“A new voice on our horizon is felt and heard with [composer] Debra Kaye” (Classical Modern Music Review). Her visceral music has beendescribed as “an eclectic unfolding of creativity” (Gramophone), it ranges from lyrical to grooving, experimental to coloristic but above all, expressive and deeply felt. Kaye is a hybrid and her music reflects it. Born in Motown, currently living in New York City, she moved to an Atlanta of the deep south at an early age. Her life and music reflect a desire to feel, understand and to integrate opposites. Read More…


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The Exchange (2019) 
Commissioned by Access Contemporary Music

Charles Neidich, clarinet; Hikaru Tamaki, cello

String Quartet No. 2 – “The Howland Quartet” (2018) by Debra Kaye

Commissioned for the 25th Anniversary of the Howland Chamber Music Circle Voxare Quartet

Ikarus Among the Stars (2017)
Commissioned by the Portland Youth Philharmonic

Portland Youth Philharmonic; David Hattner, conductor

Call of the Dance (2017 – 2021)
I.Fantasy II. a deafening silence III. Call of the Dance 
Commissioned by Carl Gutowski

Carl Gutowski, flute; Marcia Eckert, piano

Selected Reviews

Classical-Modern Music Review
“Each work is a gem…”   Click HERE for a full review.
Album – IKARUS AMONG THE STARS – June 6, 2023.


“…unique sound and feel…perfectly executed tracks. This music is focused, inspirational, and precise. This is an album that will surely stand the test of time.”
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And So It Begins, CD. babysue.com. October 2014.

Gramophone Magazine
“…The album draws its title from Kaye’s Turning in Time, an expressive amalgam of Baroque and modern elements…seamlessly woven together. The narrative somehow leads (spoiler alert) to the pinnacle of solo violin repertoire, the Chaconne from Bach’s Partita No 2. In this premiere recording, Augustyn plays with vibrant intensity, caressing the phrases and bringing bold focus to the eclectic unfolding of creativity.” 

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– Turning in Time. David Rosenberg. Gramophone Magazine. July 2021