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 Oregon Bach Festival, Art Basel Miami Beach, the International Symposium on Electronic Art, and Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. 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 Sanna has arranged music for banjo pioneer Bela Fleck, cellist Jan Vogler, mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie Von Otter, Irish fiddler Martin Hayes, Brooklyn Rider, The Knights orchestra, and for Yo-Yo Ma on two Grammy Award-winning albums. His arrangements have appeared on The Colbert Report, NPR’s Performance Today, and on the Sony 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.
Kyle Sanna & Dana Lyn, "The Coral Suite" performance at the Irish Arts Center, NYC, 2019.