Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Kyle completed a bachelors degree in Jazz Performance on saxophone from Brandon University (2010). Having studied with Greg Gatien, Michael Cain, and Eric Platz, Kyle has kept creativity and expression at the front of his musical ventures. His most notable project, Dirty Catfish Brass Band, has taken Kyle to festival stages across Canada and has solidified him as a strong member of Winnipeg’s vibrant music community.
He also performs regularly with The Winnipeg Jazz Collective, The Chuck Copenace Group, and has performed with other acts including Royal Canoe, The Brother’s Landreth, JP Hoe, Frazey Ford, Dr. Hotbottom, The Ministers of Cool, Sol James, The Danny Kramer Band, JD Edwards Band, Alfa, Rayannah, and The Hot & Dirty Dance Party.
What is your education and experience?
Bachelor of Music, Jazz Performance
What inspired you to study music?
I don’t remember the exact moment, but I had an experience playing in an ensemble where the music was feeling so good, the sound of the band felt great, and I knew that I wanted to keep doing that for the rest of my life.
How are your lessons unique?
I like to talk to my students and see what musical interests they have and try to cater our lessons to those interests. I am also a big fan of improvising and exploring the limits of the instrument. I’m a “tone above all” kind of teacher, so while I do like to focus on technique and reading music, I always make sure that we are focused on great tone production.
What would you say to someone who is interested in studying music?
I would probably ask them a lot of the same questions I’m being asked in this bio section! Here are some more specific questions I would ask: Who are you listening to? Where do you find music? Radio? Streaming platforms? YouTube? Record stores? What make you want to play?