Joe Kye is a violinist-looper, composer, and producer based in Portland, OR. Born in Korea, raised in Seattle, Kye weaves together diverse textures, catchy melodies, and rich, sweet vocals to create songs that groove, uplift, and empower listeners. 



Praise for Joe Kye: 

"Kye's music discharged a world of emotions within me...deliver[ing] a comforting divine message." Guitar World's Acoustic Nation7.17.15

Best in "Folk Rock" - 2016 SN&R's Sammies Music Awards

"Outstanding New Artist" and "Artist of the Year" - 2015 SN&R's Sammies Music Awards

"Anyone in the audience who hadn't heard of Joe Kye before will certainly remember him now: his solo set's lush violin loops left everyone in awe." Sacramento News & Review, 4.2.15

"The melody is so's hard not to feel happy, even though he's lamenting consumerism..."  Insight, Capitol Public Radio, 2.10.15

"An excellent job mashing-up classical violin and modern pop-stylings..."  Hooks & Stone: Podcast, 1.26.15

"whimsical acoustic sound, similar to artists such as Andrew Bird and Dana Falconberry."  The Mod, Capitol Public Radio, 9.22.14

"...strike[s] a balance between folk rock's emotional rawness and classical chamber elegance."  Sacramento News & Review, 5.8.14


Praise for the Debut EP : 

2016 "Release of the Year" - SN&R's Sammies Music Awards

"Fans of... Andrew Bird and Sufjan Stevens should note Kye’s silky pop-varnished vocals, creative violin loops and layers of exuberant indie pop draped across a luscious symphonic landscape." Sacramento Bee, 5.6.15

"[the new EP] brings such richness, texture and orchestral grandeur that you immediately must listen again and again." Sacramento News & Review, 4.30.15

"His voice is a smooth tenor, matching seamlessly the bright shimmering string tones of his violin." City Scout4.27.15

"Kye has created a unique, evergreen quality to his music; it stays fresh...." Submerge Magazine4.27.15