Born in Korea and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Portland-based composer, violinist, looper and vocalist Joe Kye creates “a mesmerizing symphony” (Sacramento Bee) with his lush string loops and eclectic style, blending indie-rock, jazz, classical and pop.
A powerful storyteller with an inclusive sense of humor, Joe weaves his immigrant narrative through his show, inspiring audiences to compassion and empathy in these divisive times.
After studying music and culture at Yale University, he left a career as a high school educator to pursue music full-time. He has toured the United States, opening for cellist Yo-Yo Ma, comedian Hari Kondabalu, rapper Warren G and Senator Bernie Sanders, along with nationally broadcast performances on NPR and BBC. Kye recorded his first TedX talk in November of 2018, and has been invited to speak on immigration, creativity and cultural activism at schools, community organizations and spiritual centers. Previous collaborators include the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, the Sacramento Ballet and LA hip-hop artist Jason Chu.
Kye has performed in venues like Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Community Center Theater (TEDx Sacramento), the Legislative Back-To-Session Bash (California), NAMM MainStage (Anaheim), the Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC) and the White House.
Joe Kye"We Found Love"
Joe Kye"Stick On Me"
This show will also be live-streamed free to our YouTube and Facebook pages.
Jazz, Mixed Genre, Pop
The "cool" counterpart to our annual Summer Fest, Winter Fest presents the best new discoveries in jazz, blues, Latin, salsa, Americana and more.
Those attending shows at the SJZ Break Room must be either fully vaccinated (including a booster if you are eligible for one) OR show a negative PCR test from an authorized testing facility within 72 hours of show date. We are also limiting attendance to 75% capacity. Visit FDA.gov to learn if you are eligible for a booster. Visit covid19.sccgov.org to make an appointment for a free vaccine or booster.
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