Kyle Sanna has been active as a composer, producer, guitarist, and improviser in New York City since 2000. His compositions have been performed at the Bach House in Eisenach, Germany, the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman, Sydney’s ABC studios, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and points between. He has given guitar workshops at the Montana State Women’s Prison, at an orphanage in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and at numerous universities and festivals from Alaska to Cuba.
As a guitarist Kyle primarily performs improvised music and traditional Irish music. He has shared the stage or studio with many of today’s virtuosos, including multiple Grammy Award-winning artists Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile, as well as with some of the greatest living interpreters of the Irish tradition including Kevin Burke, Martin Hayes, and Seamus Egan, and with many members of New York’s improvised music scene.
Kyle Sanna is an instrumentalist and creative collaborator with Ground Patrol, Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna, Sarah Alden, Kinan Azmeh’s CityBand, The Seamus Egan Project, Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy, Peter Apfelbaum’s Sparkler, Laushaus, We the Gleaners, and Caitlin Warbelow’s Prankhorn.
Kyle Sanna composes for both live performance and recorded media. He has received commissions from Beta Collide, Brooklyn Rider, the Knights, flutist Alex Sopp, and singer Danielle Birrittella. Festival acceptances include the International Symposium on Electronic Art (Sydney), the Irish Sound, Science, and Technology Convocation (Dublin), The Oregon Bach Festival, and Art Basel Miami Beach. Kyle participated as both composer and performer in Carnegie Hall’s Porous Borders of Music Workshop with bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer. He is a Meet the Composer grant recipient and was a Finalist in the Turner Classic Movies’ Young Film Composers Competition. His first video work, “LULLABY”, made him a finalist in the Fresh Minds Festival at Texas A&M University.
Kyle Sanna, video and electric piano, Matt Kanelos, piano and organ, Rich Stein, percussion, Marika Hughes, cello, Text from Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass”, 2013
Kyle Sanna has arranged for many diverse artists and ensembles including banjo pioneer Béla Fleck with the Colorado and Oregon Symphonies, Germany’s SWR Orchestra, guitarist Kaki King, K-pop star Rain, cellist Jan Vogler and The Knights (for Sony Classical), Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne-Sofie Von Otter and Brooklyn Rider, Irish fiddler Martin Hayes (NPR’s Performance Today, Kilkenny Arts Festival), and cellist Yo-Yo Ma for a performance on The Colbert Report and for two Grammy Award-winning albums: 2010’s “Songs of Joy and Peace” and 2016’s “Sing Me Home” with the Silk Road Ensemble.
Yo Yo Ma, The Silk Road Ensemble, Black Sea Hotel: Sadila Jana (trad.)
Anne Sofie Von Otter & Brooklyn Rider: Pi (Kate Bush)
Yo Yo Ma & Cristina Pato: Panxoliña (traditional)
Jan Vogler & The Knights: Machine Gun (Jimi Hendrix)