A Massachusetts native and graduate of both Harvard and Berklee, Kyle Nasser has established himself as one of the most technically fluid saxophonists and inventive composers of his generation. Since moving to New York City in 2010, he has played at some of the city's most prestigious venues - including the Blue Note, Iridium, and Cornelia St. Cafe - and has toured in the U.S. and South America. Nasser has shared the stage with jazz luminaries such as Jim Hall, Hank Jones, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas and Ben Monder, among others. In addition to leading his own group, he also plays with and composes for the international collective Beekman, whose sound has been described as "a joyful and continued speculation flowing in almost all facts with surprising ease" (Jazz, ese ruido).
Nasser's current project Restive Soul, his debut as a leader, features his quintet presenting "a collection of sophisticated and complex modern jazz originals" (Jazz Weekly). His music stands out for its seamless integration of classical forms and techniques with jazz language and phrasing. The album's songs weave together sonata forms, baroque to 20th century counterpoint, and modern rhythms with modern jazz vocabulary. "The saxophonist's debut is knotty with a contrapuntal weave of voices, bumpy mixed meters, and alternating rhythmic currents that nonetheless groove, sometime with a rocking edge" (Boston Globe).