Noah K is a composer, saxophonist and record producer from Topanga Canyon, CA. His music has been performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, JACK Quartet, SO Percussion, and others, in venues including Le Poisson Rouge, National Sawdust, Seiji Ozawa Hall, and The Stone. He leads the band Dollshot whose second album Lalande was released in 2019 and is currently developing an opera, Salvation, with screenwriter Hampton Fancher for which Fancher wrote the story and libretto. As a saxophonist, K has performed or recorded with Anthony Coleman, David Tronzo, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Rinde Eckert, Joe Morris, Mat Maneri and Joe Maneri, among others. The Noah Kaplan Quartet has recorded three albums for HatHut Records, Descendants (2011), Cluster Swerve (2017) and Out Of The Hole (2020).
K received the Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellowship at Princeton University (2018-19) where he was previously a Naumburg and Mark Nelson doctoral fellow. He graduated from the New England Conservatory (2006) with a B.M. with Honors in Jazz Performance. In 2015 he received an M.F.A. in Music Composition from Princeton University. He has received fellowships from Tanglewood and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
K is a co-director of Underwolf Records. He recently edited an English edition of Ivan Wyschnegradsky’s Manual of Quarter-Tone Harmony, which was published by Underwolf Editions in 2018. He lives in Brooklyn.
Articles by Noah K:
Ivan Wyschnegradsky's 1932 Manual of Quarter-Tone Harmony rewrites the past for the future. But the 24-note equal-tempered octave is not an end, but a beginning.