Oboist Kyle Bruckmann recently relocated to San Francisco from Chicago, where he had lived since 1996. He became a fixture in that city’s thriving experimental music scene, teaching and free-lancing extensively as a classical musician while collaborating regularly with many of the most creative improvisers and sound artists residing in and visiting the city, including Jim Baker, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jeb Bishop, Michael Zerang, Guillermo Gregorio, Jack Wright, Scott Rosenberg, Bob Marsh, and Olivia Block. National and European tours have brought him into contact with the likes of Polwechsel, Bhob Rainey, Greg Kelley, Giuseppe Ielasi, Boris Hauf, Larry Marotta, Matt Ingalls, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Karen Stackpole, Dan Plonsey, and John Shiurba. Ongoing affiliations include EKG, an electroacoustic duo with Ernst Karel, and the experimental punk montrosity Lozenge. As a member of Gene Coleman's Ensemble Noamnesia, he has performed works by George Crumb, John Cage, Charles Ives, Salvatore Sciarrino, Cornelius Cardew, and Malcolm Goldstein, among others.
His debut CD of solo improvisations, entymology, available through Barely Auditable Records, has been hailed as "an enchanting experience that expands the possibilities (and the comprehension) of the double reed family" (François Couture, All-Music Guide). His quintet Wrack, which performs compositions drawing equally from the traditions of contemporary jazz and the classical avant-garde, recently released an album on Montreal’s Red Toucan label with the help of a grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. He has also recorded for Hat Art, Musica Genera, Sedimental, ToYo, Sickroom, Farrago, and Locust Music.
Bruckmann earned undergraduate degrees in music and psychology at Rice University in Houston, studying oboe with Robert Atherholt, serving as music director of campus radio station KTRU, and achieving academic distinction as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He completed his Masters degree in 1996 at the University of Michigan, where he studied oboe performance with Harry Sargous and contemporary improvisation with Ed Sarath. He has attended the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival in Maine, the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York, and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.
Wrack: Intents & Purposes
Documents Bruckmann's first visit to the Chicago scene since leaving for the Bay Area in 2003.
"From Morton Feldman-esque minimalism to Charles Ives-like bluster, Wrack has few equals." - All About Jazz
gasps & fissures
Document Chicago #7. An improviser’s response to the paradoxes and absurdities of recording improvised music.
"Bruckmann has never been content to concentrate on just one genre... a worthy addition to your record collection, however you organise it." - Paris Transatlantic
Kyle Bruckmann website
Kyle Bruckmann: Purposeful Discontent
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