Ashbury’ district and works for Steinway & Sons pianos.