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Kyle Bruckmann

Primary Instrument: Oboe

Born: August 18, 1971    

Kyle Bruckmann

Oboist and composer/performer KYLE BRUCKMANN's creative work extends from a traditional Western classical foundation into genre-bending gray areas encompassing free jazz, electronic music and post-punk rock. He has worked with the San Francisco Symphony and most of the Bay Area’s regional orchestras while remaining active within an international community of improvisers and sound artists, appearing on more the 60 recordings - including nine full albums as soloist or bandleader.

His ensemble affiliations include the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Splinter Reeds, Quinteto Latino, Eco Ensemble, the Stockton Symphony, and acclaimed new music collective sfSound. From 1996-2003, he was a fixture in Chicago's thriving underground music scene, with frequent collaborators including Jason Ajemian, Jim Baker, Jeb Bishop, Olivia Block, Guillermo Gregorio, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Robbie Hunsinger, Bob Marsh, Weasel Walter, and Michael Zerang. Long-term projects include Wrack (winner of a 2012 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works award), the electro-acoustic duo EKG, and the avant-punk monstrosity Lozenge....
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“. . . an artist who is taking his instrument to truly new and wonderful places.” (All About Jazz)

“. . . Bruckmann is an excellent composer, striking the right balance between form and freedom, setting up abundant opportunities for his mates to express themselves.” (Jason Bivins, Signal to Noise)

“. . . Bruckmann has played oboe, English horn, and/or electronics in a wide variety of contexts . . . but it’s still possible to find a single sentence to describe his entire body of his work: he makes creative use of the tension between seemingly irreconcilable musical elements.” (Bill Meyer, Chicago Reader)

“. . . an encyclopedic recall of advanced noise-music articulates from the the fingers, lips, and pen of Bruckmann; he prefers concealing himself in squid-inkings of black humor and wry misdirection. Likewise his music tends to be studiously mordant and spread thick with irony and wit. ‘It’s not supposed to work like this!’ someone screams in one of his songs. But it does work more often than not, in spite of its own spite.” (Tom Djll, Signal to Noise)

  • ...Awaits Silent Tristero's Empire

    Singlespeed Music
    2014
  • On Procedural Grounds

    New World Records
    2012
  • Wane

    482 Music
    2006
  • Intents & Purposes

    482 Music
    2006
  • Wrack

    Red Toucan Records
    2004
  • Gasps & Fissures

    482 Music
    2004
  • Grand Mal

    Barely Auditable Records
    2003
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...Awaits Silent Tristero's Empire by Troy Collins

On Procedural Grounds by Troy Collins

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Kyle Bruckmann: Purposeful Discontent

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Intents & Purposes by Nic Jones

Intents & Purposes by Troy Collins

Wrack by Rex Butters

Wrack by Jerry D'Souza

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