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Kyle Simpson, composer, trumpet player, and bandleader, is a graduate from Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, WI and The University of Montana in Missoula, MT. His composition teachers were Fred Sturm at Lawrence and Charles Nichols at The University of Montana. Simpson has written many works for large jazz groups, chamber jazz groups, solo trumpet, synthesized electronic music, Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble. His compositions have been featured at the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival in Missoula, where he also performed with Lew Soloff and Paquito D'Rivera. Other compositions have been featured at the Fête de la Musique Ile d'Yeu, France(2011), Uzmah Upbeat Croatia (2014), Charlotte New Music Festival (2013), Ostrava Days Czech Republic (2011), and The Henry Mancini Institute(2006), Los Angeles. Simpson’s music has been described as, “lively with rhythmic vitality” and also, “lyrical with a brooding elegance.”
Simpson currently resides outside of Pittsburgh, PA where he is an Assistant Professor teaching instrumental music at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA. He is also presently in the DMA program in composition at West Virginia University studying with Dr. Joseph Dangerfield and Dr. Sarana Chou.
January 26, 2018--Symphony of Food for Women of Southwest PA. Kyle Simpson Jazz Collective plays for an annual fundraiser for hunger, Bella Sera in Canonsburg, PA.
January 27, 2018--City Books, Northside Pittsburgh 7pm-Kyle Simpson Jazz Collective
In a very intimate setting, music from the newest album Something In Between will be performed with Kyle on trumpet, Alex Ayers on keys, Justin Vorp, drums, and Rick Lang on Bass. The group will be re-imagining the music off Kyle's latest album.
February 1st, 8pm-ELKS Club Pittsburgh. Kyle performs with the Jazz Conspiracy Big Band-traditional swing music of the 1930's and 40's
February 15th, 8pm-ELKS Club Pittsburgh. Kyle performs with the Jazz Conspiracy Big Band-traditional swing music of the 1930's and 40's
In this section you can read about the different projects in which Kyle has participated.
In 2012 Kyle Simpson premiered his symphonic work with the Washington PA Symphony. THe piece was called "They Stepped Through the Fire."
During his undergraduate studies at Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wis., Washington & Jefferson College assistant professor of music Kyle Simpson had one goal: He wanted to be the best at music with the hope that it would take him places in the competitive industry.
W&J Assistant Professor of Music Kyle Simpson, along with Pittsburgh-based musician and filmmaker Tom Kurlander, is composing the music for 21Voices: Touched by Alzheimer’s. Kurlander is producing this new documentary to raise awareness about how Alzheimer’s affects families and caregivers as well as patients. The film will feature twenty-one interviewees chosen for their distinct purview and experience with Alzheimer’s and dementia, including patients, families, caretakers, first responders and researchers.
Here's a short film I helped score, creating Beginning and End credits for director John Cantine's film Aftermath. Featuring performances by the Freya Quartet.
I have been scoring the webseries created by Pittsburgh Filmmakers Director John Cantine: Check out Season 1, Season 2 will be available shortly. http://www.referencepointseries.com/episodes
Synopsis of Season 1: When Zannie West (Alex April) is hired as librarian at a small arts school, she finds herself surrounded by a whole workplace of wacky neighbors, including her boss Bill Dailey (Frank D. Wilson). With the help of her new friend Tori (Cassidy Adkins) can she bring order to the library, or is there more going on than meets the eye?
Reference Point is a web series created by John Cantine, Samantha Rayward, and Erin Sanderson.
This has been really fun and exciting to score. Season 1 presents lots of different challenges than Season 2, you'll have to watch it to see all the different aspects between the two seasons.
Carnegie Science Center Production: Hosted by Charissa Sedor and Ralph Crewe
Podcast can be found by clicking on the button below: