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Bruce Kurnow: Bio

Bruce Kurnow, a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, is enjoying a long career in the music business. At age three he began piano lessons and was immediately hooked. As a teenager he discovered a special connection with the harmonica and has remained dedicated to exploring the possibilities of the instrument. He went on to become a music major at the University of Minnesota, primarily a classical school. He studied piano, stringed harp, guzheng (Chinese harp), voice, theory and composition, which have proven to be a solid foundation for his subsequent work, including twenty-seven recordings of original compositions and eleven others of non-original music (see discography). Combined sales of these recordings are over 1,000,000 copies. His recording, Harmonicaland, was nominated for Best Solo Instrumental Album of 2004 by Just Plain Folks.

Bruce has been recognized with four Minnesota Music Awards for his harmonica, stringed harp and keyboard work. Since 1971 he has been an active studio musician, playing on hundreds of commercials, albums and film scores.

As a performer, Bruce played piano with harmonica master Mojo Buford, who named him “Creeper.” In 1971 he went to Los Angeles on vacation and was surprised by the sudden opportunity to tour the United States and Canada with popular country-rock group Mason Proffit, playing 300 cities per year and recording with the group from 1971-1974 (the group reunited in 2003). During that time he was also fortunate to have been invited to perform with Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, two of his all-time favorite musicians. When Mason Proffit disbanded Bruce decided to move back to Minneapolis. He co-founded Passage with guitarist Bobby Schnitzer, his long-time friend and band-mate since junior high school. The group disbanded in 1979 and was followed up by the Doug Maynard Band, based around the original vocalist of Passage. This group leaned heavily toward traditional blues and R&B and released a vinyl LP titled The Lullaby. In a recent Minneapolis Star and Tribune poll, both groups were honored as two of the seven greatest live Minnesota rock acts of the ‘70s. Passage was recently inducted into the Minnesota Rock & Country Hall of Fame. Bruce left the Doug Maynard Band in 1980 to pursue a solo career, performing as a singer/songwriter and also showcasing his unique simultaneous combination of stringed harp and harmonica.

Bruce Kurnow Discography

Year Title (Record Label) Format

1981 Mystery (The Musical Experience) LP
1988 First Light (Journey Records-8801) Cassette
1988 Quiet Movements (Journey Records-8802) Cassette
1988 Dream Sounds (Journey Records-8803) Cassette
1988 Eagle’s Call (Journey Records-8804) Cassette
1991 Trail of the Wolf (Journey Records-9106) Cassette
1993 Nature’s Noel (NorthSound-23142) CD/Cass
1993 Earth Rhythms (NorthSound-28142) CD/Cass
1993 Mystic Waters (NorthSound-28342) CD/Cass
1993 Sky Passage (NorthSound-28242) CD/Cass
1994 Seasons on the Wind (NorthSound-24162) CD/Cass
1994 Forest Reflections (Switchback-01) CD/Cass
1994 Mountain Mysteries (Switchback-02) CD/Cass
1994 Lake Impressions (Switchback-03) CD/Cass
1996 The Nature of Love (Switchback-04) CD/Cass
1996 Mountain Moods (Banff Music-5025) CD/Cass
1996 Natural Vistas (Dawn Awakening-086) Cassette
1996 Christmas Harp (Holland/Ross-6667-2) CD/Cass
1997 Christmas Harp (2) (Compass Productions) CD/Cass
1998 Celtic Echoes (Anodyne Music-2001-2) CD
1998 Harp / Christmas Instr. (Lifescapes-LS10-6-70-2) CD/Cass
1999 Relaxing Harp (Lifescapes-LS12-5-79-3) CD/Cass
1999 Harmonicaland (Switchback-05) CD
2001 Pachelbel’s Christmas (Switchback-06) CD
2001 Christmas Harp (3) (Compass Productions) CD/Cass
2002 Peaceful Piano (Switchback-07) CD
2003 Here and Now (Switchback-08) CD
2004 Peaceful Harp (Lifescapes-LS39-227-2) CD
2005 Holidays in Harmonicaland (Switchback-09) CD
2005 DreamSounds (Switchback-10) 2 CDs
2006 Songs of Earth and Sky (Switchback-11) CD
2006 If I Could Fly (Switchback-13) CD
2006 Full Circle (Switchback-14) CD
2006 Earth Rhythms (Switchback-15) CD
2006 Mystic Waters (Switchback-16) CD
2006 Inner Journey (Switchback-17) CD
2006 Relaxing Christmas Harp (Lifescapes) CD
2007 Live in Palm Springs (Switchback-18) CD
2007 Healing Harp (Switchback-19) CD
2009 Live in Palm Springs, Vol. II (Switchback-20) CD
2009 Healing (New Folk Records) CD
2009 Peaceful Dreams (Switchback-21) CD

