Phil Kline was raised in Akron, Ohio. He graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English Literature before embarking on a musical career . I have heard about Phil Kline when he was playing with NYC`s downtown scene Glen Branca`s Guitar ensemble during the 80`s. I had a recording studio in Brooklyn back then, and when we were not busy making hard core east coast hip hop records, we were recording all those wonderful experimental musicians like Elliott Sharp, John Zorn, David Linton, Arto Lindsey, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, to name a few. I have forgotten that name till I got a promo mail few days ago about a project organized by DC based brothers duo Bluebrain, to gather all those musicians (members of Animal Collective) and compose a phil Kline inspired Boombox event, a composition UNSILENT NIGHT debuted on the sidewalks of Greenwich Village in 1992 and is now a cult holiday tradition. It has spread to cities like Baltimore, Charleston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Diego, and San Francisco, as well as Canada (Alberta, Saskatchewan and Vancouver), Germany (Berlin), the UK (Middlesborough), Australia (Sydney), and the Yukon. His other musical journeys include ZIPPO SONGS, a song cycle based on poems that American GIs inscribed on their cigarette lighters in Vietnam, that was one of the most talked about CDs of 2004 released by Cantaloupe Music, In addition to alternative spaces, Kline’s compositions have been performed at Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Miller Theatre, the Whitney Museum, MASS MoCA, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and London’s Barbican Centre. It is an honor for the Lofiles team to feature this article and we urge you guys to buy this great great musician`s music.
Listen to few of his amazin projects