Kyle Bruckmann (oboe) is a composer/performer whose 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 “a modern day renaissance musician,” “an excellent composer, striking the right balance between form and freedom,” and “a seasoned improviser with impressive extended technique and peculiar artistic flair.” Since moving to San Francisco in 2003, he has worked with the San Francisco Symphony and most of the area’s regional orchestras while simultaneously becoming firmly enmeshed in the vibrant local improvised music community. His affiliations include Quinteto Latino, the Stockton Symphony, and acclaimed new music collective sfSound; he also performs regularly with Eco Ensemble and Ensemble Parallèle. From 1996 until his westward relocation, he had been a fixture in Chicago’s experimental music underground; long-term collaborations include the electroacoustic duo EKG, the noise-rock monstrosity Lozenge, and the Creative Music quintet Wrack.
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, Ann Arbor, where he studied oboe performance with Harry Sargous and contemporary improvisation with Ed Sarath. Kyle joined the San Francisco Music Players in 2012.