Bruce Kurnow Recording Credits

Album Title-- Artist (Year) Instrument

Aesop-- Zesinger, Ann (2002) Keyboards, Stringed Harp and Harmonica
Pearls of Wisdom-- Zaikine, Zak (2001) Keyboards, Harmonica, Composer
This is Fun Expensive Fun-- Wiggins, Tommy (1980) Harmonica
One Heart-- Warrick-Smith/Donohoo/Pena (1996) Stringed Harp
What a Life --Warren, Scott (1983) Stringed Harp and Harmonica
Mississippi-- Victor, Jeff (1996) Harmonica
Seasons of Giverny-- Victor, Jeff (1999) Chromatic Harmonica
Celtic River-- Victor, Jeff (1997) Stringed Harp
Duets: Flute/Harp-- Victor, Jeff (1998) Stringed Harp
Emerald Isle-- Victor, Jeff (1998) Harmonica
Hymns-- Victor, Jeff (1999) Stringed Harp, Harmonica, Gu Zheng
Secret Places-- Victor, Jeff (1996) Harmonica
A Love Worth Fighting For-- Various Artists (1998) Stringed Harp
50 Greatest Songs of Christmas-- Various (1997) Stringed Harp, Keyboards, Harmonica
For the Dead in Space, Vol. II&III, Tribute to Tom Rapp-- Various (2003) Stringed Harp
Seasons of Life-- Vagle, Fred & Anna Mae (1979) Piano, Rhodes, Harmonica and Stringed Harp
God is so Good-- Vagle, Anna Mae (1976) Keyboards, Stringed Harp and Harmonica
Whatever Happened to the Blues-- Upchurch, Phil (1992) Harmonica
First Contribution-- Torkelson, Jim (1976) Harmonica
Karen Therese & Jai Café-- Therese, Karen (1994) Keyboards
If He Could Only Reach Her-- Temple, Robert (2001) Keyboards
The Talbot Brothers-- Talbot Brothers (1974) Harmonica, Piano
Heaven Help Us All-- Steeles, The (1993) Harmonica
Here It Is-- Steele, Jevetta (1993) Harmonica
Jesus is Mine-- Spokesmen Quartet (1993) Harmonica
Coast to Coast-- Shaeffer, Paul (1990) Harmonica
Heartfelt Favorites-- Schultz, Cynthia (2000) Keyboards
Sea of Dreams-- Schnitzer, Bobby (2001) Stringed Harp
Stingin'-- Schnitzer, Bobby (1984) Keyboards, Stringed Harp, Harmonica and Linn Drum
Passion Flower-- Schnitzer, Bobby (2000) Stringed Harp and Keyboards
Do You Remember?-- Schnitzer, Bobby (1989) Stringed Harp, Harmonica and Keyboards
Lay Me Open-- Ryman, Barb (1995) Harmonica
Like a Tree --Ryman, Barb (1997) Harmonica
Showstoppers-- Robinson, Robert w/Lorie Line (2001) Harmonica
Praise From the Heart Robinson, Robert & Henry Wiens-- (1998) Stringed Harp
From the Heart-- Robinson, Robert & Henry Wiens (1996) Stringed Harp and Harmonica
Christmas from the Heart-- Robinson, Robert & Henry Wiens (1997) Stringed Harp
Through the Window-- Reed, Ann (2000) Harmonica
Hole in the Day-- Reed, Ann (1993) Harmonica, Piano, Stringed Harp
Life Gets Real-- Reed, Ann (1994) Harmonica, Piano, Stringed Harp
Road of the Heart-- Reed, Ann (1991) Harmonica
Valentine Collection-- Reed, Ann (2004) Harmonica and Piano
Café Ole-- Prin, Tom (1998) Harmonica
With all My Heart-- Prin, Tom (1999) Harmonica
Spirit & Soul-- Prin, Tom (1997) Harmonica
The Shape of Things to Come-- Potts, L. K. (2003) Harmonica
