Sunny Knable


(b. 1983)


F E A T U R E D   R E V I E W S

"Knable clearly understands the bassoon’s vast possibilities beyond its traditional instrumental setting. His compositional expertise grounds his explorative instrumental creations and answers his own question 'Why does this work have to exist?' Because it is great!"

-Tiina Kiik, The WholeNote, May/June 2020

“The genius of [36 Views of Mount Fuji] is the singularity of subject. Each of the 36 short movements are strung together by a common harmonic language and by the shared trait of Fuji. This shared subject allows for a sense of immense scale and provides a unique perspective from every movement. Natsuki Fukasawa navigated these changing moods and perspectives with ease and commitment. She would enjoy a spritely, whimsical character one moment, only to jolt us back to life with a tempestuous flurry of notes.”

-Colin Roshak, Anchorage Press, November 2019

"This [nice jazzy vibe] continues with 'Glassworks' by pianist/composer Sunny Knable. The exact title reference to Philip Glass is very intentional; this work having been written for a different trio in Glass’s seventy-fifth birthday year. Each of the five one-minute movements reflects a different “state of glass” but, save some minimalist noodlings, sounds not at all like Phil Glass. This is another very light and entertaining work."

-Daniel Coombs, Audiophile Audition, February 2016

“The Magic Fish [is composed] in a witty style with lovely melodic music by composer Sunny Knable…[whose] music is romantic and lilting.”

-Victor Gluck,, October 2015


"Mr. Knable... displayed a fine ear for instrumental sonority and a wealth of thematic invention.  With all of his gifts as a composer and performer, his progress will be worth watching."

-Angel Sutton,, January 2012

"Lately, the group Citywater has been keen on embracing the work of Sacramentan and New York-based composer Sunny Knable.  And it was with the premiere of his "Music of the Rails" that this bright sextet offered up its greatest charms on Sunday... it was an impressive work whose music offered up sparks of color and inventiveness."

-Edward Ortiz, Sacramento Bee, November 2010

E V E N T S​



Rhymes With Opera: 1-minute Operas: Baritone Robert Maril premieres Knable's 1-minute opera for vocalist and electronics, "Hast Thou Considered My Servant, Job?", on a playlet by Thornton Wilder-  Rhymes With Opera's FaceBook Live page



Percussia in Concert: Ingrid Gordon and Susan Jolles premiere "envelop(e)" for Orff Xylophone and Celtic Harp
Free Synagogue of Flushing, NY



Natsuki Fukasawa in Recital 

Performing Knable's "36 Views of Mount Fuji"

St. Mary's College, Moraga, CA

Knable's second composition album, "Song of the Redwood-Tree: The Bassoon Works of Sunny Knable" was released on MSR Classics in 2020.

Knable's published bassoon works are available on TrevCo-Varner Music Publishing including: "Song of the Redwood-Tree" (2013) for soprano, bassoon and piano, ca. 20 min.; and "The Busking Bassoonist" (2013) for bassoon and piano (with optional theatrical elements), ca. 17 min.

Knable was commissioned to compose a piece with world-famous children's author/illustrator David Ezra Stein for the Forest Hills Choir, to be performed in 2021.

Knable will be composing a piece for Davis High School on the children's book "Fly High, Fly Low" by Don Freeman.