Kyle Bruckmann tramples genre boundaries in widely ranging work as a composer/performer, educator, and New Music specialist. His creative output – extending from conservatory-trained foundations into gray areas encompassing free jazz, post-punk rock, and the noise underground – can be heard on more than 100 recordings from labels such as New World, Hat Art, Carrier, New Focus, and Clean Feed. Current ensemble affiliations include Splinter Reeds, SFCMP, Eco Ensemble, Quinteto Latino, and the Stockton Symphony. He is Assistant Professor of Practice in Oboe and Contemporary Music at University of the Pacific, and also teaches at UC Santa Cruz, Davis and Berkeley.
The many roles he inhabits have enabled him to experience the world of arts administration from multiple vantage points: as both granter and grantee, free-lancer and bandleader, players’ committee chair and board member. His approach to the business of art is grounded in his commitment to communities of artists – a passion first cultivated during his immersion in college radio as an undergraduate. Examples of his service to fellow musicians include two years as a volunteer curator at San Francisco’s Center for New Music, stints as a review panelist for the McKnight Foundation and Chamber Music America, and six years on the staff of service organization and fiscal sponsor InterMusic SF.
Bruckmann earned undergraduate degrees in music and psychology at Rice University, achieving academic distinction as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He completed his dual M.M. in oboe performance and contemporary improvisation in 1996 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.