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Joe Kye Creates Music to Unite, Empower, and Connect Community

Post Date:12/16/2019 12:00 pm

Joe KyeThe Walters Cultural Arts Center presents award-winning violinist-looper and vocalist Joe Kye on Friday, January 24 at 7:30 pm. Kye’s sound is described by The Sacramento Bee as, “A single violinist…one mesmerizing symphony.” With his innovative use of digital effects and looping, Kye weaves together diverse textures, catchy melodies, and rich, sweet vocals to create songs that groove, uplift, and empower listeners. Tickets are $18 in advance or $22 the day of the performance.

Born in Korea and raised in Seattle, Kye has received rave reviews since launching his music career in 2013. Guitar World describes Kye as “discharging world[s] of emotion” and delivering “divine messages” with his lush string loops and eclectic style. Kye blends indie rock, jazz, classical, pop, and world folk to create a unique sound that “leaves everyone in awe” (Sac News and Review).

After studying music and culture at Yale University, Kye left a career as a high school educator to pursue music full-time. Kye released his acclaimed EP in 2015, Joseph in the Well. In succession, Kye toured the United States with performances including opening for world-renown cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Senator Bernie Sanders, and a national broadcast performance on NPR’s Science Friday. He has been a keynote speaker for Multicultural Week at the Urban School of San Francisco and worked with the United Methodist Church's General Commission on Religion and Race.

More information about this performance and the 2019-20 Walters Concert Series is available at Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/WaltersConcerts and tickets can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com, by calling 503-615-3485, or in person at 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. 

Concert concessions available from Longbottom Coffee and Tea.

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