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
To check out or purchase Marshall's jazz CD's, Standard Time, Say When, Winter's End.
Kye is a professional cellist, composer of classical and jazz music and both a jazz and free improviser. She has produced five CDs: Standard Time, a compilation of jazz standards; Winter’s End and Say When, original jazz compositions with Don Thompson and In the Moment and Chiaroscuro, spontaneous compositions with Thomas Baker.
Kye’s compositions have been heard on television and radio, in films, dance performances and theatre and in various Toronto venues such as Glenn Gould Studios, Harbourfront, NY Centre for the Performing Arts, and the Music Gallery as well as in Austria and the United States.
An eclectic performer, Kye has played jazz, classical and free music in numerous venues from Roy Thompson Hall to the Rex Tavern with various ensembles including her jazz quartet, the Epic String Quartet, the National Ballet Orchestra, and the Baker\Marshall Duo.
Kye also uses her improvisational skills as a music psychotherapist.
Grants, Scholarships & Awards
Jazz Cello is a striking concept,
and a natural evolution of Kye's passion for embracing the new
and pushing the musical envelope. The expressive range and lyricism
of the cello make this instrument a natural choice for many forms
of jazz, and Kye Marshall has become the leading Canadian exponent
of this very unique concept.
Look for Kye's newest jazz release entitled Standard Time featuring Don Thompson on bass and piano with Daniel Ionescu guitar and Mark Duggan on percussion. After successfully releasing two CDs of her own original music, Winter's End and Say When, Marshall decided to bring the rich and lyrical beauty of the cello to familiar standards such as Summertime and I Remember You.
Kye has done
many jazz performances including; Toronto Du Maurier Jazz Festival,
Mayworks Festival, Montreal Bistro, Pilot Tavern, Mezzeta's, Quigley's,
Le Select, Gate 403, Bamboo Club, Woman's Common, Free Times Cafe,
Oasis, Oscars, Rex Tavern, Tallulah's Cabaret, Cameron, Capriccio's,
Metro Toronto Library, Second Cup on Bloor, at Universities of
Toronto, Waterloo and Guelph, Toronto Free Theatre, Convention
Centre, L'Hotel, Queen Street Mental Health Centre. More
Kye is former
principal cellist with the 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
Winner of the Ron Collier Award
for her String Quartet No. 1, which was broadcast on CBC. Kye's
composing abilities continue to receive wide attention. Kye's
Concerto for Bass Trombone premiered at the Glenn Gould Studio,
and Themantics, a trio for clarinet, piano and violin premiered
at the North York Performing Arts Centre. She has also been commissioned
to compose for orchestra, string quartet, documentary, film, dance
and theatre. View here for more about her composition credits.
Kye performs 'spontaneous compositions'
with Tom Baker (piano), creating 'in the moment' music through
improvisation. This avant-garde duo released their first CD In
the Moment at the Music
Gallery in 1998. Kye has freelanced with other groups at a variety
of festivals, clubs and theatre venues. More
cello in Performance
- Electric - Eccentric
the music she performs on solo cello as Eclectic- Electric - Eccentric
as she draws on music of many different styes and cultures as
well as her own experience as a woman in our society. She is able
to achieve many different textures and layers by using some electronic
gadgets like the 'boomerang' which help her loop tracks and create
many different voices simultaneously. The aspect of improvising
over pre-figured structures allows for a spontaneity, excitement
and passion that is difficult to achieve with written-out music.
Room of One's Own - Solo Cello Concert Description
Scholarship & Awards
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
As a music psychotherapist , Kye
works with individuals, couples and groups, using music as a unique
tool to help clients access and express their non-verbal experience.
Clients improvise with Kye on a wide variety of easy-to-play instruments
to create soundscapes which are used for exploration. No musical
background or training is necessary as the music created is based
on accessible elements of music such as rhythm, colour and melody
rather than traditional harmony. More
Canadian Music Centre
of Canadian Women Composer's
Federations of Musicians
Society for Psychotherapists