Colorful, Witty, & Profound

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New York com­poser, Debra Kaye has honed her craft col­lab­o­rat­ing with musi­cians of Manhattan’s dynamic new music com­mu­nity.  And So It Begins, her debut album on Rav­ello Records, is the result of this cross-pollination, with most of the music played by those who com­mis­sioned and pre­miered it.  Click here for news of Debra’s upcom­ing release.  Music is move­ment – a con­cept from Kaye’s Dal­croze stud­ies, these pieces have a vis­ceral, visual qual­ity, bal­anc­ing pathos and humor, poetry and drama, tak­ing the lis­tener on a wide rang­ing jour­ney that blends her deep clas­si­cal roots with traces of jazz, world music, folk and pop. She has been described as “a unique voice in Amer­i­can music, transcendent…witty…colorful…profound.”

Kaye’s music has been played at notable venues in New York City and beyond — uptown at Carnegie Hall, Stein­way Hall, Mannes Col­lege, down­town at Barge­mu­sic, DROM, and Spec­trum, with radio play on Chicago’s WFMT and other regional sta­tions. Career high­lights include awards from ASCAP, Meet the Com­poser, Mannes Col­lege, Edward T. Cone Foun­da­tion, res­i­den­cies at the Mil­lay Colony and Helene Wurl­itzer Foun­da­tion, and three Off-Off Broad­way pro­duc­tions of The Ugly Duck­ling, with lauda­tory notice from the NY Times.

A grad­u­ate of Mannes Col­lege of Music and New York Uni­ver­sity with degrees in com­po­si­tion and piano per­for­mance, Kaye rounded out her musi­cian­ship with jazz piano.  A fac­ulty mem­ber of the Mannes Col­lege Prepara­tory Divi­sion, she has served as exec­u­tive direc­tor of the NY Com­posers Cir­cle and pres­i­dent of the How­land Cham­ber Music Cir­cle in Bea­con, NY.