Infant Holy-- Petrunak, Steve (1999) Harmonica
Breath of God-- Petrunak, Steve (1999) Harmonica
Heartwood-- Pearson, Jack (1997) Harmonica
To All Purple Tree Trunks-- Pearson, Jack (1991) Harmonica
Buckeye-- Patton, David (1972) Piano, Harmonica
Brenda Patterson-- Patterson, Brenda (1973) Harmonica
Love Worth Defending-- Patriot (1984) Harmonica
Bluegrass-- Ostroushko, Peter (1999) Harmonica
Sacred Heart-- Ostroushko, Peter (2000) Harmonica
Heart of the Heartland-- Ostroushko, Peter (1995) Harmonica
Pilgrims on the Heart Road-- Ostroushko, Peter (1997) Harmonica
Yankee Cowboy-- Nystrom, Tom (2002) Harmonica
Moment of Truth-- Nunn, Terri (1991) Harmonica
Paris Newton, Dan-- (1999) Harmonica
Kid's Singalong-- Newton, Dan (1998) Harmonica
Old Love-- Neal & Leandra (1992) Harmonica, Stringed Harp
Moms That Cook-- Music Workshop for Kids (1999) Harmonica
Sleeping with the Fishes-- Music Workshop for Kids (1996) Stringed Harp
Toddlers Sing Rock & Roll-- Music for Little People (2002) Keyboards
Somethin' Fishy-- Menten, Dale (2000) Harmonica
The Lullaby Maynard, Doug-- (1980) Keyboards, Harmonica and Stringed Harp
Lost in the Blues-- Maynard, Doug (1990) Harmonica and Keyboards
Million Year Mind-- Mayer, Peter (1999) Harmonica
Bare Back Rider-- Mason Proffit (1973) Keyboards and Harmonica
Mason Proffit is Back Mason Proffit 2003 Piano, Synth, Harmonica, Vocals
Rockfish Crossing-- Mason Proffit (1972) Keyboards and Harmonica
Sweet Thunder-- Long, Larry (1987) Harp
The Heritage Collection, Vol. III-- Line, Lorie (2002) Harmonica
Music from the Heart-- Line, Lorie (1997) Harmonica and Keyboards
Sharing the Season, Vol. IV-- Line, Lorie (2002) Harmonica
Lorie Line Favorites-- Line, Lorie (1999) Harp, Harmonica
Holiday Collection-- Line, Lorie (1998) Keyboards, Harmonica
Lorie Line Holiday Collection-- Line, Lorie (1998) Keyboards, Harmonica, Harp
Sharing the Season Vol. II-- Line, Lorie (1993) Harmonica and Stringed Harp
Young at Heart-- Line, Lorie (2004) Harmonica
Home for the Holidays-- Line, Lorie (1997) Harmonica
Walking with You-- Line, Lorie (1994) Harmonica
Heart & Soul-- Line, Lorie (1995) Harmonica, Keyboards
The Heritage Collection, Vol. I-- Line, Lorie (1994) Stringed Harp and Harmonica
Open House-- Line, Lorie (1997) Stringed Harp and Harmonica Yes
The Heritage Collection, Vol. II-- Line, Lorie (1998) Harmonica
Lorie Line Live-- Line, Lorie (1996) Harmonica and Keyboards
Sharing the Season Vol. III-- Line, Lorie (1995) Celtic Harp, Harmonica and Keyboards
Tiger in the Lillies-- Lemmens, Tim (1995) Harmonica
Good Morning Sun, Goodnight Moon-- K, James (2002) Harmonica, Keyboards
God of Life and of the Living-- Joncas, Michael (1988) Stringed Harp
Winter Name of God-- Joncas, Michael (1988) Stringed Harp
Little Dreamer-- Johnson, Prudence (1984) Harmonica, Stringed Harp
Music from Eclectia-- Johansson, Bruce (1986) Keyboards, Stringed Harp and Harmonica
