Virg Dzurinko

VIRG DZURINKO is a pianist who is equally at home with jazz standards and free improvisation. For years, she played steady gigs in clubs and restaurants in and around New York City.  Her own band included Alex Gressel (bass), Gary Levy (alto), Ed Ornowski (drums). She also played in groups headed by Charley Krachy (tenor) and with Jan Leder (flute).  After a long hiatus from the performing scene, Virg started doing sessions with an ever-expanding number of musicians and eventually began playing in public again.

In 2014, she gave a number of solo performances in New York City. She also played two duo concerts — the first with bassoonist Claire de Brunner and later that year with bassist Adam Lane. Virg and Connie Crothers performed together in Adam Lane’s Two-Piano-Madness quintet, along with Lane, multiple-horn player Daniel Carter, and drummer Vijay Anderson.

In 2015, Virg and trumpeter Ryan Messina began performing together and collaborating on a number of projects. Undertow, the first in a series of planned duo recordings, was released in 2016. Also in 2015, Virg played a duo concert with violinist Eva Lindal, and a trio concert with Ryan Messina and alto player Nick Lyons.

In 2016, she played a solo set as part of Interlace, a two-day concert event at the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The concert concluded with a two-piano performance by Virg and pianist/vocalist Kazzrie Jaxen. Their two-piano duo, Quantum Entanglement, has several performances scheduled for 2017.

Also in 2016, Virg performed with Extreme Tides, a quintet with Ryan Messina, Nick Lyons, Adam Lane and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, and in several duo concerts with Ryan Messina. She also performed in a quartet with tenor player Birgitta Flick, tenor player Daro Behroozi, and drummer Mareike Wiening.

At the end of 2016, Virg, Ryan Messina, NIck Lyons, Andrea Wolper (voice), Michael Wimberly (percussion), and Ken Filiano (bass) gave a Winter Solstice Concert performed entirely in the dark at Scholes Street Studio.

VIrg is member of the free jazz collective, Accessible by Canoe Only, along with Ryan Messina, Nick Lyons, Atsushi Ouchi (multiple horns), Takafumi Kosaka (percussion), and Will Jhun (tenor). The group began performing in 2016, and has a recording in a the works.

Among the musicians Virg has performed with are instrumentalists Vijay Anderson, Daro Behroozi, Adam Caine, Daniel Carter, Claire de Brunner, Andrew Drury, Ken Filiano, Birgitta Flick, Alex Gressel, Will Jhun, Jessica Jones, Takafumi Kosaka, Charley Krachy, Jan Leder, Eva Lindal, Adam Lane, Gary Levy, Nick Lyons, Jon McCutcheon, Ryan Messina, Atsushi Ouchi, Sean Smith, Joe Solomon, Joanna Sternberg, Satoshi Takeishi, Federico Ughi, John Wagner, Mareika Wiening, Michael Wimberly; and vocalists Maryanne DeProphetis, Dori Levine, Alexis Parsons, and Andrea Wolper. Virg has performed at various venues in the NYC area including The Stone, Birdland, Roulette, Greenwich House, Cornelia Street Cafe, the Howland Cultural Center, the Firehouse Space, iBeam, Scholes Street Studio.

Virg has composed music for documentary films, television, and cartoons.  With Greg Ford, she co-wrote the tune “Monsters Lead Such Interesting Lives,” sung by Mel Tormé in the Warner Bros. cartoon “Night of the Living Duck.”  This song is included on the Rhino Records 1999 release, Mel Tormé at the Movies.

Her solo CD, Fun City, was released in 1999.

Virg studied improvisation with Connie Crothers for a number of years. Her first public performance was a solo concert produced by the Lennie Tristano Jazz Foundation.

Virg was one of the producers (with Kazzrie Jaxen, Carol Liebowitz, and Andrea Wolper) of "Love & Music: A Celebration of Connie Crothers." This memorial tribute to Connie, featuring more than 70 musicians, artists, dancers, and poets, took place on November 13, 2016 at Roulette in Brooklyn. Virg performed at that event with Ryan Messina (trumpet), Jessica Jones (tenor), Adam Lane (bass), and Federico Ughi (drums).

Virg lives and teaches in Manhattan.


Undertow NA1063
Fun City NA 1033