Hailed as “a composer and arranger certainly worthy of considerable attention” (Bill Donaldson, Cadence Magazine), Kyle Saulnier writes music of dramatic intensity and immediacy, fusing orchestral techniques with the modern jazz vocabulary into music that has been described as “lush and inventive” (WNYC), and “fearlessly relevant” (New York Music Daily).
In his primary voice as composer of the Awakening Orchestra, Saulnier has composed two symphonies (2010’s this is not the answer. and 2016’s i can see my country from here.), a violin concerto (2014’s to call her to a higher plain.), as well as scores of single-movement compositions, arrangements, and orchestrations. The orchestra’s 2014 debut was called “as rare an achievement as Carla Bley’s Escalator Over the Hill” (All About Jazz), and “a unique and masterful work.” (Cadence Magazine)
Not limited to the jazz and avant-garde realms, Saulnier has composed and arranged for the Metropole Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, National Geographic Television, the BET Awards, TURNmusic, and Osso String Quartet. His catalog includes works for symphony orchestra, studio orchestra, big band, string quartet, brass ensemble, solo piano, and countless combinations of mixed jazz and chamber ensembles.