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"Practically unboxable," "rhythmically diverse," and "eminently listenable" are comments that have all been applied to the music that pours from the stage into the souls of the audience when Kevin Kirk and Onomatopoeia perform.

Idaho Public Television captured them in January of 2009 at Boise's historic Egyptian Theatre for a one-hour concert filmed in full high definition (HD), using 12 cameras to capture all the action.

Onomatopoeia is made up of seven talented Idaho musicians. In addition to Kirk at the piano, it includes Tom Tompkins on viola, Mike Seifrit on electric bass, Jon Hyneman on drums, Pat Hyneman on percussion, Greg Perkins on saxes, and Phil Garonzik on flute and sax. Together they serve up their own high-energy jazz. Their all-original compositions keep feet tapping long after the program is over. Current members and alumni of the Treasure Valley Youth Symphony add a symphonic component to the concert.

The program includes humorous glimpses into the personalities within the group, with a few segments of behind-the-scenes material.

The hour-long show includes these songs:

  • Child's Play
  • Mikroskapick
  • Filing a Thelonious Report
  • Johanna
  • The Twiddle Riddle
  • Gather Us In
  • Martha's Smile
  • Book of Kells, Cliff Notes
  • No Excusanova
  • Not All His Dogs Are Barking

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Kevin Kirk & Onomatopoeia DVD

The DVD includes the hour-long show and more than 30 minutes of additional concert material, plus a little surprise!

The additional songs included on the DVD are:

All songs © Kevin Kirk 2009 publisher mark
All songs copyright Kevin Kirk and Onomatopeia. Any recording or rebroadcasting of the songs on this site is strictly prohibited.

An audio CD of the concert is also available. For more information about Onomatopoeia and their CDs, visit

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Sponsored by Bank of the Cascades, Dayle Fowler, United Heritage and Idaho Public Television Endowment