Kurt Leege

Raised a classical pianist, Kurt Leege learned to read music at the same time he learned to read. By the time he was in high school he developed a desire to write music, but found himself trapped in his classical training. As a means to express the music in his head, he taught himself to play guitar and he's been doing that ever since.

At Swarthmore College, he studied jazz with John Alston and later played in his jazz ensemble, among other more pop music projects. During this time he also developed an affinity for skronk guitar from listening to the likes of Sonic Youth, MBV and Robert Quine. The resulting blend of jazz and experimental noise idioms would come to dominate his playing style for over a decade after.

Upon moving to New York in 1994, Kurt joined an indie-rock outfit called Curdlefur, which released an ep and the first single by Deep Elm Records. With the dissolution of that band, Kurt, lead singer Christopher Jacobson and drummer John Devore founded Noxes Pond in 1996. This noise/funk trio was a mainstay of the LES rock scene for 2 years, with a standing date at Arlene Grocery. They released three albums before Jacobson departed for the west coast and Devore founded Devore Fidelity. Kurt then joined the infamous downtown ambient jazz outfit M'lumbo for two albums and the score of a feature length film.

​Itching to get back to rock, in November of 1999 Kurt joined the goth rock outfit Ninth House. With his burgeoning interest in engineering, he produced and engineered 'Swim in the Silence' for the band before departing over creative differences. During this period Kurt also started doing a significant amount of scoring work for off-Broadway theater and television, with credits including the hit show 'Angel' and a one man show by Steven Berkoff.

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”Just because the songs themselves might make you think of nursery rhymes, though, I encourage you to keep an open mind: there are moments throughout the album that, for whatever reason, remind me of Hebrew prayers (surely a coincidental octave here or there.) While I'm not much for the religion itself, both the prayers and these moments in the music produce both a sense of fundamental calm and awe for creation. I absolutely plan to use the album as the background to my daily meditation practice. If you, too, are in need of something to calm you (and you know you need one), Sleepytime Guitar will ease your weary heart — and your collicky infant.”

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“Times may be tough, but music like this makes us think about what is most important

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John Coltrane
saxophone
Miles Davis
trumpet
Bill Frisell
guitar, electric
Joni Mitchell
voice / vocals
David Torn
guitar, electric
Jerry Garcia
guitar, electric
Peter Gabriel
voice / vocals

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Sleepytime Jazz

demon kitty music
2020

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