Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Marshall, Kye (Carole E. Marshall)
Marshall, Kye [Carole E. Marshall] jazz cellist; b. b. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 19 October 1943. Her mother is Gwen Halpenny Marshall, b.3 Feb. 1911 Montreal, Canada. Her father is Harry Borden Marshall, b.15 July 1909 Listowel, Ontario Canada. Her siblings are Mary Kathleen Marshall, b. 7 Aug. 1939, Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Wendy Marshall Campbell, b. October 31, 1948, Toronto, Ontario.
She is former principal cello with the O'Keefe Centre Orchestra and the New Chamber Orchestra and was assistant principal with the National Ballet Orchestra. She currently plays with the Epic String Quartet. Marshall started piano lessons at age five, but her passion for music blossomed with her exposure to the cello in high school. It was love at first sight (or sound). After receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Music from the University of Toronto she studied cello privately in London, Zurich and New York, and completed her composition studies with Gordon Delamont. She took courses in jazz at York University and at the Banff School of Fine Arts. Marshall's classical compositions have received much attention. She won the Ron Collier Award for her String Quartet No. 1, which was broadcast on CBC. Her music has been performed at many venues around Toronto. Kye's Concerto for Bass Trombone premiered at the Glenn Gould Studio, and Themantics, a trio for clarinet, piano and violin premiered at the North York Performing Arts Centre. She has also written music for a number of films and for dance. Marshall performs 'spontaneous compositions' with Tom Baker (piano), creating 'in the moment' music through improvisation. This avant-garde duo has released two CDs at the Music Gallery, In the Moment 1998 and Chiaroscuro 2001. Marshall has improvised with other groups in the Victoriaville Toronto Festival, Fringe Jazz Festival, Artword Theatre, the Rex, the Cameron, the Idler Pub, Uxbridge United Church etc. Say When, a CD of Marshall 's jazz compositions with Don Thompson, producer and pianist, Terry Clarke, drums and Jim Vivien, bass was released at the Montreal Bistro, November 4, 2002. Incorporating a diversity of elements from baroque to contemporary, the compositions on Say When are inspired by her passion for the Canadian wilderness and her dedication to preserve the environment. Marshall 's jazz cello has been heard on her first jazz CD Winter's End , on numerous radio stations including CBC and CJRT, and in the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Mayworks Festival, and at numerous venues around Toronto including the Pilot, Montreal Bistro, Quigley's, Mezzeta's, Le Select, Gate 403, Oscars, Free Times Cafe, and at the Universities of Guelph, Toronto, and Waterloo. When not performing or composing, Marshall works as a music psychotherapist. She improvises with individual clients and groups on a wide variety of easy-to-play instruments to provide a vehicle for creativity and non-verbal expression. She also loves to hike, canoe, snowshoe, and take outdoor photographs, some of which appear on Say When.
Grants, Scholarships and Awards:
2001 Ontario Arts Council Community Music grant
2000 Toronto Arts Council Composition Grant
2000 Canada Council Promotion Grant
1999 Toronto Symphony Education Programs Composition grant to write "Interact", Four Movements for String Quartet
1996 Factor Recording Grant
1996 Toronto Arts Council Composition Grant
1993 Canada Council Travel Grant to Vittoria, Spain
1992 Ontario Arts Council (Education Department) Arrangement Grant for The Epic String Trio
1991 Scholarship to the Jazz Program, Banff School of Fine Arts
1988 CAPAC Grant to record "Six Movements for Marimba with Violin, Cello, Flute & Oboe". Commissioned by Beverly Johnson.
1986 Toronto Symphony Education Programmes Arrangement Grant
1983 Ontario Arts Council Grant Composition Grant
198l CAPAC Recording Grant.
1976 Ron Collier Composition Award.
1970 Travel Grant from Canada Council to London, England
1969 Scholarship from University of Dartmouth to study the cello