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Brian Krock

 Multi-Instrumentalist & Composer

December 23, 2019

A couple days ago, Molly and I boarded an excruciatingly early Bolt Bus towards Philadelphia for a much-needed holiday break.  As I was nodding off, absent-mindedly staring out the window as New York City rolled by, I couldn’t help reviewing my 2019.  It was an excellent year capping off a tumultuous, fun, unpredictable decade.  

First of all, I’...

June 7, 2019

The three-week, sixteen-show LIDDLE marathon tour was a huge success.  Although I’ve spent a large portion of my adult life on the road in various capacities, this was my first experience organizing a tour from start to finish.  Being in charge- as well as having to write and play the music- is a very different experience from being “along for the ride” a...

March 16, 2019

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of musical adventures.  Yesterday, we tracked my string arrangements for singer/songwriter Clinton Curtis' next album in the beautiful St. George's Episcopal Chapel in Manhattan- I can't wait for people to hear this music... the songs are super deep, and Clinton gave me free rein to be creative with my writing.  I...

January 27, 2019

Hi all,

I'm excited to let you know that my next record, LIDDLE, is coming out on April 26 on Outside in Music.  The release of Big Heart Machine was so successful and satisfying, so I decided to work with the exact same team to make this new project a reality.  Download the first track with your preorder, and keep your eyes peeled for May tour dates, two...

December 15, 2018


Hi Big Heart Machine fans!  It's been gratifying to receive messages from big band leaders around the globe asking if their band can play compositions from our self-titled album.  So... I decided to create a store at bigheartmachine.com where anyone who wants to can buy a study score or a .zip file filled wi...

September 12, 2018

The BHM album has been out for a few weeks now, and I have been astounded by both the critical acclaim and personal feedback!  Here are some choice quotes from the press:

"The suspenseful, layered music can sound like migration in motion or a wisp of twisting smoke" - The New York Times

“Saxophonist Brian Krock writes arrangements for his kaleidoscopic Big...

August 3, 2018

The centerpiece of the soon-to-be-released Big Heart Machine record is a suite in five movements called Tamalpais.

July 8, 2018

I'm beyond excited to announce some upcoming tour dates with two important projects in my life.  First, I'll be going to Europe again with Bette Smith in support of her Jetlagger album. 

Switzerland, France, and Spain... not bad!  I'm particularly pumped to play the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival.  I vividly remember watching DVDs of Chick Corea, Mi...

June 22, 2018

The above video is a transcription of Frederick Thordendal’s two incredible solos on “Marrow,” from Meshuggah’s seventh studio album, Koloss (2012).  As I was learning this behemoth masterpiece, I realized that these two contrasting solos are filled with a wealth of incredibly deep harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic information.  So, I undertook the followin...

November 30, 2017

In late 2011 (right after I moved to NYC), I got the opportunity to attend Elliott Carter's 103rd birthday concert celebration.  My composer-friend Scott Ninmer told me about the event; his old teacher from the University of Illinois, Jim Pugh, was playing on the concert in-between shows with his main gig, Steely Dan.  What followed blew my mind but was h...

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