Artists Beyond the Desk presents Kurt Winikka
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Building W15: MIT Chapel
48 MASSACHUSETTS AVE (REAR), Cambridge, MA 02139
Kurt Winikka singer songwriter
A returning veteran disappears into a Midwest landscape of night trains, truck stops, and prairie fires; a former baseball star fades into the tattered memories of his dreams; a holy roller faces judgment for a life of hypocrisy. These are the folks who inhabit the songs of Kurt Winikka. Growing up in the Southwest, raising a family in the Midwest, and finding his bearings as a singer/songwriter in New England, Kurt meticulously crafts engaging narratives informed by the breadth of his American experience and conveys them with precise guitar work and a dulcet voice. He shares it all on his album, Says The Rain, released in March of 2013. The collection of eleven original songs and one traditional song were co-produced with Lloyd Maines in Boston and in Austin.
Winikka’s current project is the development of a collection of space-themed works, incorporating elements of trip hop, jazz and psychedelia, a sonic divergence from his typical Americana approach. The new material spans subjects as diverse as interstellar space travel, the historic flight of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, and love songs imbued with imagery of the cosmos. Although the influence of writers such as Don McLean, Bill Morrissey, Richard Shindell and Guy Clark can be heard in his songwriting, in contrast to those voices, a wide variety of musical expression from post-modern classical music, to jazz and fusion, to electronic music, to psychedelic and experimental and avant-garde rock music, all play a part in influencing the current direction of Winikka’s work.
Kurt graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science. He works as a software engineer for Draper Laboratory on a variety of biomedical and space programs