Jerome Kitzke lives in New York City but grew up along the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, where he was born in 1955. Since his first work in 1970, he has thought himself to be as much a storyteller as he is a composer. Some of the stories are about life's personal roads, like The Redness of Blood and Sunflower Sutra which both express the composer's love for his blood family.
Many, however, like Haunted America and The Paha Sapa Give-Back are about the roads that go looking for what it means to be an American early in the 21st Century, especially as it relates to the connection between how we live on this land and the way we came to live on it.
Kitzke's music celebrates American Vitality in its purest forms. It thrives on the spirit of driving jazz, plains Indian song, and Beat Generation poetry, where freedom and ritual converge. It is direct, dramatic, political and visceral — always with an ear to the sacred ground. Kitzke composes for and performs with his group The Mad Coyote. His music has been performed in North and South American, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Jerome Kitzke first CD, The Character of American Sunlight, is available from Koch International Classics (3-7456-2 H1), and his piece Haunted America is available on a compilation disc released by Present Music on the Innova Label (Innova 590). Kitzke’s music is published by Peer Music in New York City.