Kyle Flens - Percussion

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Kyle Flens, (b.1991, Baltimore, MD), is a multi-faceted percussionist. Based in Chicago, he is a member of Ensemble Dal Niente and Projeto Arcomusical.

Kyle maintains an active and rigorous performance schedule each year. Recent highlights include concerts at the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enriquez (Mexico City, Mexico), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the 5th International Festival of Percussion Ensembles (San José, Costa Rica), Institutio Inhotim (Minas Gerais, Brazil), and the Winter Festival in Ouro Preto and Mariana (Minas Gerais, Brazil). As an advocate for new music, he has premiered compositions by Eliza Brown, Elliot Cole, Julio Estrada, Robert Fleisher, Erin Gee, Robert Honstein, Kyle Krause, Alexis C. Lamb, Brian Penkrot, Ben Wahlund, and Katherine Young.

Kyle’s schedule as an educator is equally as active, recently giving clinics and master classes at Western Washington University, Kansas State University, Instituto Nacional de la Música (San José, Costa Rica), the Juilliard School, and Boston Conservatory at Berklee. He has been in residency at University of California Davis, Brandeis University, Brown University, and Stanford University. Kyle received his Master of Music with a Performer’s Certificate from Northern Illinois University and his Bachelor of Music from Towson University as a Presser Scholar. While at NIU, he was the winner of the school’s concerto competition and received a graduate fellowship award.

Kyle can be heard on Arcomusical’s debut album MeiaMeia on Innova Recordings, as well as the ensemble's sophomore album Spinning in the Wheel on National Sawdust Tracks. Since its release in 2016, MeiaMeia has been featured on WNYC, WBEZ, and NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. Kyle performs on Pearl Drums and Adams Percussion Instruments, and is honored to be an endorsed artist.