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Noah K

Brooklyn, NY   

Noah K is a composer and saxophonist from Topanga, CA who blends the dark energy of free jazz with Romantic lyricism in new realms of tonality. His music has been performed by the New Jersey Symphony, Orchestra 2001, JACK quartet, PRISM quartet, So Percussion, and the American Modern Ensemble, among others. He co-leads the indie pop band Dollshot and is currently collaborating with screenwriter Hampton Fancher (Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049) on Salvation, an opera trilogy. As an improviser, Noah has performed and/or recorded with Joe Morris, Anthony Coleman, David Tronzo, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Rinde Eckert, Mat Maneri and Joe Maneri, among others. The Noah Kaplan Quartet has recorded two albums for HatHut Records, Descendants (2011) and Cluster Swerve (2017).

Noah is currently a Naumburg and Mark Nelson doctoral fellow at Princeton University. He graduated from the New England Conservatory in 2006 with a B.M. with Honors in Jazz Performance, and received an M.F.A. in Music Composition from Princeton in 2015. He was recipient of a Tanglewood Composition Fellowship in 2016. In 2017, his work Forest Through Forest was premiered by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra through the Edward T. Cone Institute.

In addition to composing and improvising, Noah co-directs 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.


Performed by my band Dollshot, lyrics by Geoffrey Chaucer. To be released in 2018.

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Forest Through Forest

“Forest Through Forest” for orchestra (premiered by New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, July 2017).

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They Eat Trees

“They Eat Trees”

For string quarter. Premiered by the JACK Quartet, 2016.

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NewMusicBox Articles

Articles May 9 2018 | By Noah K and Rosie K
Notes from Underground: Ivan Wyschnegradsky’s Manual of Quarter-Tone Harmony

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.