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Composer/performer Kyle Bruckmann's work extends from a Western classical foundation into genre-bending gray areas encompassing free jazz, electronic music and post-punk rock. Appearances on more than 50 recordings have led to his recognition as “an excellent composer, striking the right balance between form and freedom” (Signal to Noise), “a modern day renaissance musician" (Dusted) and "a seasoned improviser with impressive extended technique and peculiar artistic flair” (All Music Guide).
He has been active since his teens in the DIY noise rock underground while simultaneously establishing a thorough pedigree as an orchestral oboist. This unusual intersection leads him to creative work driven by an 'ethnomusicological' mindset, focusing on the social aspects of how music and musicians work in the world. His varied projects delve into the cracks between different roles, contexts, and aesthetics, seeking deep structures uniting disparate subcultures, genres, and practices.
Shortly after moving to the Bay Area in 2003, he became a member of the new music collective sfSound (a winner of the 2008 Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming) and Quinteto Latino (a woodwind quintet specializing in Latin American composers). He has worked with the San Francisco Symphony and most of the area’s regional orchestras, performed contemporary concert music with the Eco Ensemble and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and accompanied 20th century opera productions with Ensemble Parallèle. He has simultaneously become firmly enmeshed in the vibrant local improvised music community; current working groups include Shudder (with Lance Grabmiller and Phillip Greenlief), Addleds (with Tony Dryer, Jacob Felix Heule, and Kanoko Nishi), and Pink Mountain (an avant-rock band with Sam Coomes, Gino Robair, Scott Rosenberg, and John Shiurba).
From 1996 until his westward relocation, he had been a fixture in Chicago's experimental music underground, with frequent collaborators including Jim Baker, Jeb Bishop, Olivia Block, Guillermo Gregorio, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Robbie Hunsinger, Ernst Karel, and Michael Zerang. Long-term projects include the electro-acoustic duo EKG (“a fine example of the kind of genre hybridisation that typifies early 21st century music,” Wire), the Creative Music quintet Wrack (“dazzling proof that intricately arranged, angular modern jazz can be accessible and enjoyable," Wire) and the avant-punk monstrosity Lozenge (“one of the most criminally underrated outfits in alt.rock”, Signal to Noise).
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