Kye Marshall


Kye Marshall is a professional composer, cellist and nature photographer. She combines her love of melody with her facility as a classical and jazz musician and avant-garde improviser to create unique styles of composition.

Improvisation is a critical element in her work. As a composer, she improvises to access and develop musical ideas. As a jazz/Latin/free cellist, she improvises in performance and on recordings including on her own six CDs. As a sound artist, she creates amplified cello compositions using sound processors for art installations and dance scores. As a photographer, Marshall uses improvising tools such as multiple exposures and Intentional Camera Movement to create unusual images.

Her compositions have been performed internationally in the USA, Austria and Veneto, Italy (I Solisti Veneti) and local Toronto venues such as the Canadian Opera Centre, Glenn Gould Studios, Harbourfront, the Music Gallery, NY Performing Arts Centre, the Royal Conservatory of Music, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, Markham Centre for the Performing Arts, AGO Multisensory Ipad tours, on TVO, on Jazz.FM and CBC Radio. Her full length opera Pomegranate was presented by the Canadian Opera Company in June 2023.

She has also written for full orchestra, a concerto for bass trombone and for many different combinations of instruments including string orchestra, string quartet, woodwind trio, brass quintet,piano trio, two harps, piano, voice and choir. Kye has also written four film scores, thirty-nine jazz compositions, and for theatre, dance and CBC radio drama. The Canadian National Conservatory of Music has published seven of her piano pieces and she was twice the winner of the CNFMT best piano composition.

An eclectic musician, Kye has performed  jazz, classical and free music with multiple ensembles including as principal cellist in the O’Keefe Centre Orchestra and the New Chamber Orchestra, the National Ballet Orchestra (assistant principal cellist), the Kye Marshall Jazz Quartet / Duo, Heliconian PianoTrio, Epic String Quartet, and Heliconian String Quartet. She has four CD’s of original compositions.

As a photographer Marshall has had solo shows at the Yorkville Library, Axis Gallery and Grill, Richview Library, Canadian Music Centre, Fairview Library and has been in multiple group shows. Her work is also in private collections and was chosen for Show Your Ontario contest and for the Yes Art Gala.

Marshall has received awards, commissions as well as grants from all the major funding bodies in Canada (TAC, OAC, Canada Council, CAPAC, Socan, the Canadian Music Centre and TD).

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