Dirk K - EPK
With his crisp, snappy and often hypnotic electric lines, veteran guitarist Dirk K lets us know from the opening minute of the coolly percussive title track of his latest full length collection that IT’S ON. This mid-tempo delight, which features an exciting tonal and rhythmic shift midway through as the grooves ease into Trip-Hop, is at the core of an engaging set, full of fresh fun like you’ll hear on “Snap Jam” and “Toxic,” plus, silky original ballads and covers galore including “Holding Back The Years,” “That’s The Way of the World” and “Lovesong,” as well as the first ever Smooth Jazz re-imagining of “Funkytown.” Ah yeah… IT’S ON is an album you won’t want to turn off! ~ JONATHAN WIDRAN
Label: DIP Records
Official Websites: dirkk.com
The DIRK K Dossier
HOME BASE: Las Vegas, NV
COLLEAGUES : Paul Taylor, Rick Braun, Eric Marienthal, C.C. Thomas Jr., Randy Brecker, Toots Thielemans, Brandon Fields, Peter Erskine, Dave Weckl, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tony Moore, Kevin Flournoy, Darryl Williams.
- Spaghettini (Seal Beach)
- Downey Theatre (Downey)
- Jazz On The Lake (Lake Mission Viejo)
- Gospel Jazz in the City (Gardina)
- Festival of The Arts (Laguna Beach)
- Rib Fest (Minneapolis)
- Gas Lamp Quarter Jazz Festival (San Diego)
- The Oasis Jazz Festival (Dallas)
- Liege Jazz Festival (Belgium)
- Wine and Balloon Festival (Temecula)
- The American Arts Festival (Sacramento)
- Bellagio Concert Series (Las Vegas)
- Multiple Europe tours
COLLABORATIONS : Performed with Joe McBride Band. Opened for Al Jarreau, Paul Taylor & Sonny Rollins. Season opener for Newport Beach Hyatt Jazz concert series. Collaborations with Michael Paulo, Rick Braun, Paul Taylor, Toots Thielemans, Brandon Fields, Gary Meek, Eric Marienthal, Jeanette Harris.
NOTEWORTHY: Dirk K released 29 CD’s. 17 CD's as a recording artist and 9 CD’s with his band projects. His release Dirk K - “About You” on ULG/ Countdown Records produced 2 singles that charted top 10 in NAC music radio. He toured multiple times in the US and Europe. Dirk K received his Green Card for extraordinary abilities in the field of music in order to perform and reside in the USA.
Career highlights are playing the National Anthem for the LA Lakers at the Staples Center, receiving a Shaq hero award by Shaquille O' Neal, and receiving an award in recognition of outstanding exemplary service and support from the Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown.