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Album Review

Kyle Bruckmann's Wrack: ...Awaits Silent Tristero's Empire

Read "...Awaits Silent Tristero's Empire" reviewed by Troy Collins


...Awaits Silent Tristero's Empire is an epic four-part suite based on the fictitious songs found scattered throughout celebrated author Thomas Pynchon's early novels V., The Crying of Lot 49, and Gravity's Rainbow. Oboist Kyle Bruckmann conceived this post-modern “musical phantasmagoria" as the first long-form composition written for Wrack, his experimental chamber jazz ensemble, employing an expanded version of the long-standing unit to realize the project's pan-stylistic scope.A former Chicago resident, Bruckmann relocated to San Francisco after the turn ...

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Kyle Bruckmann: On Procedural Grounds

Read "On Procedural Grounds" reviewed by Troy Collins


One of the most common methodologies embraced by the current generation of creative improvising musicians is polystylism--a seamlessly ingrained aesthetic sensibility that transcends the stylized post-modern dilettantism of earlier generations. Bay Area-based oboist Kyle Bruckmann has demonstrated the depth and breadth of this all-inclusive approach in myriad ways, from his art-damaged punk band Lozenge and genre-defying chamber group Wrack to electro-acoustic solo recitals. Accompanied by a handful of colleagues from San Francisco, as well as former associates from his Chicago ...

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Interview

Kyle Bruckmann: Purposeful Discontent

Read "Kyle Bruckmann: Purposeful Discontent" reviewed by James Taylor


When I spoke with oboist Kyle Bruckmann earlier this month, he was in the midst of a recording session with experimental metal act Oxbow (Hydrahead Records). Yeah... haven't heard of them, huh? Punknews.org called Oxbow's 2006 release Love That's Last “free-form psychedelia and an “infusion of jazz, rock and noise. So it should come as no surprise then that the eclectic Bruckmann would be recording oboe overdubs for Oxbow's latest record. Bruckmann's budding career as a creative ...

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Album Review

Kyle Bruckmann's Wrack: Intents & Purposes

Read "Intents & Purposes" reviewed by Nic Jones


Peter Hammill once described working with Van Der Graaf Generator as “serious fun," and anyone familiar with that band's music will have an idea also of the ambiguity of his description. VDGG specialised in a strain of the gothic as set down in literary terms by Edgar Allan Poe, and for all the idiomatic differences between their dark progressive rock and what's on offer here, there is an aesthetic of anxiety which bridges the divide between two disparate concerns.

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Album Review

Kyle Bruckmann's Wrack: Intents & Purposes

Read "Intents & Purposes" reviewed by Troy Collins


Following oboist Kyle Bruckmann's self-titled 2003 Toucan Records debut, Intents & Purposes finds his Wrack ensemble exploring a similar program of experimental chamber jazz. Bruckmann effortlessly occupies the space between jazz and classical music, generating movements of somber reflection one minute, turbulent intensity the next. From Morton Feldman-esque minimalism to Charles Ives-like bluster, Wrack has few equals.

Bruckmann concentrates on oboe, but he also dabbles in English horn and suona. Since two of the group's original members were ...

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Album Review

Kyle Bruckmann: Wrack

Read "Wrack" reviewed by Rex  Butters


Kyle Bruckmann rises out of the seething pool that is Chicago experimental music. He plays accordion and Moog in the avant punk band, Lozenge, and to make ends meet he freelances on oboe in classical ensembles, where he has performed Cage, Crumb, and Ives, among others. Wrack arose from Bruckmann's desire to compose themes for improvisation with four specific players in mind. He brings together Lozenge-mate Kurt Johnson on bass, drummer Tim Daisy and trombonist Jeb Bishop of the Vandermark ...

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Album Review

Kyle Bruckmann: Wrack

Read "Wrack" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


Kyle Bruckmann has been trained in classical music, which relies on structure. He is also an experimentalist, which requires the deconstruction of structure. In tandem, the two approaches can make for an interesting devolution, as the whole becomes fragmented only to be made whole again. Bruckmann has the acumen to trigger his technical prowess with schematic variables and come up trumps. He does this as he sows the idea in placid waters... or the eye of a storm. ...


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