Artist of the Week: Kyle Malove

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“Kyle Malove performs a piece on the bass clarinet.” (via Rachel Rutstein, Junior)

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This week Kyle Malove spoke to us about about his experience playing in the Pine Crest band. Kyle Malove is a junior at Pine Crest who has been playing the bass clarinet ever since he was about eight years old. He gives Type One an exclusive interview where he shares his tips, thoughts, and love for the bass clarinet.

T1: How old were you when you started playing the clarinet?

Kyle: I was in 4th grade, so I was about nine. I started playing the clarinet, but switched to bass clarinet a year later, so I’ve been playing bass clarinet for about six years.

T1: What is your favorite genre of music? Why?

Kyle: I like contemporary because it is more of a soloist approach. This solo nature of contemporary is seen in the pieces I enjoy playing. It enhances me and my instrument.

T1: Who is your favorite musician?

Kyle: Probably Bobby Minzer because he plays my instrument. He is the greatest bass clarinet player for jazz music.

T1: What influences your music?

Kyle: Daily life influences my music. The fact that it helps relieve stress leads me to play more and more.

T1: Why do you enjoy playing the bass clarinet? What is your favorite thing about it?

Kyle: It is a great way to express myself. It is something I have been doing for a long time and I’ve grown to love it.

T1: What is your favorite memory?

Kyle: My favorite memory would have to be playing solo at the University of Miami honor band at Gusman Hall.

T1: What is your favorite quote?

Kyle: Bach: “Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.”

T1: What is some important knowledge you have gained from music?

Kyle: Music has taught me to harmonize. I’m also more aware around of my surroundings now. When you’re playing you have to be able to hear everything but you also have to be individualistic. While all the different parts are playing around you, you have to still be able to play your own part and differentiate it from the others.

T1: How will you use music for the rest of high school and your career?

Kyle: I will continue to play in and out of school ensembles and continue in college by playing in ensembles at the college level.

T1: What is your biggest challenge with playing music?

Kyle: My biggest challenge is probably when I’m performing in groups, which include the best players in the state. I struggle while trying to put myself on the same level.

T1: What is your biggest accomplishment in terms of playing music?

Kyle: My biggest accomplishment, well I don’t know if I have one that’s the biggest accomplishment, but playing 1st chair in the top band at the UM honor band Wind Festival was definitely a great achievement.

T1: How would you describe your creative process?

Kyle: Rinse and repeat. What I mean by this is that you do something once and you probably will not like the sound of it so you have continue to practice until you get the sound that you will enjoy.

T1: What are three words to describe yourself?

Kyle: Unique, I guess, hard working, and reliable.

T1: What do you hope people will take away from your work?

Kyle: I hope people will listen to me playing and will want to pick up an instrument themselves.