|Intents & Purposes documents Bruckmann's first visit to the Chicago scene since leaving for the Bay Area in 2003, as well as Wrack's chamber-group-meets-creative-improvisation sound, which bridges the gap between modern classical music and Chicago's experimental jazz scene.
"As an oboist," writes Bruckmann in the liner notes, "I have little choice but to approach jazz tangentially, cautiously sidling up alongside it. Whether or not Wrack 'sounds like' jazz is immaterial; I'm only concerned that it behaves like jazz. The notation often deliberately eludes perfectibility, in an attempt to embrace the 'mistake' and circumvent the paralysis always threatening classical performance practice. The processes employed attempt to drag all the players into the action as engaged creative partners, with equitable distribution of cuing responsibilities and improvising space."
"Kyle Bruckmann's discography paints a picture of a modern day renaissance musician," wrote Dusted's Adam Strohm. For the past decade, the double-reed player/composer has embraced musical endeavors ranging from classical to electronic to experimental rock to free improvisation, performing throughout the U.S. and Europe and appearing on more than 30 recordings. From 1996-2003, he worked in Chicago as a freelance orchestral musician while also collaborating extensively with members of the city's experimental music scene. Now based in San Francisco, Bruckmann performs regularly with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the Bay Area while working within a vibrant international community of improvisers and sound artists.