Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community


Kyle Bruckmann

Oboe, English horn, analog electronics
With a history of conservatory training gone awry, oboist and electronic musician Kyle Bruckmann combines the rigorous discipline of a classical foundation with raucous sensibilities more indebted to punk's aftermath in a dizzying variety of artistic endeavors. He has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe as a composer, an interpreter, and an improviser and has appeared on more than 30 albums of various genres.

Long-term affiliations include EKG, an electroacoustic duo with Ernst Karel, and the experimental "rock" monstrosity Lozenge. Bruckmann's quintet Wrack performs original compositions drawing equally from the traditions of contemporary jazz and classical modernism, cultivating an "ability to combine turned-up flame with clear-headed attention to texture and space" (Jason Bivins, Dusted Magazine). As a member of the Bay Area new music collective sfSound and of Gene Coleman's Chicago-based Ensemble Noamnesia, he has performed works by composers including Berio, Braxton, Cage, Cardew, Crumb, Goldstein, Ives, Penderecki, Sciarrino, Stockhausen, Webern, Xenakis, and Yoshihide.

Upon moving to San Francisco in 2003, he joined forces with sfSound and with Quinteto Latino, a wind quintet selected for the San Francisco Symphony's 2005-2006 Adventures in Music educational program. He has since performed with the regional symphony orchestras of Berkeley, Santa Rosa, Marin, Napa Valley, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Jose and accompanied productions by Golden Gate Opera, Pocket Opera, and Oakland Opera Theater. He has meanwhile become firmly enmeshed in the vibrant local improvised music community, with frequent co-conspirators including Liz Albee, David Bithell, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Matt Ingalls, John Ingle, Christopher Jones, Aurora Josephson, Jacob Lindsay, David Michalak, Tom Nunn, Tim Perkis, Dan Plonsey, John Shiurba, Karen Stackpole, Jon Raskin, Gino Robair, Scott Rosenberg, and Toyoji Tomita. Current Bay Area working groups include Shudder (with Lance Grabmiller and Phillip Greenlief) and Pink Mountain (an outrock band with an album available on Frenetic Records).
Upcoming Events:

Friday, November 3 2017 7:00 PM
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
Full: Splinter Reeds  More...
Saturday, November 4 2017 7:00 PM
Wind River [421 Wild Way Santa Cruz, CA 95065]
Splinter Reeds performs new work by Cara Haxo, Theresa Wong, and Sky Macklay, in addition to music by Matthew Shlomowitz, Eric Wubbels, and Jannik Giger. Splinter Reeds is the Bay Area’s first reed quintet comprising five virtuosic musicians with a shared passion for new music. The ensemble is committed to presenting top tier performances of today’s best contemporary composition, showcasing the vast possibilities of the reed quintet, and commissioning new works through collaboration with fellow musicians and artists.  More...
Monday, November 6 2017 8:00 PM
Center for New Music [55 Taylor Street San Francisco]
Phillip Greenlief Presents 6 on the 6th performing the premiere of THE STATES UNITED - Donald Trump was elected 45th President of the United States on November 6th 2016. On November 6th, Phillip Greenlief and musicians will perform THE STATES UNITED, a map score composed for any ensemble or group of performers from diverse disciplines. Featuring: Kyle Bruckmann - oboe, English horn; Evelyn Davis - prepared piano; Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet; Claudia La Rocco - voice, text; Lisa Mezzacappa - bass; Tim Perkis - live electronics  More...
CDs on which Kyle Bruckmann appears:
Kyle Bruckmann's Wrack ...awaits silent Tristero's empire
Artist: Kyle Bruckmann's Wrack
Title: ...awaits silent Tristero's empire
Label: Singlespeed Music SSM-014
Label page on this site: Singlespeed Music
Singlespeed Music SSM-014
Bruckmann/Diaz-Infante/Shiurba/Stackpole grand mal
Artist: Bruckmann/Diaz-Infante/Shiurba/Stackpole
Title: grand mal
Label: Pax Recordings bar 1234/pax
Label page on this site: Pax Recordings
Pax Recordings bar 1234/pax
T.D. Skatchit & Company Skatch Migration
Artist: T.D. Skatchit & Company
Title: Skatch Migration
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4103
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4103