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Kyle Bruckmann, woodwind chamber music


Sol Joseph Recital Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Free and Open to the public. Limited seating available. RSVP is not required, but it is encouraged to secure your seat.

Observe some of the most talented Bay Area pre-professional music students as they learn from our renowned ensemble members in front of a live audience. Students perform contemporary pieces that were selected by them. The students perform the music while being mentored in the master techniques, skills, and style of contemporary music. This class is led by SFCMP oboist, Kyle Bruckmann. 


Julie Barwick
Suite for E.D.
Ayslin Rice, bass clarinet
Ivan Ferguson, bass clarinet

Eve Beglarian
Can I have it without begging?
Nicole Murray, flute

Oskar Blume
Melodious Duet No. 1 for Two Bassoons
Oleksander Kashlyuk, bassoon
Shelby Capozzoli, bassoon

Thea Musgrave
Impromptu No. 1
Connor Dugas, flute
Jasper Iguesa, oboe

Artist Profile

Oboist Kyle Bruckmann’s work as a composer and performer spans from the Western classical tradition into the frontiers of free jazz, electronic music and post-punk. With more than 60 recordings and a striking array of performance affiliations to his credit (Splinter Reeds, Quinteto Latino, the Stockton Symphony, sfSound, Eco Ensemble, Ensemble Parallèle, and others) he has been acclaimed as “a modern day renaissance musician,” and “a seasoned improviser with impressive extended technique and peculiar artistic flair.” Before relocating to the Bay Area in 2003, Kyle was a fixture in Chicago’s experimental music underground, collaborating regularly with electroacoustic duo EKG, the ”noise-rock monstrosity” Lozenge, and the Creative Music quintet Wrack (recipient of a 2012 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant). Bruckmann earned undergraduate degrees in music and psychology at Rice University, 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 M.M. at the University of Michigan, where he studied oboe performance with Harry Sargous and contemporary improvisation with Ed Sarath. He now teaches at UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis. Kyle joined SFCMP in 2012. kylebruckmann.com


The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (SFCMP), is a unionized ensemble of twenty-four highly skilled musicians. SFCMP nourishes the creation and dissemination of new works through world-class contemporary music performances, commissions, and community outreach. SFCMP features the work of iconic and emerging composers while shining a spotlight on California artists. SFCMP performs the music of composers from across cultures and stylistic traditions who are creating a vast and vital 21st-century musical language.

Now in its forty-eighth year, SFCMP is one of the most active ensembles in the United States dedicated to contemporary music and plays an important role in the regional and national cultural landscape. The most longstanding, continually-performing, new music ensemble outside the East Coast, SFCMP has greatly contributed to the art form and the contemporary music sector. SFCMP is a 2018 award winner of the Fromm Foundation Ensemble Prize, and a ten-time winner of the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. SFCMP has performed more than 1,200 works by over 600 composers; Over 300 of these performances have been premieres, and the organization has commissioned some 80 new works from composers such as John Adams, John Cage, Mel Powell, Du Yun, and Julia Wolfe. SFCMP has been presented by leading cultural festivals and concert series including San Francisco Performances, Los Angeles Monday Evening Concerts, Cal Performances, the Stern Grove Festival, the Festival of New American Music at CSU Sacramento, the Ojai Festival, and France’s prestigious MANCA Festival.

Contemporary Music Masterclass hosted by San Francisco Contemporary Music Players in collaboration with San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Woodwinds Department