Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Peter Kruse Bio

  • 1996 - Met the late-great Christian artist Rich Mullins and became inspired to begin learning the hammered dulcimer.
  • 1999 - Earned "Louis Armstrong Award for Musical Excellence" in High school Jazz Band.
  • 2001 - Wrote and recorded songs for Rufus Tree's first album (self titled). This album featured Alathea, Michael Aukofer and Sixpence None the Richer / DC Talk's engineer Russ Long.
  • 2002 - Rufus Tree featured in Chicago's Daily Herald (Link).
  • 2003 - Opened for popular Christian artists Sonic Flood, the Normals, Satellite Soul and Derek Webb from Caedmons Call.
  • 2004 - Invited by the US Navy to perform for troops in Japan with band Rufus Tree.
  • 2005 - Performed Christmas concert for US Navy in Japan for 2nd time. Wrote and recorded songs for Rufus Tree's 2nd album, "Dying to Live". This album featured Grammy-nominated guitarist Phil Keaggy and Dove Award winner Mitch McVicker.
  • 2006 - Released first solo album, "Not that Far". With band Rufus Tree, opened for Grammy-nominated bands Blind Melon and Lifehouse.
  • 2007 - Earned Bachelor's Degree in music from Judson University.
  • 2009 - Released 2nd solo album, "A time and a Place".
  • 2010 - Performed on one song of the album "Mister Bolin's Late Night Revival." This album received recognition from many publications  including Yahoo Music (Link).
  • 2011 - Headlined at the legendary Metro venue in Chicago with A Gain of Ten. Performed acoustic and bass guitar on a Gain of Ten's album, "To You."
  • 2013 - Performed Christmas concerts with Leonard Ahlstrom from Grammy nominated band New Song.
  • 2014 - Released 3rd solo album, "Sundown". This album featured a hammered dulcimer co-write "Shoreline" with award-winning songwriter Michael Aukofer. Produced and engineered songs for upcoming artists Zach Olson and Carly Fraser. 
  • 2015 - Co-wrote 2 songs with top Ghana Gospel artist Bro Philemon. In China, opened for the best selling artist in Chinese history, 费翔 as well as 费玉清 (link). Released three music videos. Featured in Shenzhen's biggest English newspaper, Shenzhen Daily (Link).
  • 2016  - Finished 4th studio album "Breath of Life." Engineered and co-wrote songs for bands "Spraycan Picaso" and "Penitent Thieves."
  • 2017  - Finished 5th studio album "Ocean View." Made music video for Ocean View, filmed in China.

Hammered dulcimer, ukulele, banjo, accordion, mandolin and harmonica are some of the instruments you will hear when listening to the music of Peter Kruse. Bands such as "the Civil Wars", "Jars of Clay", "Iron and Wine" and "Nickel Creek" might come to mind when listening to Peter's folk/bluegrass sound.

Having earned a music degree from Judson University in Chicago in 2007, Peter has a rich understanding of music theory. Peter is very passionate about teaching guitar and other forms of music to people of all ages.

Many guest musicians have lent their talent to Peter's songs, including Ghana award winning artist Bro Philemon ("Monterey"), award winning composer Michael Aukofer ("Shoreline - Hammered Dulcimer Meditation"), popular Chicago singer Atoi Glennette ("Sundown") and Amrita frontman Aaron Graunke ("This I Know - With Cello").

Peter Kruse has been blessed with a rich musical experience in Chicago based bands "Rufus Tree" and "A Gain of Ten". During Peter's time in Rufus Tree, he had the honor of performing oversees for U.S. troops, opening for many artists including Grammy-nominated Blind Melon and having Grammy nominated guitarist Phil Keaggy perform on two songs from the band's 2nd album. Dove Award winner Mitch McVicker also lent his talent on two tracks from that abum. In 2009 "Rufus Tree" went on hiatus, and two of us from the band joined "A Gain of Ten".

In January of 2011, A Gain of Ten had the privilege of headlining a show at the legendary Metro venue in Chicago. Around that time, they were asked to record a song for a CD honoring the late Deep-Purple guitarist, Tommy Bolin. This CD was later reviewed positively by many publications including Yahoo Music, CCM Magazine and Classic Rock Review. "A Gain of Ten" is the fifth band to sign with United Republic Records, home of Grammy-nominated CCM artist Jeff Anderson.

In 2011, Peter also had the privilege of co-founding a Chicago based cover band called "Friday Jackson". Friday Jackson has been around for only a couple of years, but they have already had the privilege of performing at many bars in the Chicago area. In 2013, Peter decided to move to China, where he currently teaches guitar and performs professionally.

In China, Peter Kruse encountered additional songwriting opportunities. In 2014, Peter Kruse co-wrote and recorded a song for award-winning Ghana gospel artist Bro Philemon. Peter Kruse also has helped write and record songs for businesses in China.

Thanks for checking out the music of Peter Kruse!

How I Got Into Music

Growing up, my family would have "devotions", which was a time set aside to read the Bible and sing some hymns. My dad would always play guitar, and sometimes, I would try to strum along, though I didn't know any chords.

When I was thirteen, my oldest brother David came home one night with an ugly hot pink electric guitar that somebody was trying to get rid of. Fortunately for me, the guitar was so ugly that he also eventually wanted to get rid of it. A good friend of mine happened to have some drum sticks and some tin cans, and we immediately started writing "music" together.

Around that same time, my brother Caleb encouraged me to audition for bass guitar in high school jazz band. I was excited to make the band, and this began a long tradition of Caleb and I performing music together. After four years of being in jazz band, I earned a Louis Armstrong Jazz Award for “musical excellence”.

This helped encourage me to continue to pursue music, so after high school I studied music at Judson University in my home town of Elgin, receiving a bachelor’s degree with a focus on Music Performance in 2007. During this time I completed my internship under award-winning composer and respected producer Michael Aukofer. I have had the privilege of co-writing some songs with Michael, most notably "Shoreline (cello version)"

Thanks for reading!


Peter Kruse

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Peter - I have never had the pleasure of hearing you play jazz bass... one of these days let's make that happen. MA