Kyra Sims

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Kyra Sims is a collaborative musician, composer, writer, and actress residing in New York City. She is an extremely versatile artist with her talents on French horn ranging from virtuosic classical soloist to cutting-edge improviser. She is an excellent vocalist with the flexibility to lend her warm and sultry voice to many genres and styles of music. Her innovative blend of vocal and horn performance give her appearances a soulful depth that touch a range of emotions. A recent graduate from Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Michelle Baker, Kyra is quickly making her mark in NYC. She has performed in NYC venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge in the Village, and Jazz Standard. She happily brings her horn and voice into any genre that will have her- she enjoys and regularly performs not only classical, but also rock, pop, folk, and jazz styles. She has performed all across the country, and all over the world in countries such as China, Italy, and Greece. She has backed notable artists such as Frank Ocean at the 2014 Met Opera gala, Zola Jesus, bassist Reggie Workman, and trumpeter Wallace Roney. As an orchestral musician, she has played under Kurt Masur at Manhattan School of Music, and Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival. She has collaborated with and performed in two NYC premieres this year: Bum Phillips All-American Opera at La Mama, and the experimental jazz piece American Dialogues at the Museum of Modern Art. Kyra made her composing debut this year as the Composer/Sound Designer for the New York Neo-Futurists’ 2015 Mainstage production, The Human Symphony, for which she received a New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination for Outstanding Sound Design. She joined the Neo-Futurists as an ensemble member two months later. As an actress, Kyra has performed on the Upright Citizens Brigade stage as an advanced student, and in indie improv teams around the city. She has also participated in NYC experimental and collaborative theatre, including Argument Sessions at Ars Nova, Jeremy Goren’s Wistaria, Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, and the enigmatic classic, Why Else do you have an English Horn?