A few thoughts

Living in the moment is essential as a musician. Take every aspect of life and experience it without past and without future. I find that I am able to release a lot of tension that way. Good way to experience performance. The time for reflection and remembering is not on stage. Also good to remember that the way we think on stage as musicians is very different than how we think during the recording process. This is also true when listening back to recordings vs listening to live performance. They are two separate things. Experiencing live performance is being in the present. Experiencing live interpretation and expression is one of the truly amazing experiences as a human being both as a performer and as an audience member.

As a performer, make it so the audience really can’t do without live performance. Play pieces that audiences can’t find recordings of. Find great obscure works, new pieces, etc. build a niche audience. Concerts on Monday or Tuesday afternoon, etc. Get your local musicians union to be proactive and positive, not slow and reactionary. House concerts are important! Play house concerts and inspire people to buy pianos for their living rooms! Bring live music back into people’s homes!

Also important to forget and forgive bad performance experiences in the past. Collaborate with people you disagree with without loathing.




Welcome to the website of Kurt Muroki, Professor of Music at the Jacobs School at Indiana University, and on faculty at Stony Brook University and the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University.


IU Jacobs School of Music appoints double bassist Kurt Muroki to faculty

“Kurt’s diverse musical background, passion for teaching, knowledge and experience in multiple performance and recording environments make him the ideal person to educate and prepare young, talented performers for careers in the modern era,” said Gwyn Richards, dean of the Jacobs School.

“The String Department is thrilled to be joined by Kurt Muroki,” said department chair Stephen Wyrczynski. “His virtuosity and musicianship are matched only by his incredible dedication to teaching.”

“Kurt Muroki is a great musician and a fantastic teacher, and I couldn’t be happier with our choice,” said Bruce Bransby, professor of double bass at the Jacobs School. “The students really respond to his positive attitude and energetic teaching style, and they are excited to know that he will soon join the faculty.”

Kurt Muroki's Website