Boomkat Product Review:
Blurring the lines between avant-jazz and the extremes of modernist contemporary classical music, Kyle Brenders' Ways is an engrossing, if occasionally intimidating work. Featuring an instrumental palette that includes sax, trumpet, cello, contrabass, percussion and a Korg MS20, the album introduces aspects of free improvisation to a kind of open-source pre-composed base material. "Kyle Brenders' Ways explores that fertile space between structure and freedom. Written for musicians from Toronto's burgeoning improvised music scene, Brenders' score specifies material to be looped, stretched, repeated, and layered, allowing the players wide latitude to mutate their given material. Brenders' unique musical language draws on the avant-jazz tradition of mentor Anthony Braxton on the one hand, and the esoteric formations of Alvin Lucier on the other. The listener is invited to experience ways of hearing - ways of hearing space, ways of hearing connections, ways of hearing transformation."