Kyle Flens, (b.1991, Baltimore, MD), is a multi-faceted percussionist. Based in Chicago, he is a member of
Projeto Arcomusical and Ensemble Dal Niente.
Kyle maintains an active and rigorous performance schedule each year. Recent highlights include concerts at the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enriquez (Mexico City, Mexico), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the LA Philharmonic’s Noon to Midnight Festival at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the 5th International Festival of Percussion Ensembles (San José, Costa Rica), Institutio Inhotim (Minas Gerais, Brazil), and the Winter Festival in Ouro Preto and Mariana (Minas Gerais, Brazil). As an advocate for new music, he has premiered compositions by Eliza Brown, Anthony Cheung, Elliot Cole, Darcy Copeland, Julio Estrada, Luis Fernando Amaya, Robert Fleisher, Erin Gee, Robert Honstein, Kyle Krause, Alexis C. Lamb, Brian Penkrot, Igor Santos, Ben Wahlund, and Katherine Young.
Kyle’s schedule as an educator is equally as active. He has given clinics at world class institutions: Western Washington University, DePaul University, Instituto Nacional de la Música (San José, Costa Rica), the Juilliard School, and Boston Conservatory at Berklee. He has been in residency at University of California Davis, The Walden School, Brandeis University, Brown University, and Stanford University. Kyle received his Master of Music with a Performer’s Certificate from Northern Illinois University and his Bachelor of Music from Towson University as a Presser Scholar. While at NIU, he was the winner of the school’s concerto competition and received a graduate fellowship award. Kyle has studied with Gregory Beyer, Patrick Roulet, and N. Scott Robinson.
Kyle can be heard on Arcomusical’s debut album MeiaMeia on Innova Recordings, as well as the ensemble’s sophomore album Spinning in the Wheel on National Sawdust Tracks. Since its release in 2016, MeiaMeia has been featured on WNYC, WBEZ, and NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday. Kyle performs on Pearl Drums and Adams Percussion Instruments, and is honored to be an endorsed artist.