Minnesota Blues-- Jesse, the Impersonator (David Ehrlich) (1999) Harmonica
Soul Searching-- Holmen, Kenni (2001) Harmonica
Sounds of the Season-- Holmen, Kenni (2003) Harmonica, Keyboards
Rockabye-- Holcomb, Robin (1992) Harmonica
Bob Hink-- Hink, Bob (2002) Harmonica
Audition-- Hersch, James (1980) Stringed Harp and Harmonica
Spirit of the Wood-- Helgeson, Glen (1995) Harmonica
Night of Silence-- Haugen, Marty (1988) Harp
Take Time-- Hass, Al (2003) Harmonica, Keyboards
Quiet Corner-- Harrington, Jeff (1975) Piano, Harmonica and Percussion
Company-- Harley, Kelly and Kroog (1997) Harmonica
Travelin'-- Hallquist, Billy (1975) Harmonica
Star Child-- Haas, David (2000) Harmonica
David Haas-- Haas, David (2003) Harmonica
Throughout All Time-- Haas, David (1999) Harmonica
Born to be Surprised-- Griffin, Phil (1996) Harp, Piano and Keyboards
Life is a Dream-- Glick, Dave (1989) Harmonica and Keyboards
Let Us Consider-- GambleFolk (1980) Stringed Harp and Harmonica
Tom Franzak-- Franzak, Tom (2003) Harmonica
Child's Way Home-- Fragodt, Kim & Brian (1998) Stringed Harp and Harmonica
Transcending Pain-- Falcone, Kim & Steven (1996) Stringed Harp, Keyboards, Composer
Simple Pleasures-- Edwards, Jennifer (1995) Celtic Harp, Piano
Pullin' No Punches-- Disciples of Christ (1995) Harmonica
Big John Dickerson and Blue Chamber-- Dickerson, Big John and Blue Chamber (1997) Harmonica
Wishful Thinking-- Deacon, Michael (1982) Harmonica
Jaguar at Half Moon Lake-- Dancing Hands (Dean Magraw and Alan Dworsky) (1997) Harmonica, Gu Zheng
Time Glider --Dainty, Jack (1988) Keyboards, Harmonica and Stringed Harp
A Summer Rose-- Cole, Ellie (1970) Keyboards and Harmonica
Of My Native Land-- Clothesline Revival (2002) Harmonica
Peacegiver Carlson, Mary Beth-- (1999) Stringed Harp and Harmonica
Monsters & Heroes-- Caplan, Zip (2001) Stringed Harp
In My Younger Days-- Buford, Mojo (1969) Piano
Alloy-- Boiled in Lead (1998) Harmonica
Moving Into Shabbat-- Bloomfield, Diane (1999) Piano
Tikkun Olam-- Bloom, Mark (1994) Sequencing
Vagabond-- Blackwell, Paul (2002) Stringed Harp, Harmonica, Keyboards
Treasures-- Berry, Robin (1997) Harmonica
Joy of the Season-- Berry, Robin (1998) Keyboards
Glory-- Berry, Robin (2002) Harmonica
Serenity-- Berry, Robin (1999) Keyboards
Winter's Gift-- Berry, Robin (1995) Keyboards
Livin' on Mars-- Behringer, Jimi (2000) Harmonica
Everyone Who is Thisty, Come!-- Beech, Jay (2002) Harmonica
Batdorf & Rodney-- Batdorf & Rodney (1972) Harmonica
Holiday-- Bash (1992) Harmonica
We Can Move-- Baker, Phil (1997) Harmonica
R&B Christmas-- Bailey, Jeffrey (1999) Harmonica
Paris-- Asche & Spencer (1998) Harmonica
Caribbean-- Asche & Spencer (1997) Harmonica
Ride the Ride-- Arundel, Jeff (1997) Harmonica
Compass-- Arundel, Jeff (1993) Harmonica
The Lake-- Arkou (1997) Harmonica
He's Been Faithful-- Anderson, Paul (1999) Stringed Harp and Harmonica