Colorful & Profound

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Com­poser Debra Kaye has received a steady stream of com­mis­sions since 2003.  The cham­ber music from these col­lab­o­ra­tions with world-class musi­cians of the New York new music com­mu­nity will be released in 2014 on PARMA Record­ings. Click here for news of Debra’s upcom­ing release.  With roots in the clas­si­cal tra­di­tion, Debra’s music embraces a wide range of influ­ences and inspi­ra­tions – jazz, world music, exper­i­men­tal impro­vi­sa­tions, world events, and the found sounds of daily life — a canon of foot­steps, poly rhyth­mic waves on a lake, the coun­ter­point of a New York City street, to cre­ate works that are deeply felt, rhyth­mi­cally inter­est­ing, often lyri­cal and some­times witty.

Sup­port for her music includes grants from ASCAP, Meet the Com­poser, Atlanta Music Teach­ers Asso­ci­a­tion, Mannes Col­lege, the Edward T. Cone Foun­da­tion, Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, New School Uni­ver­sity, and res­i­den­cies at the Mil­lay Colony and Wurl­itzer Foundation.   Her music has been per­formed at note-able venues in New York City and beyond, includ­ing Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Mannes Col­lege, Barge­mu­sic, Stein­way Hall; stream­ing live and on the radio on Chicago’s WFMT, and other regional stations.  Former exec­u­tive direc­tor of the NY Com­posers Cir­cle, she is cur­rently vice pres­i­dent of the How­land Cham­ber Music Cir­cle, in Bea­con, NY, and holds degrees from NYU and Mannes Col­lege, where she is on the Prepara­tory Divi­sion faculty.