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

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Premiere of "Fly High, Fly Low",
a 36-min orchestral work performed by the Davis High School Orchestra, narrator Jennifer Reason and conductor Angelo Moreno.  Davis, CA  


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Premiere of "Melody and the Missing Music", a 30-min piece for narrator, choir and puppetry, on a story by world-famous author and illustrator David Ezra Stein.  Performed by
Forest Hills Choir with Ben Arendsen conducting.  Forest Hills, NY


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"Song of the Redwood-Tree :
The Music of Sunny Knable

RESCHEDULED from March 31, 2020
Album-release concert of
"Song of the Redwood-Tree"
on MSR Classics
featuring "Red Mendelssohn" violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn and frequent collaborator Barbara Podgurski;
Texas-based bassoonist Scott Pool, pianist Natsuki Fukasawa, and
New York based chamber groups Parhelion Trio and Trio Cabrini.  

Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC

Knable's third composition album, "Keys", featuring harpsichordist Faythe Vollrath, marimbist Matthew Lau, and Sunny Knable on piano was released on Trouvère Records in 2022.