Brooklyn-based guitarist, composer, and producer Kyle Sanna works in a variety of musical idioms and, most often, in the spaces between them. A gifted collaborator, he draws on his trusted sensibilities and a wealth of musical knowledge to work with singer-led bands, classically trained instrumentalists, jazz musicians and improvisers, as well as with choreographers, filmmakers, and theater directors.
Kyle Sanna has collaborated and performed with many of today’s virtuosos, such as Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, and Theodosii Spassov, some of the greatest living interpreters of Irish music including Kevin Burke and Martin Hayes, and with many members of New York’s experimental music scene. He has performed for audiences across North America, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East.
Kyle is an instrumentalist and creative collaborator with Matt Kanelos, Sarah Alden, Kinan Azmeh’s CityBand, Uri Sharlin’s DogCat Ensemble, Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy, Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna, Peter Apfelbaum’s Sparkler, Ground Patrol, We the Gleaners, Sky White Tiger, Jihae, Caitlin Warbelow’s Prankhorn, and Instant Hits.
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’s fluency with a variety of music-making tools and styles, from synthesizers to folk and from orchestral scoring to drum programming, and his relationships with musicians and studios in New York City have made Kyle a valuable producer for a wide range of projects. He is currently producing or co-producing albums for Ilusha Tsinadze, Caitlin Warbelow’s Prankhorn, Mathias Künzli, and Sarah Alden.
Kyle Sanna has arranged for 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 on his 2010 Grammy-winning release for Sony Classical, his performance on The Colbert Report, and the latest release by Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, “Sing Me Home”, currently nominated for a Grammy for Best World Music Album.
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 – Panxoliña: a Galician Carol (trad.)
Jan Vogler & The Knights: Machine Gun (Jimi Hendrix)