Born in Korea and raised in Seattle, singer/composer/violinist-looper Joe Kye has drawn rave reviews in his relatively fledgling career, “discharging world[s] of emotion” and delivering “divine messages” with his lush string loops and eclectic style (Guitar World). Drawing upon his migrant upbringing throughout Asia and the US, Kye blends indie-rock, jazz, classical, pop, and world folk to create a unique sound that “leaves everyone in awe” (Sac News and Review). With his innovative use of digital effects and looping, Kye weaves together diverse textures, catchy melodies, and rich, sweet vocals to create soundscapes that groove, uplift, and empower listeners: “A single violinist…one mesmerizing symphony” (Sacramento Bee).
Following the release of his acclaimed 2015 EP, Joseph in the Well, Kye has been touring the United States with recent performances opening for world-renown cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Senator Bernie Sanders, along with a featured performance at California WorldFest. Previous collaborations include the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, the Sacramento Ballet, Alvin Ailey Composer/Percussionist William Catanzaro, original Wailer Devon Evans, and LA hip-hop artist Jason Chu. Kye has performed in venues like Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Community Center Theater (TEDx Sacramento), NAMM MainStage (Anaheim), the Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC), and the White House. Kye is a Fishman sponsored artist.
Kye is currently planning an Asia tour and working on his new album, Migrants, slated for release in early 2017.