Artist Profile

"Kye Marshall is an exceptional, daring & talented jazz performer - one of the most
underrated musicians around. She plays with excitement and straight from her heart."

- Al Peabody, Jazz Critic


The  Composer

Kye Marshall has written a full length opera, music for full orchestra, string orchestra and for different combinations of instruments including string quartet, piano, brass quintet and choir.
She has also written four film scores, forty jazz compositions, as well as music for theatre,  dance and CBC radio drama . Her classical compositions have been performed in Italy, the US, Austria and locally at venues such as the Glenn Gould Studios, Harbourfront, Royal Conservatory of Music, NY Centre for the Performing Arts, Music Gallery, Markham Centre for the Performing Arts, TVO and CBC Radio.
Her jazz compositions have been played on local radio stations and around the world in many countries including France, Belarus, Poland, England, Australia.

The Jazz Cellist

The Kye Marshall Jazz Quartet / Duo has appeared on TVO, in the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, the Distillery Jazz Festival, the Jazz and Blues Festival, the Mayworks Festival, and at numerous venues around Toronto including the Montreal Bistro, the Pilot, the Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre, Quigley’s, Mezzeta’s, Le Select, Gate 403, Oscars, Oasis, Free Times Café, the Universities of Guelph, Toronto, and Waterloo among others.
She has produced four jazz CD’s: Standard Time, a compilation of jazz standards with Don Thompson (bass and piano) and Dan Ionescu (guitar); Say When and Winter’s End, original jazz compositions with Don Thompson (piano). Pencil Blues.

The Free Improviser

 Marshall has performed with many avant garde ensembles in the Victoriaville Toronto Festival, Music Gallery, Fringe Jazz Festival, Distillery Jazz Festival, Artword Theatre, the Rex, Gallery 345, Array Studios, the Cameron, the Idler Pub, etc. She has also been performing ‘spontaneous compositions’ in the Baker/Marshall Duo for many years with Thomas Baker (piano), creating 'in the moment' music through improvisation. They have produced two CDs:  In The Moment and Chiaroscuro.

The Classical Cellist

Kye is former principal cellist with the New Chamber Orchestra and O'Keefe Centre Orchestra and was assistant principal with the National Ballet Orchestra. She also performed with the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Stratford Festival Orchestra and in many theatres and recording studios around Toronto. She currently plays with the Epic String Quartet. More

Grants, Scholarship & Awards

Canada Council for the Arts - Multiple Grants
Ontario Arts Council - Multiple Grants
Toronto Arts Council
Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records - Recording Grant
Toronto Symphony Education Programs - Composition Grant
Banff School of Fine Arts - Scholarship Grant for Jazz Program
CAPAC - Recording Grant

Professional Affiliations

The Canadian Music Centre Associate Composer
Association of Canadian Women Composer's
American Federations of Musicians