Tyler Kline is a composer, arranger and audio engineer currently residing in Cincinnati. His body of work encompasses a wide variety of styles and mediums, including acoustic chamber and large ensemble works; solo and duo works; fixed and interactive electronic/electroacoustic music; and collaborative projects with culinary, dance, visual, and literary arts.
An ongoing focus of Kline’s work is the use of extended sounds/techniques in order to create timbral similarities or differences, as well as textures, between instruments, voices and/or electronics. Extra-musical influences range from Wabi-Sabi, a Japanese aesthetic and world view that values transience, imperfection, and impermanence, to the Agrarian writing and principles of author Wendell Berry. More broadly, Kline’s music draws upon literary sources, the natural world, and culinary arts.
Kline is co-artistic director of Terroir New Music, an event series that combines the music of living composers with the work of local chefs and brewers. In addition to his work in composition, Kline is aclassical music radio announcer at WSMR, where he also produces and hosts a weekly contemporary-music program called “Modern Notebook.” He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Morehead State University (KY), and a Masters of Music from the University of South Florida, where his primary composition teachers were Dr. Baljinder Sekhon and Paul Reller.
(Photo credit: Susanna Hancock)
for melodica + piano
A new piece for pianist Eunmi Ko, commissioned with COVID-19 lock down measures in mind. The new work will utilize an old, out of tune piano in Ko's home, accompanied by additional found objects and will be performed by Ko alone.
for toy piano
Pianist Grace Huang commissioned Tyler in Summer 2020 to compose short works for solo toy piano to be presented virtually at the University of Georgia Summer Music Camp.
Sycamore is a three-movement work for toy piano (with optional piano accompaniment in the final movement) that is a reflection on returning home after some time, and how people and places change - or don't change - over long stretches of time.
for violin + piano
Commissioned by violinist Koki Tanaka and pianist E-Na Song, Eight Aspects is music about the moon in a symbolic sense (although, the eight “aspects” of this work could be interpreted as the eight moon phases). In this case, the moon represents illusions, the subconscious, and something divine yet ambiguous.
This imagery is a common thread throughout the piece, though it is filtered in different ways within each movement. Different moods and characters appear, ranging from fantasy-like escapism to frozen-in-time ritual music; overflowing washes of sound to sharp and pointed textures; and circular gestures that evoke the completeness of a world itself.