Music & Performance
Part of the series JazzPOP 2015

JazzPOP: Kyle Bruckmann’s WRACK… Awaits Silent Tristero’s Empire

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“A post-modern masterpiece.” – Troy Collins, All About Jazz

“Dazzling proof that intricately arranged, angular modern jazz can be accessible and enjoyable.”  – Wire Magazine

A versatile, singular and wildly innovative musician, oboist Kyle Bruckmann has built an unlikely career shapeshifting between contemporary classical music, electronic noise, post-punk rock, and improvised music.  His chamber jazz ensemble WRACK features superb musicians from Chicago and San Francisco, performing his “musical phantasmagoria” inspired by the novels of Thomas Pynchon.

Kyle Bruckmann – oboe, English horn
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Darren Johnston – trumpet
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Jen Clare Paulson – viola
Anton Hatwich  – acoustic bass
Jordan Glenn – percussion


The Hammer’s “reliably excellent” (Los Angeles Times) annual summer festival of creative jazz and improvised music celebrates its tenth year with three concerts featuring some of the most adventurous, inspired, masterful music happening on the West Coast. Curated by Lisa Mezzacappa.

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All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA. 

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members. 

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