Charlie Kirchen

PhD Student in Music Theory

Charlie Kirchen is a scholar, composer, improviser, and bassist based in NYC and Chicago. His scholarly work is centered on the history and theory of improvised/creative music, the processes by which certain musical idioms become valuable, the relationship between music's logical and sensuous aspects, and the Midwest. His creative work is focused on exploring a visceral free-improvised expression within the context of logically rigorous formal, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic frameworks. He maintain an active touring and recording schedule with groups such as the Charlie Kirchen Quartet, Sfyria Trio, the Few, and Rooms.