Kyle Grimm is a composer and double bassist whose music has been described as "feisty technicolor" (Rober Zahab). His compositions strive to strike a balance between the gritty and the beautiful through juxtaposition, layering, and synthesis; often employing electronics alongside acoustic elements. He received his D.M.A. in Music composition from The Hartt School, where he studied with Robert Carl, David Macbride, Ken Steen and Gilda Lyons, as well as serve as teacher's assistant to Mark Orton for the graduate film scoring seminar. Kyle has since returned to The Hartt School as an adjunct professor to teach Music Technology and Interdisciplinary Studies involving music.
Kyle frequently performs his own works whether they be solo or chamber. Most recently he has released an album of works for double bass and live electronics, titled Improvisations I, which is available on Bandcamp and all streaming services. He has curated, composed, and performed a recital of works for solo bass and live electronics titled Bass on Bass on Bass. In 2017, he performed alongside his colleagues in his multimedia work L'inferno Etudes, based on the 1917 silent film, L'inferno. He has also played double bass under the direction of Robert Black in the Hartt Bass Band and David Macbride in the Hartt Composers Ensemble.
Kyle received an artist fellowship from Connecticut Office of the Arts in 2019 for excellence in his field. He is a Kountz Fund scholar through his exemplary work in the composition department in the 2015-16 school year. In 2014 Kyle was a recipient of the Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grant to help realize his goals of self-promotion and score submissions. Other awards include talent scholarships from The Hartt School (2013-2017) as well as the Graduate Electronic Fellowship and Departmental Assistantship.
Kyle's compositions have featured on many different concerts and series, including: SEAMUS, SPLICE, Hartford New Music Festival, North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, Uncertainty Music Series, Bass+Electronics (Robert Black, curator), Garmany Concert Series, Hartt Electronic Music Concert Series (Ken Steen, curator), Border Crossings (Brad Sherman, curator), New Music Now PDX (Andrew Stiefel, curator), Awakenings Concert Series, Hartt Composers Ensemble Concert Series (David Macbride, director), Public Works Concert Series, and Foot in the Door Collaboration Series. He has had his works performed by numerous ensembles and soloists across the country, including: Kamratōn, Iktus percussion quartet, Contemporary Columbus, Ensemble 4Saxess, Hartford New Music Collective, Olivia Harris, Daniel Phipps, Andrey Stolyarov, Benjamin Stayner, Lauren Perala, Foot in the Door, Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and Hartt Composers Ensemble.
Kyle recently wrote the music for the video game Hold the Fort, by Monster Tooth Studios, which is currently on Steam. He also wrote the title song for the short film The Autumn Waltz, currently on Amazon Prime.
Kyle is currently the director of the Hartford New Music Festival.
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