Kurt Heinecke

 



    From its beginning 15 years ago, Kurt has been the creator of the sound that has defined the world-famous VeggieTales and 3-2-1 Penguins video series. His roles have encompassed song-writing, co-writing, scoring, arranging, performance, conducting, and production.  He has composed for over 35 videos, numerous cds, and 2 major motion pictures, selling over 55 million videos/dvds and over 5 million cds.  In his years with Big Idea, Kurt has never wanted to “dumb-down” his music by considering it only for children.  He has always challenged himself, with his education background, to create a rich palette of sounds for both kids and the discerning adult!  You’ll hear it in a myriad of styles, each true to its roots- from Dixieland, blues, and polkas to hard-core classical, 70’s throwbacks, and emotional scores.  From his tuba playing on the “VeggieTales Theme Song” to his co-writing of songs like “The Hairbrush Song” and “His Cheeseburger”, Kurt has left his mark on children’s entertainment.


Recognitions:


-6 Dove Awards for music production (gospel music’s highest honor)


-Multiple gold and platinum CDs, and dozens of platinum-selling videos


-2004 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, 1st prize, Animated Short Film, for “Bellybutton”


-VeggieTunes and VeggieTunes 2 simultaneously holding Billboard’s top 2 spots for kids’ audio (9/98)


-2002 Inspirational Life Awards- Children’s Album of the Year, Silly Songs With Larry


-Worship Leader 2002 Praise Awards- Best New Children’s Project, Jonah, A VeggieTales Movie


-VeggieTales and 3-2-1 Penguins top-rated shows for NBC’s qubo Saturday morning line-up


--Bono, Laura Bush, Dennis Miller, Matt Lauer, and “Judging Amy” all have

one thing in common--VeggieTales viewers and fans!--



    Kurt grew up in a musical family, watching his mother play organ and direct church choirs, singing next to his father in various vocal groups, being inspired by his two older brother's trumpet and woodwind playing, and performing church solos on his trumpet beginning in junior high school.  When Kurt writes, he draws from this life-long experience in all genres of music, from classical to jazz, folk to contemporary.  When working independently and recording at the computer, he utilizes his diverse background in both synthesis and acoustic instruments to bring a rich and varied palette to his sounds.  This includes his collection of brass, wind, and percussion instruments, along with the wind controller, literally breathing life into many of his sampled sounds.  Kurt is equally comfortable writing for and conducting all-size groups.  These range from string sections added to his own sequences, small wind ensembles, choirs, and orchestras including the 55-piece Seattle Orchestra and 80-piece City of Prague Orchestra, used in the motion pictures he has scored.


Other Musical Experience:


-Producer, arranger, performer- Oak Valley Studios, multiple instrumental CD projects


-Composer, Adam Raccoon Video Series


-Composer, Geezio Advertisement Campaign


-Professional studio and touring musician, director of church music, band director, choral director, music teacher, clinician, sound technician.


-BA in Band and Choral Conducting, Luther College, Decorah, IA, trumpet, brass, and vocal emphasis.  



Composition and Scoring, Song-writing, Arranging, Performance, Music Production

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