Kyle Tieman-Strauss (b. 1994) is a composer of music for stages and headphones, as well as a passionate advocate for contemporary music. His music has been commissioned and performed by ensembles such as ETHEL; Bearthoven; JACK Quartet; Conduit; Manhattan Saxophone Quartet; Cadillac Moon Ensemble; and the NYU Symphony Orchestra, where he held residencies in 2013-2014 and 2016-2017. His first chamber opera, These Walls, written in collaboration with librettist Matthias Hope Naroff and soprano Emilia Donato, investigates the interior life of the mid-century American serial killer Rhonda Belle Martin. It was premiered in May 2017 in New York.
Current projects include Forsaken Tunes, a new studio work for Sasha Zamler-Carhart, exploring texts of Muriel Rukeyser, Jack Spicer, and C.P. Cavafy; Creases, a harp and playback piece written for regular collaborator Hope Wilk; and Speed of Darkness, a setting of Rukeyser poems for mezzo and two guitars, for the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music.
An avid cheerleader for the music of the twenty-first century, Kyle is the founder and artistic director of Echo Chamber, a sextet exclusively dedicated to commissioning and championing some of the most exciting composers active today. Through presenting concerts, multimedia works, and educational projects, Echo Chamber's mission is to provide composers with opportunities to create innovative, boundary-pushing work. While studying at NYU, he also founded a contemporary music festival, Pulsing & Shaking, which celebrates new music created in New York.
In addition to writing, Kyle is on the faculty of the Mannes School of Music, where he teaches music graphics and notation. He is also a music editor at Boosey & Hawkes. He studied at New York University, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees working primarily with Michael Gordon and Robert Honstein. He is currently a fellow at the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, and was a 2016 composition fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute. He lives in Manhattan.
Outside of music, Kyle can be found preoccupied with the Bauhaus, desert modernism, and pencil cacti.