Guitar, Composer, Producer
Kyle Sanna has been active as a composer, producer, guitarist, and improviser in New York City since 2000. He has collaborated with and performed alongside many of today’s virtuosos (Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile), with some of the greatest living interpreters of Irish music (Kevin Burke, Martin Hayes, Seamus Egan), and with improvisers worldwide. As a composer, Kyle writes for both live performance and fixed media. His “ruminative and shape-shifting” (San Francisco Chronicle) work for string quartet, Sequence for Minor White, won First Prize in the 2018 Charlotte New Music Festival Composition Competition. WNYC’s New Sounds and Sound Check host John Schaefer called his music “unconventionally beautiful.” Kyle has arranged music for orchestra and soloist (for banjo pioneer Bela Fleck and for cellist Jan Vogler with the Knights), for string quartet (for mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie Von Otter and for Irish fiddler Martin Hayes with Brooklyn Rider), and as well as for Silkroad. His arrangements have appeared on The Colbert Report, NPR’s Performance Today, and on the Sony Classical, Sony Masterworks, and Naïve labels. In addition to his composing and arranging, Kyle Sanna is an active improviser on guitar, synths, and samplers, performing solo and collaborating with instrumentalists, dancers, and theater companies. Kyle lives in Brooklyn and is a member of Kinan Azmeh’s CityBand, Peter Apfelbaum’s Sparkler, The Seamus Egan Project, Ground Patrol, and a duo with violinist Dana Lyn.