Kathryn Kaye is a composer and pianist whose music transcends genres and categories. Classically trained as a lyric soprano, pianist, and organist in the United States and Germany, her evocative and haunting melodies are both simple and profound. Her inspiration comes from classical music, jazz, New Age, and the hymns and folk songs of the Appalachian Mountains of southeast Kentucky, where she grew up.
Kathryn's seventh album, Songs of Changing Light, released January 1, 2018, is now available through CD Baby, and through this website via PayPal. To order Songs of Changing Light, click here. The album reached number 2 on the Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) Top 100 chart in January 2018. On One World Music, the album was number 8 in May 2018.
Kathryn's sixth album, Reflected in a Flowing Stream, was nominated for the Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) 2017 Best Piano Album with Instrumentation award, the winner of which was Jennifer DeFrayne, for her album Sisu. The ZMR Awards concert was held Saturday May 12, 2018, at Roussel Hall on the campus of Loyola University, where Kathryn was also one of the invited performers. She played an enthusiastically received set of four of her songs, accompanied on two by Jill Haley on English horn, and on another song by percussionist Jeff Haynes. On Thursday May 10 she was one of the featured artists at the New Orleans Jazz Museum, in the former United States Mint building. Other musicians at the Museum concert included Will Ackerman, Lawrence Blatt, Tom Eaton, Jeff Haynes, Fiona Joy, Jeff Oster, and Erik Scott.
All of Kathryn's albums have been critically acclaimed. The late Michael Diamond referred to her as, "one of the genre's finest artists. Her beautiful, prolific composition and elegant musicianship on the piano have secured her place in the top tier of contemporary composer/musicians."
Kathryn's fifth album, There Was a Time, won the award for Best Piano Album with Instrumentation in 2016 at the Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) 13th annual Music Award Concert, held at Loyola University's Roussel Performance Hall in New Orleans on May 13, 2017. The other nominees in the category, all outstanding musicians, included Fiona Joy, Lisa Downing, Steve Rivera, and Alexi Musnitsky. Her sixth album, Reflected in a Flowing Stream, was number 1 on the ZMR Top 100 Chart for January and February of 2017, and it remained on the Chart through the summer.
"Some of the most thoughtful and profound piano work I have ever heard."
"...you know right away that you are in the presence of a true artist...simple, yet beautiful."
--Rotcod Zzaj (Dick Metcalf)
Improvijazzation Nation Magazine
"Kathryn Kaye is as talented a composer and pianist as any with whom I’ve ever had the pleasure to work. Some of her pieces feel so hauntingly familiar that they seem like part of your DNA."
Windham County, Vermont